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Hey guys, JustLeafy here, and today, I am going to list advantages and disadvantages about all of the editors in Fandom.

VisualEditor

VisualEditor is the first editor that pretty much any desktop user tries when they make their first contribution in the entire site.

Advantages

  • Easy to use for new users.
  • New interface.
  • It looks almost exactly the same as the article area when editing.
  • Good toolbar.

Disadvantages

  • Very buggy and slow at times.
  • Sometimes does not save because somebody was editing an article for a long period of time.

Source Editor

Source Editor is a very helpful editor, especially when you master wikitext.

Advantages

  • Very good for creating templates.
  • Can make extra features (e.g. collapsible text) which the VisualEditor (or other editors) can't make.
  • Not buggy.
  • A helpful editor when creating blogs.
  • It sometimes is pretty fast.

Disadvantages

  • Complicated for new users.
  • Old interface.

Classic rich-text editor

Classic RTE is the older version of the VisualEditor. IMO, this is the worst editor, and I dislike it so much that I want it removed, except if you want to make a blog post or something.

Advantages

  • Undoing and redoing changes while editing.
  • Has left, center and right buttons.

Disadvantages

  • It doesn't show infoboxes.
  • After inserting a new template, publishing, then going back to the same editor, it only shows the template logo. What if you don't know the template name?
  • Old interface.
  • It doesn't exist in mobile.
  • It doesn't support complex mode. It shows how weak the classic rich-text editor is.
  • When moving an image, it doesn't show a line above the image, making a perfect image placement difficult.
  • We already have the VisualEditor, so what's the point of keeping the old one?

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VisualEditor Source Editor

The same as Source Editor, except that you need to go into VisualEditor in order to go over there.

Advantages

  • You can switch into Source Editor in one click (IMO, a tabber feature would've been better).
  • Useful to edit source editor only elements like polls.

Disadvantages

  • No code highlighting.

Mobile Editor

Mobile Editor is the first editor of most of the mobile users.

Advantages

  • Mobile-friendly interface.
  • It includes the source of the page.
  • A nice and clean interface.
  • Not buggy.

Disadvantages

  • You can only edit in sections.
  • There's no visual editor for the mobile interface.
  • There is no toolbar.

InfoboxBuilder

InfoboxBuilder is the one and only visual editor of portable infoboxes.

Advantages

  • A nice and clean interface.
  • Very good for visually naming (some), adding and moving infobox elements.
  • Has extra features like collapsible section headers and an automatic article name for the infobox title.
  • Not buggy.

Disadvantages

  • Can't be used for an infobox for a second time. It can be only used once per infobox.

Advanced Source Editor

The ASE is the source editor of portable infoboxes. It is also used for CSS, JavaScript and Lua.

Advantages

  • Very good for creating and customizing portable infoboxes and including extra features.
  • It shows colors (e.g. light green for tags, blue for quoted words like "text" etc.).
  • Not buggy.

Disadvantages

  • Some Android users have a problem removing some text (at least it happens to me).
  • Old interface.

Comment/Reply Editor

The comment reply editor is the main reason why you can comment on articles, reply on forum threads, message walls and blogs!

Advantages

  • Has the option to choose between source and visual mode.
  • Has an option to preview comments and replies.
  • The reason why you can communicate (apart from chat, Discussions and the creation of blog posts).
  • No bugs apart from some templates.

Disadvantages

  • Old interface.
  • Sometimes views buggy templates.

Mobile Main Page Curator

This cool looking editor is the reason why mobile users can have the best experience in the mobile main page.

Advantages

  • Curated content, which are valuable sources for a wiki.
  • New interface.
  • Mobile friendly.
  • An easier way to navigate all around the wiki with featured content and categories.
  • Not buggy.

Disadvantages

  • Wikitext is not supported.

Userpage Info Editor

This editor is the reason why you have a customized avatar, and have some "about" information.

Advantages

  • You can customize your avatar. You still have default avatars if you don't know which avatar you can use.
  • Provides a decent amount of info, including favorite wikis and external links.
  • Not buggy.

Disadvantages

  • You can't add a wiki (that you have contributed in) as a favorite wiki.

Ratings

Here are my ratings for the editors:

  • VisualEditor: 8/10.
  • Source Editor: 9/10.
  • Classic RTE: 3/10.
  • VisualEditor Source Editor: 8.5/10.
  • Mobile Editor: 6/10.
  • InfoboxBuilder: 9/10.
  • Advanced Source Editor: 9/10.
  • Comment/Reply Editor: 8.5/10.
  • Mobile Main Page Curator: 9/10.
  • Userpage Info Editor: 8.5/10.