[DC LoCo] Looking for guinea pigs for usability testing...

flint at flint.com flint at flint.com
Fri Oct 3 15:09:07 BST 2008

Dear Ted,

I have a Teen Center here in Barre Vermont that I could "upgrade" to 
your KDE beta...


How to organize test and evaluation is the real question.



On Fri, 3 Oct 2008, Celeste Lyn Paul wrote:

> Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 08:34:13 -0400
> From: Celeste Lyn Paul <celeste at kde.org>
> To: Ted Smith <teddks at gmail.com>
> Cc: Ubuntu-DC-Loco <ubuntu-us-dc at lists.ubuntu.com>
> Subject: Re: [DC LoCo] Looking for guinea pigs for usability testing...
> Hi Ted,
> Despite my work in KDE, this is actually an activity focussing on Ubuntu and
> GNOME (I hope future activities can include KDE). When I say "inexperienced"
> people, I'm looking for "normal" users, with or without a lot of Linux
> experience.  "Normal" users are those who don't necessarily have problem
> solving skills to fix something when it breaks, or know how to look up help
> in a Linux forum or website.  They may be good at email, writing documents,
> and browsing the Internet, but don't know much about their computer. They
> just *use* the computer.  These are the people we (in OSS) have the hardest
> to contact since most of our peers have extensive Linux desktop experience.
> On Wednesday 01 October 2008 14:44:32 Ted Smith wrote:
>> Should the people be inexperienced in GNU/Linux in general, or just in
>> the KDE? I've partially exhausted my pool of friends/family that have no
>> experience with GNU/Linux, but most of them have never used or seen K.
>> On Wed, 2008-10-01 at 10:08 -0400, Celeste Lyn Paul wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> The idea is that you, the Loco member, will help guide a lesser
>>> experienced user (a friend of family member) through a simple activity on
>>> the Linux desktop.  By having some lesser experienced users go through
>>> these activities, we hope to get some ideas on how to make the software
>>> better.
>>> We are hoping to do a pilot activity on Saturday October 10 in the
>>> afternoon.
>>> If you are intersted in participating, please post your name and if you
>>> will bring a friend/family member to test with.
>>> You can also post your interest on the forum thread:
>>> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=5887481#post5887481
>>> Cheers,
>>> ~ Celeste
>>> On Tuesday 30 September 2008 18:41:49 Kevin Cole wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> Celeste Lyn Paul, who does human interface design work and one of the
>>>> "People behind KDE" (http://www.behindkde.org/people/celeste/) has been
>>>> trying to get a usability testing gig going for a couple of months.
>>>> She says that Canonical is now taking an interest and has sent some
>>>> swag to entice/reward the test subjects.
>>>> I'm game to do something at the Cleveland Park Library, but we'll need
>>>> a few LoCo volunteers and some guinea pigs -- mostly people who've had
>>>> little or no experience with Linux.  The idea is to try to see what
>>>> areas of the user experience need to be improved upon.  Or so I gather.
>>>>  Celeste wants to keep the tests relatively short, somewhere in the
>>>> 20-minute range.
>>>> Anyone interested in helping out?  Celeste can provide more details if
>>>> there are questions...
>>>> Thanks!
>>>> P.S. I just added the folks who signed up at Takoma Park.  So, welcome
>>>> newcomers.  Feel free to introduce yourselves, ask questions, and
>>>> hopefully, volunteer.
>>>> --
>>>>  Kevin Cole                    |  Key ID: 0xE6F332C7   (GPG/PGP)
>>>>  Ubuntu Linux DC LoCo Team     |     WWW: http://dc.ubuntu-us.org/
>>>>            ". ! 1 |" -- Rene Magritte's computer
>>> --
>>> Celeste Lyn Paul
>>> KDE Usability Project
>>> usability.kde.org
> -- 
> Celeste Lyn Paul
> KDE Usability Project
> usability.kde.org
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