Fedora disconnection?

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 02:22:49 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-07-29 at 21:39 -0400, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> Hi folks,
> Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > On Mon, 2008-07-28 at 21:35 -0500, Gian Paolo Mureddu wrote:
> >> Like Paul suggests, maybe it would be a good time to conduct a usability 
> >> study among Fedora users?  I understand that Fedora advances through its 
> >> contributors, but it's supported by its users.
> > 
> > Just to be very clear, I'm not suggesting that the Fedora Project has
> > the resources to do such a study.  They're very time consuming and can
> > be costly.  So the chances are *very* small of all those costs coming
> > out of our (equally) small budget.
> > 
> > What I suggested was that interested and experienced community members
> > band together to design and implement these tests.  There is much more
> > to usability testing than simply making lists of what people would like
> > to see.  It's a highly organized science of its own.  Those difficulties
> > translate directly into high costs, which is why we don't conduct them
> > centrally.  So while I agree that now is "a good time" to do it, that
> > doesn't solve the problem of *who* is going to do it, and *how*.
> If it's any help at all, it is really really easy to conduct your own 
> usability tests. You need to have a target for the test first. We did 
> this recently at FUDcon for the Fedora website. I'll walk you through 
> exactly how we did this quickly so you can see how to do it yourself:

Well hush my mouth, this sounds great.  But the key factor is the
"target" part -- and mostly the studies that I've seen users advocate is
a limitless problem set, without boundaries.  So I mistakenly brought
that knee-jerk bias to this conversation, which is my own fault.

Paul W. Frields
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