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  • What's New / New Posts

    66 86.84%
  • Forums Tab and then browse individual Forums

    51 67.11%
  • Search

    18 23.68%
  • Threads I Posted in (AP Extras)

    15 19.74%
  • My Posts (AP Extras)

    12 15.79%
  • My Threads (AP Extras)

    12 15.79%
  • Random CC Thread

    11 14.47%
  • Other

    4 5.26%
  • Google Search (site)

    1 1.32%
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Thread: 2012 AusPhotography Site Usability Survey -- Guest : Feedback needed (personalised thread)

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    2012 AusPhotography Site Usability Survey -- Guest : Feedback needed (personalised thread)

    We are always looking to improve the AusPhotography member experience.
    This is your opportunity to provide some constructive feedback on the site usability.


    We will collate the results and use it as feedback to the vBulletin development team where relevant
    and use it for our own improvements.


    Content discovery
    What are you three main methods of finding items on AusPhotography?
    Please select up to 3 methods you use.
    Please comment of what you like and/or dislike about finding content.


    Editor functions
    Please comment on the posting tool.
    What do you like and/or dislike?
    Do you use some of the rich text edit functions?
    Which mode do you use? (Did you even know you could change your settings?)
    • Enhanced Interface - Full WYSIWYG Editing
    • Basic Editor - A simple text box
    • Standard Editor - Extra formatting controls


    Shortcuts
    Please comment of the use of site shortcuts.
    Eg. The new 'New Thread' icons on the forum list; also the AP Extras menu.
    Do you use many of the site shortcuts?


    Library
    Do you use the library?
    Are you aware the you can contribute to the library?
    (50 posts + 30days membership)


    Competitions
    Do you enter and/or vote on competitions?
    Is there anything you would like to see improved?


    AP Tools
    Do you any of the AP Tools menu items?


    Profile and Settings
    Do you update your profile and/or change you settings at all?


    Site notices
    Do you dismiss notices (the green X on the right hand side) once read?


    Other feedback
    Any other comments?


    Thanks!
    regards, Kym Gallery Honest & Direct Constructive Critique Appreciated! ©
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    Overall I find the usability of the site to be quite good. A few specific comments...

    Un-answered Threads - I use this occasionally (although been slack recently ) but find it a bit cumbersome to use as there is a lot of stuff pulled up that don't require responses (comp announcements for example). I think if this just displayed posts from the critique forums and in reverse order (oldest first) it would be a lot more useful. Maybe should be a new item ("Un-answered Critique" for example), and might need a cut-off period (within the last 30/60 days etc) to avoid dredging up really old stuff.

    Links in Posts - some time ago when a link was included in a post, the text that was to be displayed (defaulted same as URL) was highlighted in the HTML automatically, making it easy to replace with the text you wanted to display. That doesn't happen now which makes it a bit harder to find and replace the text. Ideally a popup like that in gmail with two text entry fields (one for the URL and one for the text to be displayed) would be good. (This is not a big issue but would be useful I think, esp for new users).

    Comps - no problems, the comp system is great. However an enhancement I'd like is for entrants to be able to see the voting spread for their entries (as a histogram would be great , but not essential). For example I would prefer to know that i got two 8's and ten 2's (average = 3) rather than twelve 5's (average = 5). I think this would encourage entries from those that predominantly shoot less popular genres as they would get more value from comp results.


    Thanks for taking the time to get our views...



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    @Phil
    1. New Un-answered CC Threads in AP Extras sub menu (good idea)
    2. Links in Posts - you can do that by type the text first, highlighting it then using the link tool
      The reason it changed was the new advanced WYSIWYG editor
    3. Comp result histogram - it's been suggested before and we have the data,
      but it could lead to issues if members saw the outliers (why did I get a 1 and fred got a 10)
      It is unlikely we would do this


    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Content discovery
    My first port of call is always the new posts button. I really like that one. Secondly, I like the random CC thread (is that new?). Other than those, I regularly use search to find what I'm looking for.


    Editor functions
    I usually use quick reply, unless I'm posting images and want a preview, where I'll go advanced. I don't use many of the rich editing functions as I'm comfortable just typing the appropriate tags as I go.


    Shortcuts
    I rely heavily on the site shortcuts. They're very efficient to find commonly used search terms quickly.


    Library
    I didn't know there was a library... I really should check it out to find out what that is.


    Competitions
    I have entered one competition and was very pleased with it, and will enter more. I have voted on some. One thing I have noticed is that when there are many entries, sometimes I don't vote as it takes so long to preview them all.


    AP Tools
    I haven't used any of these. Again something I should check out.


