User Experience

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We need help doing user experience testing! This means users testing our software, observing what does and doesn't work for them, and recording that.

If you're here to help (HOORAY!) go to the testing instance set up by Caleb Davis: (was down, is back up!)

Sign up for an account*, add some pictures** and play around. Take some notes and then either set up an account on this wiki and add your thoughts to this page or email them to Please include your operating system and what browser you're using.

* Your email validation link may be in your spam folder!
** NOTHING ON THIS INSTANCE IS PERMANENT. This is for user experience testing only... your pics will be wiped!

You'll be able to give us the best feedback if you don't look at anyone else's notes before you start. Thanks for helping us with usability!! We really appreciate it!


User notes go in this section

From Jenny on Google Chrome 13.0.782.220 in Mac OSX 10.6.8

  • login ok, uploading file ok.
  • can enter profile description but it doesn't seem to show up anywhere?
  • no crash after attemping to upload a non-image and then uploading a real image (jpg)
  • uploaded a sideways image and there is no way to rotate it.

From Jenny on Safari 5.1 in Mac OSX 10.6.8

  • login ok, uploading ok
  • same problem with profile description - it's filled in but doesn't appear in the profile.
  • everything seems to work ok.

From Deb using Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx (Netbook remix version on an Aspire One) with Firefox version 3.6.18 for Ubuntu on 9.8.2011

  • could still use a little note explaining how tags work
  • submission is easy
  • seems odd that I can't add a picture of myself to my profile on a picture site
  • will people be able to search by pic tags? or search for users?
  • will people be able to group pics into albums?
  • maybe we could have something that is more obviously a dashboard than clicking on the username

Past notes

Are here,

General thoughts on running a user experience test

Could someone with experience with this fill in info here? ;)

I (Jan-Christoph Borchardt) write a thesis at the moment on Coordinating low-cost usability testing in independent free & open source software projects
There are many small tips and recipes on how to do your own testing. Especially look into the Methods part.
Please let me know if you have any other experiences with testing, I intend on regularly updating that document and release the full version freely licensed once it’s done as well as some kind of a quick start guide.

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