[OH-Dev] UX Team for OpenHatch
asheesh at asheesh.org
Fri Aug 2 21:54:58 UTC 2013
(I'm moving a conversation to devel@ that started out in some private
I was recently remembering fondly how, at PyCon sprints, how at the PyCon
Sprints in 2013, Heather and Flora put in a lot of effort to understand
how to use the site, and identified a whole lot of places where the flows
between pages can be improved.
I got some enthusiasm from Heather and Flora for kick-starting a user
experience effort for the site. After watching a friend use the site, it
is clear I am so blind to the site's many sharp edges, and I would love
for things to be better!
I think we agreed the simplest thing is to have people write up a few
different use cases for what people do with the site -- for example, add a
project to their profile -- and the current click path. Optionally, also
provide the click path you think people *should* go through. This is often
called user testing, and often done by people who declare themselves as
"user experience" people.
https://openhatch.org/bugs/issue869 ('There should be an "Edit projects"
button on one's own profile page'), recently fixed by Susan Tan, is a
great example of a UX bug of the kind I'm thinking of. I filed it after
watching someone click around the site and have a harder time than needed.
Perhaps it makes sense to form an ad-hoc "UX team", of people who
self-identify as caring about the UX, and have them write up a few of
these click paths and submit them to the list. Heather and Flora, I'll
leave this in your hands for now, but I might send you a ping in a week or
something. (-: (And I presume it's OK with you if others stand up and say,
"Yes, I care about the OpenHatch site's user experience" and then start
emailing Devel and/or filing bugs.)
(And if you need any other input from me, say so! Oh and IRC is usually an
even better way to reach me, but I also expect the Devel list to work!)
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