    Profile and Settings
    Yes, I like to keep my profile up to date as much as I can.


    Site notices
    Thanks - I didn't realise I could dismiss them. It's been bugging me scrolling past them to get to content.


    Other feedback
    Great forum... one of the best.
    Please don't hesitate to provide me with CC! I'd love to hear your thoughts regarding any of my images. Thanks!

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    @Eberbachl - re: Comps voting.
    If anyone has a suggestion for a faster system please suggest it.
    The simple list with 1-10 radio buttons is the least clicks option based on KISS

    Thanks for the feedback

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    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound critical and I don't have a faster system to suggest. I'm probably just being lazy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eberbachl View Post
    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound critical and I don't have a faster system to suggest. I'm probably just being lazy.
    But IT systems are for lazy people... we need to make the user experience as easy as possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post
    2. Links in Posts - you can do that by type the text first, highlighting it then using the link tool
    The reason it changed was the new advanced WYSIWYG editor
    Thanks Kym (I wondered if I was missing something).

    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post
    3. Comp result histogram - it's been suggested before and we have the data,
    but it could lead to issues if members saw the outliers (why did I get a 1 and fred got a 10)
    It is unlikely we would do this
    My thinking was that you would only see the spread for your own entries...



    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fillum View Post
    My thinking was that you would only see the spread for your own entries...
    I'll chat with Rick
    Last edited by Kym; 25-04-2012 at 7:46pm.

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    Hi Kym an Rick, I would just like to say that I have found the site great as it work well and for what I have jointed it for, I have got more then I wanted out of it. I have really enjoyed everything about the site which is a great credit to you and rick. Thanks very much for having a smooth run site in my eyes.

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    Keep the feedback coming ... it helps us provide a better service

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    The usabilty of this site is outstanding in comparison to others. I've never had any issues with browsing and have never lost a thread. My primary focus is to see what others have posted and to gain specific information on aspects of the technical side of photography. Well done Kym and Rick, keep up the outstanding work.

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    Content discovery
    What are you three main methods of finding items on AusPhotography?
    New Posts, Forum and AP Extras
    Please select up to 3 methods you use.
    As above
    Please comment of what you like and/or dislike about finding content.
    I dislike nothing...there are many ways of finding content.


    Editor functions
    Please comment on the posting tool.
    What do you like and/or dislike?
    I like it all...very user friendly, lots of emoticons to choose etc.
    Do you use some of the rich text edit functions?
    Yes, like right now! LOL
    Which mode do you use? (Did you even know you could change your settings?)

    Enhanced Interface - Full WYSIWYG Editing
    Basic Editor - A simple text box
    Standard Editor - Extra formatting controls

    Um, no, I just write and show my photo. Basic, I guess.

    Shortcuts
    Please comment of the use of site shortcuts.
    Eg. The new 'New Thread' icons on the forum list; also the AP Extras menu.
    Do you use many of the site shortcuts?

    Yes - often. I use it to see unanswered threads, to see my threads etc.


    Library
    Do you use the library?
    Are you aware the you can contribute to the library?
    (50 posts + 30days membership)

    I have used the library in the past and have seen others contribute to the library.

    Competitions
    Do you enter and/or vote on competitions?
    Yes, I have entered and voted on competitions.
    Is there anything you would like to see improved?
    No

    AP Tools
    Do you any of the AP Tools menu items?
    No, i didn't know about it even though it is next to the AP Extras! Might check it out later.

    Profile and Settings
    Do you update your profile and/or change you settings at all?
    Yes


    Site notices
    Do you dismiss notices (the green X on the right hand side) once read?
    Yes


    Other feedback
    Any other comments?
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    This is a very usable site - much better than others I've visited. Lately, I've been using the AP Extras and Quick Links more often lately since they get me more quickly to the areas I like to read first.

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    Content discovery
    My first stop is always the new posts button, that's a must for me. I regularly use search bar for all my research on everything.


    Please comment of what you like and/or dislike about finding content.
    I think it is very easy to find what I want.


    Editor functions
    I usually use quick reply, I will become more familiar with it soon


    Shortcuts
    I use them all the time


    Library
    I have used the library and find it very useful and I am learning a lot.


    Competitions
    I have voted on some.

    AP Tools
    I haven't used any of these, I will check the out

    Profile and Settings
    Yes, I like to keep my profile up to date.


    Site notices
    Once read, yes I do dismiss the notices



    Other feedback
    Great forum! one of the best, well done
    Last edited by flyreels; 18-07-2012 at 9:14pm.

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    Closed as the menu system has changed since this poll was started

    Thanks for the feedback

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