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Helping improve Joomla User Experience
This is great news! Glad to see some clean up of the backend UX. Now I believe is the time to help the frontend a bit more. Right now you can only delete, unpublish, and feature articles from the backend (without the help of other extensions). With the new J3 drop down menu for front end article editing I would imagine it being easier to implemented it to be like the backend.