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Upcoming survey to help me better the site

by vroom (His Eminence)
on Nov 04, 2000 at 01:21 UTC ( #39922=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I'd like to set up a survey that logged in users can take to help me better focus my time on areas that will most directly benefit current users as well as new users. In order to do this I need all of your input. The first thing I'd like is a set of core areas that people can vote on. These might include site documentation, site navigation or content moderation for instance. From there I think I'll allow you to vote on a scale from one to five on the current state of things in a given category as well as the importance of improvement in that particular category.

So your current job is to help me come up with general categories to classify current site features and operations as well as areas for future growth or improvement.

vroom | Tim Vroom |

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RE: Upcoming survey to help me better the site
by Albannach (Monsignor) on Nov 04, 2000 at 01:30 UTC
    Just to start things off then:

    Overall organization - are all the divisions of the site clear and useful?
    Searching - how hard is it to find what you are looking for?
    General Interaction - how do you like the entering of text, code, links, etc.?
    Chatterbox - what other commands would be useful?
    Documentation - is everything about the site sufficiently well explained?

    I'm probably forgetting a number of things, but these were on the top of my mind.

      I think Albannach has a great list here. I would simply add:

      Flow - how easy it is to navigate, get to the next logical place.
      Moderation - does the current system work well enough to keep this place cool
      Customizations - does the current level suit everyone?

      "sometimes when you make a request for the head you don't
      want the big, fat body...don't you go snickering."
                                               -- Nathan Torkington UoP2K a.k.a gnat

RE (tilly) 1: Upcoming survey to help me better the site
by tilly (Archbishop) on Nov 04, 2000 at 14:37 UTC
    There is clearly a lot good about the site. However there is always room for improvement. Here is a short list of specific items:
    1. It appears that quotes can cause titles to be cut off. I would double-check why that is happening. That kind of thing sets a flag off in my head for improperly validated database input which makes me wonder if there is actually a security issue.
    2. Take another look at Why I like functional programming. I would personally find some of the features in that code quite nice to have. (Even if you don't borrow the code itself.)
    3. Site-specific documentation and tutorials are weaknesses. Take a look at a wiki or two for ideas on how to have communally edited documents which many people can contribute to. Put up that infrastructure and see if we don't get better tutorials from the community over time.
    4. Node histories are a pet peeve of mine. Nice to have.
    Categorize those as you want...
RE: Upcoming survey to help me better the site
by little (Curate) on Nov 04, 2000 at 01:34 UTC
    Seems better to me to have asections "Suggestions" to keep track of different fields to be improved, so we don't repeat and repat and don't make it messier :-)
    So it's just like spiltting it up to pieces and on the other hand seems to be needed a system of how a suggestion should look alike, I mean something like the order and methodolgy of a module review for example.
    But my name has still it's meaning, so don't feel opposed :-)

    Have a nice day
    All decision is left to your taste
(d4vis)RE: Upcoming survey to help me better the site
by d4vis (Chaplain) on Nov 04, 2000 at 23:17 UTC
    Since the vroom seems to be asking for general categories rather than specific suggestions, I'd add the following:

    1: Signal to Noise Ratio (I personally think we do pretty well here)
    2: Section Relevance - Ability of the specific sections to adequately cover all possible (or desireable) topics.
    3: Infrastructure (both structural and cultural) - is perlmonks prepared to deal with an influx of new users that it's success will bring? They must be assimilated...resistance is futile.
    It might also be interesting to include something like "What is your favorite/least favorite thing about perlmonks? (Choose only one!)

    On a side note, I think that one of the best things about perlmonks is the way that vroom runs the place...or doesn't at the situation dictates. This call for feedback is just another indication of that. While some similar sites have the feel of a monarchy (even if it's often a benevolent one), you really get the sense of community and of meritocracy here at perlmonks. The best ideas...and the best code... usually win out. In this, I think, the culture of perlmonks reflects the culture of Perl, but also the character of it's founders.

    ~monk d4vis

RE: Upcoming survey to help me better the site
by damian1301 (Curate) on Nov 08, 2000 at 08:29 UTC
    Well, I have no real opinions myself but this is what I suggest. I think, that in order for to get better, you must first advertise. We can start this by maybe creating a "Links" sections where you can trade links. I know this maybe sound like a childish and stupid idea, but I know that if you had some sort of smaller banner, I would sure as heck put it on my page. Thus, from this, we have more "heads" (if you will) to suggest opinions and express ideas for the good (or the bad), and for the advertisement of I also think that in relationship to the advertisement thing that each member with a website, personal page, or otherwise should be required or influenced to put their link on their page. Your Youngest and most hated member, Dave

      First, you aren't even close to being most hated. (:

      Second, with respect, I think the last thing the site needs is presure to grow faster. It is still doing pretty good at dealing with its accelerating growth. But the one thing that could kill it or seriously wound it (as far as quality is concerned) is a huge jump in growth rate.

              - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
        Well, in the aspect that there will be overposting. But, I have noticed that the Q&A section has been dry lately. I think that the site should direct more problems there and the should automatically delete everything(and members that havent logged in) over 3 months of age. Other than that I see no problem in grasping new members.

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