[mythtv] MythTV Usability Report
ijr at case.edu
Mon Jan 9 05:50:41 UTC 2006
On Monday 09 January 2006 00:39, f-myth-users at media.mit.edu wrote:
> Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 00:04:16 -0500
> From: Isaac Richards <ijr at case.edu>
> On Sunday 08 January 2006 23:56, f-myth-users at media.mit.edu wrote:
> > If MythTV had fewer usability issues, it would probably decrease mail
> > volume on the -users list at least, and also lead to a lot less
> > wasted time by newbies trying to set it up and/or use it, and less
> > time by more-experienced users trying to help them.
> > But improving MythTV usability is currently a giant Catch-22. Why?
> Because nobody's bothered to produce a _usable_ list of usability
> What, exactly, would such a list look like?
> (a) What form would it take?
> (b) One big list, or lots of little lists?
Small bits, or one at a time. Making sure, of course, that the problem is
myth, not, say, knoppmyth like the vast majority of your list was.
> (c) In Trac? In mail? On a website? In beetles battling in bottles?
Trac's for bugs and patches. mail or wiki would be preferable, I'd think.
> (d) Based on what release? Latest-this-minute? Within the last
> month? Stable?
Reasonably recent SVN, or a stable release if one was released recently. I
would expect anyone spending time on something like this to at least _check_
current SVN to see if the issues they're discussing still exist, as well.
> (e) Would code be -required- when discussing usability? Would design
> be sufficient? Would complaining "this confuses x users" be
> sufficient? Would complaining "this confuses me, and I don't
> know if it confuses others" be sufficient?
No code required, but it sure helps. Suggested fixes at a bare minimum. GUI
mockups would be good. A list of complaints by itself is useless.
> (f) If someone -did- produce such a list, would any of it be -used-,
> if the person who produced it wasn't also the person to implement
> each and every piece of it? And if the person who produced it
> -did- produce patches for each and every piece of it, would they be
> accepted without lots of additional arguing and debate?
Depends on the individual items, of course.
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