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Jeremy
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Joined: 2002-02-19
Posts: 3249
Location: Milwaukee, WI

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:59 pm Reply with quote Back to top

First, I want to publicly thank the following WGA members for their participation in the new WGA website beta test over the last 2 weeks:

rpaske
Lostby7
EnergySaver
marc_54140
Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu
pwb
Green Bay Paddlers
djwini
kbraband
hogrod
Timberline Echoes
AstroD-Team
jthorson
Coastiegirl04
Folk Trakers
rubeeslpr

Rest assured, I have read through all your responses and will take action to correct problems or improve the site. I plan to personally contact some of you for clarification on the problems you saw, or to respond to some of the questions or comments you have made. Hopefully, I can get these personal responses done by the end of this weekend.

Thanks again for helping!
 
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Jeremy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:23 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Here is an executive summary of the beta test results.

I asked each of the testers to perform a series of 10 tasks (some tasks had multiple parts), and optionally perform a couple additional bonus tasks. In total, our testers attempted 262 tasks/subtasks. Of these:

  • 233 (89%) tasks were completed without problem
  • 24 (9%) were completed with some difficulty
  • 5 (2%) were not be completed due to problems

    I have corrected most of the problems (bugs) that led to the "not completed" tasks. I still need to address some areas that confused or caused our testers a lot of difficulty, such as uploading photos into the new photo album and submitting news articles.

    I then asked the testers about their overall impressions of the new site. Of those who answered these questions (a few testers I think were in a rush to fill out the questionnaire and skipped over this section and the future section Image)

  • All thought the "Ease of Use/Navigation" of the new site was Excellent or Good
  • All thought the "Features/Functionality" provided by the new site was Excellent or Good
  • 80% thought the "Site Layout/Graphic Design/Style" of the new site was Excellent or Good

    Finally, I presented the testers with a list of future website features that I have considered in the past or that others have suggested. Testers were allowed to select up to three features they would like to see implemented soon (this year). The most requested future features were (from most votes to least votes):

  • Cache rescue/cache maintenance system
  • Donate button, donor list
  • Chat
  • Member map (showing where our members live)
  • Listing of cache placement rules and land manager contacts on local/county basis
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    PCFrog
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    Joined: 2005-05-11
    Posts: 728
    Location: Sparta, WI

    PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

    jvechinski
    quote:

    There will be a total of 10 tasks I'd like all testers to complete, plus a couple bonus tasks. Target date for sending out the task list and questionnaire is Wednesday, March 22. I'd like to have feedback from all the testers by April 7.


    Oh well...
     
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    marc_54140
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    Joined: 2004-01-28
    Posts: 2631
    Location: Little Chute

    PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

    Thanks for all your work on this Jeremy. I'm dying to see the new site up and running.

    (Could you perhaps take off your regular work, and sort of concentrate on this .......?)
     
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    Lostby7
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    Joined: 2005-06-07
    Posts: 3190
    Location: Lake country area, WI

    PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:30 am Reply with quote Back to top

    The jokes on you, I would have done it for free!

    (Oh crud I did do it for free...)
     
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    Jeremy
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    Joined: 2002-02-19
    Posts: 3249
    Location: Milwaukee, WI

    PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

    quote:
    Originally posted by pcfrog:
    [b]jvechinski Oh well...[/B]


    Sorry Paul, I got anxious and jumped the gun on April 7th deadline. When you get a chance, please fill out the beta test questionnaire online and I will definitely take a look at your responses. Same goes for any other tester who wants to get in some last minute comments or feedback.
     
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