Re: Hackers, users and Usibility - Was: Re: Control Center Behavior

On Thu, 2002-07-18 at 21:37, Mark Finlay wrote:
> Appart from that, most of the users of the forum are 'users' - that's
> the idea. Hackers have their lists - users have their forum - most of
> their problems are a joke for myself or anyone else on this list to fix
> - but I set up the forum to help the "new and un-experienced" users with
> GNOME. So the forum users are EXACTLY who you should be listening to.
> These are the users who's friends aren't hackers - these are the people
> who are a single gnome user in a sea of microsoft - these are the users
> who will tell their m$ using friends if they like gnome and feel that
> their opinion counts - these are the users who represent what your
> average microsft users thinks of GNOME.

hi there,

i know these lines aren't meant for me but i read them on the public
list... i have an idea floating around in my head for a couple of days
now which probably would make this situation lighten up much.

the one side says 'the majority of silent users know we are right' and
the other side is 'you don't listen much to users needs or what users
really want'. from personal expirience i know that many people usually
are silent because they know they can't do much or if they contribute
some conversation that they really fast getting marked as trolls because
they collide with the opinions of the developers.

what i would like to see is something like a 'fillout form' on
that people can use to fill out what they think about gnome. there is
something like a inquire going around every couple of months where you
collect people's opinions i would say that a couple of usability people
gonna set up a reasonable form with critical major questions that people
can answer from a bunch of predefined answers (that way you avoid real


Q: how do you like the new way of entering preferences through nautilus.
A: [ ] the nautilus preferences stuff is good.
   [ ] the nautilus preferences stuff i can live with.
   [ ] i don't like how nautilus does that stuff.

Q: generally asked do you like preferences beeing managed with nautilus.
A: [ ] i like the old way through a real control-center.
   [ ] the nautilus way is cool.
   [ ] i am prefer the menu way as is now.

something like this, well choosen 'critical' questions in a inquire
answered by users and a summary at the end so you can always argue that
you asked the people outside.

ideas ?

Name....: Ali Akcaagac
Status..: Student Of Computer & Economic Science
E-Mail..: mailto:ali akcaagac stud fh-wilhelmshaven de

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