[WikiEN-l] Usability study in progress

Naoko Komura nkomura at wikimedia.org
Wed Mar 25 03:28:45 UTC 2009

(adding wikien-l folks to this thread.  my apology for not including 
wikien-l with my initial email.)

The usability study has started today as scheduled.  The usability team 
is monitoring the interviews and how ten test participants interact with 
Wikipedia when they are asked to edit an article at the lab facility in 
San Francisco today and tomorrow.  The remote usability study on 
Thursday (March 26 PDT) will be done remotely, which means we recruit 
participants from Wikipedia through the site notice, and connect with 
them through web conferencing.  Therefore the site notice for 
recruitment will appear again on Thursday.  We expect to compile the 
results in a few weeks and the findings with you. 

Naoko Komura
Program Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

Naoko Komura wrote:
> One of the important components of the usability initiative is to 
> conduct multiple rounds of usability tests.  The plan is to conduct at 
> least three rounds of tests for qualitative usability evaluation over 
> the span of twelve months, i) the initial evaluation, ii) the progress 
> evaluation, and iii) the final evaluation.  The initial usability test 
> is scheduled on March 24, 25th and 26th.  In-person lab tests are 
> conducted in San Francisco at the first two days, and remote tests will 
> be conducted on the third day.
> As a preparation for the initial usability test, we incorporated the 
> recruiting tool into English Wikipedia's site notice. You might have 
> encountered site notice inviting for the participation. The target 
> audience of testers are Wikipedia readers who have little or no 
> experience in editing the Wikipedia articles.  The banner is displayed 
> within the range of 1:400 to 1:100 page views, and it will continue till 
> early next week. 
> We look forward to learning from the usability tests and sharing the 
> result with you. 
> Thanks.
> Naoko ... on behalf of the usability team.

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