Help us improve fivesecondtest.com

4 May 2009 - 3:40am
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Matt Milosavljevic
2009

Hello,

My name is Matt and I am the creator of the fivesecondtest.com
website. Last month we rolled out http://beta.fivesecondtest.com and
we have since been actively making improvements based on user
feedback.

I am hoping to get some feedback from the greater UX community that
will help us make the service all the more useful. The beta is
currently invite only, so please let me know in the comments if you
would be interested in helping us out and I can set up accounts for
you.

Thanks,
- Matt Milosavljevic

Comments

4 May 2009 - 5:48pm
Josiah Johnson
2009

I'm getting a 503 Service Not Available error from your site. Any
ideas why?

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4 May 2009 - 6:18pm
Sharon Greenfield5
2008

The main site http://www.fivesecondtest.com/ is up and fine for me.

The beta site url however gives me this error:

Server Error in '/' Application.
The located assembly's manifest definition does not match the assembly
reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of
the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more
information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.IO.FileLoadException: The located assembly's
manifest definition does not match the assembly reference. (Exception
from HRESULT: 0x80131040)
http://beta.fivesecondtest.com/

On May 4, 2009, at 3:48 PM, Josiah wrote:

> I'm getting a 503 Service Not Available error from your site. Any
> ideas why?

4 May 2009 - 9:19pm
Anonymous

Hi Matt,
I have tried to help to do the test but there's some errors there on
the website.
Please help me to set up an account if you still need someone to do
the test.Thanks!

Angela

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4 May 2009 - 7:01pm
EugeniaOrtiz
2009

I think it would be great to have a little description of the purpose
and benefits of the site (besides the phrase up there).
Also to tell the benefits from a "random people test" or "no
thanks" would be useful too for non-experienced designers in
usability test .

I like the colours and graphics!

Regards!

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4 May 2009 - 7:04pm
Matt Milosavljevic
2009

Apologies for unexpected outage, we are still ascertaining what went
wrong with our host, but the site should be back up for now.

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4 May 2009 - 7:34pm
Yolanda
2009

The site is a nice idea, however I did view a few bogus designs. You
should maybe monitor the uploaded designs or users will get
frustrated.

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5 May 2009 - 4:28am
Eily
2009

great idea for a site, initial thoughts:

the 'done' button doesn't stand out and isn't in what I would
recommend as the correct position.

when one has completed a task/read a page, they expect the next step
to be to the right (i.e reading left to right) - usually 'next'
arrows and buttons are positioned bottom right of a page.

If this doesn't suit - even making the 'done' button more obvious
- a brighter accent colour, would decrease confusion.

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5 May 2009 - 7:02am
Matt Milosavljevic
2009

Thanks all for the replies so far, I'll be sending out emails to
everyone that's replied shortly with beta accounts. Keep the
feedback coming in either here or via email.

Of particular interest to us is:

a) How useful you find the tests and the results you're getting
back.

b) How these compare with the previous fivesecondtest if you have
used it,

c) How easy/intuitive do you finding running through some random
tests.

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5 May 2009 - 8:20am
Marco Rodriguez
2009

My resolution is 1280 x 1024. When taking part of the test, only the
top left portion of the image is displayed. I have to use the botton
and right scrollbars to view the full image. It'd be great if the
image can be centered or place top left of the browser.

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5 May 2009 - 9:21am
Anonymous

Hi Matt,
Thanks for your help!
I took the tests and had a lot of fun there.I like the interface and
the color.
But I think it's not very easy to tell the sign in and register part
from the background.
Also,the purposes and usages of these tests are not quite clear for
me.

It's really a nice website!!!

Cheers,

Angela

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5 May 2009 - 9:41am
Matt Milosavljevic
2009

Thanks for the feedback so far we're working on implementing some
changes based on the feedback received so far and we're hoping to be
rolling out some improvements in the next day or two.

@marco: Thanks for bringing that up as this is an issue I was hoping
to get some feedback on here.

A few users have mentioned that the test image is too large for their
screen forcing them to scroll, which chews through the 5 seconds. We
have two options that we are currently considering:

a) we can impose a limit on the dimensions of images being tested and
give people the option of cropping their image to fit to those
dimensions. (facebook does this with profile photos)

b) we can crop the image on the testers end and simply show as much
of the image to the tester as their browser window and resolution
allow.

Both have some pros and cons and I wanted to hear if other folks had
some thoughts or alternative suggestions.

@angela: we intend on adding a short screencast to quickly
demonstrate the purpose and usage of the tests, however we want to
ensure that we're out of beta before recording it :)

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6 May 2009 - 3:13am
Matt Milosavljevic
2009

Hello all, just wanted to let you know that we have rolled out some
changes based on feedback and bug reports we have received.

Still a lot more work left to do but I wanted to give a quick update
on the things we have fixed so far.

http://getsatisfaction.com/fivesecondtest/topics/bug_squashing_update

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6 May 2009 - 4:38am
darci
2009

Just a suggestion...

It might help to allow designers to specify a "task" that is more
detailed than "favorite/least favorite part of website" or "list
what you remember the most" before displaying the image. Context is
key. It's rare to end up on completely random web pages (most pages
you get to through a link, search, etc), so the viewer already has
some indication of what type of page/information to expect.
Christine's article mentions telling participants "You're ready to
donate to the Red Cross organization. But you're unsure of what kind
of donation to make. What are your donation options?" but that kind
of information seems to be missing from fivesecondtest.

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