[mythtv] MythTV Usability Report

Matt skd5aner at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 21:24:29 UTC 2006

On 1/8/06, Donavan Stanley <jdonavan at jdonavan.net> wrote:
> Craig Tinson wrote:
> >
> > My views are summed up by what Myles said - users really should not
> > need to read the manual where possible. Let me be clear what I mean by
> > users here - I don't mean the techie dude who set up the box, but I
> > mean the moms, dads, girlfriends, boyfriends and hangers on in the
> > living room.
> I'm sorry but that's absolute BS.   Of course the users should need to
> read the manual. A VCR comes with a manual for crying out loud.  Any
> usability study for a suite of software as complex as MythTV that
> doesn't involve some sort of basic user knowledge or R of TFM is
> seriously flawed.

My Fiance didn't RTFM.  She asked me questions if she had them as I'm
sure alot of people's family members do... either way, if you were to
build a myth setup for your mom and dad, or grandparents - completely
done, no configuration needed - would you expect them to log on to
mythtv.org and read the docs or search google for various mythtv
wiki's and how-to's in order to use the system or know all the nifty
extra things that it can do?  Not saying that can't, or that they
shouldn't, but why not eliminate those things that might frequently
trip those kind of users up?


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