Final Presentation
SI 622
4/17/12
Group 6
Cathy Fisher, Chisheng Li,
Benjamin Olger, and Nikki Potter
Overview
Slashdot.org
• User-generated
"News for Nerds"
• Current users
consist of
males, ages 30+
• Goal: Attract
younger...
Methods
• Interaction
Map
• Interviews, P
ersonas, &
Scenarios
• Comparative
Analysis
Index
Submit
Log In
Account [usernam...
Methods
• Heuristic
Evaluation
• Survey
• Usability
Testing
Findings
Findings: Content and Navigation
Positives
• Users like Slashdot's content, style
and format
• Content is easy to find
Findings: Comments
• Users don’t comment
• Current system is difficult
• Complexity discourages new users
• Commenting box...
Finding: Submitting
• Users do not submit stories
• Submission process not transparent
• Little incentive to submit
Recomm...
Finding: Documentation
• Difficult to navigate and learn functions
• FAQ section not apparent or conveniently located
• Un...
Finding: Awareness
• Majority target audience have never heard of
Slashdot
• Low visibility among the Millennials
Recommen...
Finding: Quick Fixes
• Taxonomy in top navigation is unclear
• Recommendation: Rename links to more clearly
match their co...
Conclusion
• Quick fixes should be done immediately
• Other recommendations should be followed only
after considering curr...
Questions?
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Slashdot.org is technology news website that is driven by user-generated content, and operates with the slogan “News for Nerds.” The site deploys a unique commenting and story submission system, and has a core user base of males who are in their 30s. In this project, we conducted heuristic evaluation of the web service, surveys and usability testing to propose recommendations that could attract a younger generation of users to Slashdot.

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Slashdot final presentation

  1. 1. Final Presentation SI 622 4/17/12 Group 6 Cathy Fisher, Chisheng Li, Benjamin Olger, and Nikki Potter
  2. 2. Overview Slashdot.org • User-generated "News for Nerds" • Current users consist of males, ages 30+ • Goal: Attract younger generation to Slashdot
  3. 3. Methods • Interaction Map • Interviews, P ersonas, & Scenarios • Comparative Analysis Index Submit Log In Account [username] Log Out Preview Submission Guide Current Slashdot topics What are tags? LayoutExclusions Stories Recent Popular Join Privacy Policy Options Newsletter/Messages Event Library Discussions Posting User Password OpenID SlashboxesThreshholds Time/Date Jobs Ask Slashdot Tags Icon Untagging/Detagging Comments Section Expanding and Collapsing Comments Showing and Hiding Replies Replying to a Comment Posting a Comment TAGGING COMMENTS TOP NAVIGATION SLASHBOXES Slashdot Poll Poll Results Absolute Games Slashbox Starcraft Site (From Absolute Games Slashbox Links) Slashdot.org Interaction Map KEY Inter-Page Movement In-Page Dynamic Content Inter-Site Movement Cathy Fisher, Benjamin Olger, Nikki Potter, Chisheng Li
  4. 4. Methods • Heuristic Evaluation • Survey • Usability Testing
  5. 5. Findings
  6. 6. Findings: Content and Navigation Positives • Users like Slashdot's content, style and format • Content is easy to find
  7. 7. Findings: Comments • Users don’t comment • Current system is difficult • Complexity discourages new users • Commenting box hard to locate Recommendations • Compare commenting system to competitors • Poll users to gauge sentiment • Make changes slowly, incorporate user input
  8. 8. Finding: Submitting • Users do not submit stories • Submission process not transparent • Little incentive to submit Recommendations • Allow users to view submission status • Update users about submission status • Give reason for rejection or acceptance
  9. 9. Finding: Documentation • Difficult to navigate and learn functions • FAQ section not apparent or conveniently located • Uncertainty about commenting and submission Recommendations • Create About section; add to top navigation • Add the FAQ section to new About section • Create user-generated forum
  10. 10. Finding: Awareness • Majority target audience have never heard of Slashdot • Low visibility among the Millennials Recommendations • Strategically market Slashdot's brand • Hold college campus events • Distribute free merchandises • Sponsor club events
  11. 11. Finding: Quick Fixes • Taxonomy in top navigation is unclear • Recommendation: Rename links to more clearly match their content • Registration process cumbersome • Recommendation: Streamline it • Lightboxes close when users click outside of them • Recommendation: Have a pop-up message to confirm they want to exit
  12. 12. Conclusion • Quick fixes should be done immediately • Other recommendations should be followed only after considering current users • Implement changes slowly • Welcome user input • Users are your biggest asset!
  13. 13. Questions?

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