Thanks for your comments and suggestions for what else to hide (or not) as part of the advanced menus. I noticed that several of you requested that we do NOT hide the "new replica" menu item.
PLEASE note that RIGHT AT THE TOP LEVEL of the file menu, we have added a menu item called:
Make Available Offilne..., as shown in the following picture.
The pictue above shows what Samantha will see in the Replication pull-right when the Advanced menus are turned OFF. (yes, we considered putting "Make Available Offline... "in the Replication pull-right, but normal users like Samantha do not know what the heck replication is to begin with, and we were trying to make it easier for her to discover how to create a local replica all by herself.)
And here is the dialog that she'll see when she picks that menu item. Notice that we're trying to teach her, by giving her sentences like "Make the thing available off-line by creating a LOCAL REPLICA.)
So, this menu item is SPECIFIC for making a LOCAL REPLICA ONLY, whereas the general "New replica" dialog was for making any kind of replica... and we noticed in our usability tests that most users got REALLY confused because our old "new replica" dialog asked for a SERVER name... it just flummoxed them from the start. (Here is the "new replica" dialog to refresh your memory):
so the idea is that ADVANCED users can continue to use this dialog to make a local replica, or a server replica (and I am told that 99.9% of business users would NEVER be allowed to make a server replica) if they want, but most business users will never have to encounter the above dialog.
So let me know if I am wrong about business users being allowed to make a server replica. And maybe in another post I'll tell you how I really feel about the face that we have replication defaults AND replication options AND a regular and hi-priority replication schedule that is based on your LOCATION... It is a huge usability challenge, and we hope that we made a few positive steps.