Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 06:41:49 AM EST
Well.. this is meta... real real real meta.
I have asked a friend to come to visit this site.. so that he could tell me what things prevent him from registering...
Let me point out that my friend is "into this kind of stuff"... and still.
Here is a list of the things he would like to see... plus some of mine.. plus some of others.
This is a heavily heavily constructive diary.. so please if you come here to just state criticism for the sake of criticism.. this is not the place. We love this site, get it? :)
Actually, that was some kind of joke since I can not imagine anyone in the community doing differently.
So go below the fold...
So here they go the points he told me...more or less in history list..
First, well, I am sorry, he is spanish.. first problem for him: it is in English.. Sorry friend.. there is nothing we can do about it.
Second thing he did not like.. "How XXXX do you post a comment???". His reaction has an explanation: In Spain there is always an option to post a comment, you click and if you are not loged-in then in the same page you are offered the option to log-in or just create an account in the same page.. "please log here o please do here the account" ( Sometimes they send you to the "create an account" page with a link.. and I must say I do not like it and prefer "on the spot" account.. so I agree with my friend here).
Third... "mail? receiving a mail to activiate account?". He did not like to wait for a mail for posting just a comment (actually I do not mind that much).. which he was ready to do despite the language...In spanish blogs comments are that easy. Clik "post a comment, create an account on the spot and just comment". According to him, they should be just as easy here...
And here he quit, "posting a comment so complex"? He just quit it here...I asked him to come back to look for other things he may like.. but now it is not something coming from a first impression (which is the thing I trust).
He then only had another idea... make it easy on front-page to make a diary or a news... make it very prominent...Of course he had no account so he could not see how to do it.. But he would have expected... "propose a story" in the a huge link in the FP just as easy as acomment... He also did not understand the Diary concept for a while (I had to press him on that.. he had no particualr idea what it meant or I think even realized it was there). For him it was just front-page histories in-waiting or news.
So this is it.... And here I add now some other proposals I heard or discussed
-Make it easy to invite a friend via mail
-Define everything as stories.. or FP proposals or whatever name.. but more in line with a news report or a blog entry... mixing the two concepts in one seems nice.
-Personal opinon: I would say in Spain the idea of FP post in waiting or FP news proposals would have more track.. just an idea.. I do not know in France or UK.
-Put the breakfast an open thread in prominent places always.
Unfortuantely he did not give any opinion about the aescetics of the place...Did it look to overwelming or not.. did it look so much that?....sorry no input..the fact that he could not post a comment easily or "propose a FP" story easily made him quit.
So.. please chime in....I would love to hear about other ideas...
What do you think?