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Provide a way to identify the source of a block #16521

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Otto42 opened this issue Jul 10, 2019 · 4 comments

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commented Jul 10, 2019

With the prevalence of new blocks and possibly the start of a new block directory, it seems like more and more it is possible for users to be using a block without knowing where it came from.

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https://www.reddit.com/r/Wordpress/comments/cb58se/why_is_my_gutenberg_table_of_contents_non/

TL;DR: User asked about a table of contents block, when asked what plugin added it, they thought it was a default block.

Blocks need to have some way to identify themselves and where they come from to the end-user. Simple "branding" isn't going to be enough, this should be built into the structure of the block system and exposed somewhere as a standard item.

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commented Jul 10, 2019

💯 I see this at our local meetup as well.

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commented Aug 1, 2019

I have noticed the Plugin directory started to list block in the detail view by their name (prefix/block format). See for example https://wordpress.org/plugins/atomic-blocks/#blocks.

It might be good to show this block name somewhere in the UI of Gutenberg. What about the sidebar with block settings? Would that be too prominent?

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I guess the block name was always considered something that users don't directly see but with those being slowly exposed in other places and the issue with identifying blocks, this might become important.

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commented Aug 1, 2019

The Block Manager could be another good place where this would make sense and won't be on eyes all the time.

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Or the new Help Panel being developed in #16813.

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commented Aug 2, 2019

If we instrument collections (#16866), it could be surfaced next to the block name / description in the sidebar.

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