So I helped build a website
04-09-2014, 02:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-09-2014, 02:24 PM by FuturDreamz.)
Post: #1
So I helped build a website
And the peer-reviewed paper on it has been published!
http://openresearchsoftware.metajnl.com/article/view/jors.aj/

And my name's under the list of contributors.
Also: I DID NOT WRITE THAT UNIFIED SEARCH BAR. I WAS AGAINST IT WHEN IT WAS FIRST PROPOSED IT AND I AM STILL AGAINST IT
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04-09-2014, 02:18 PM,
Post: #2
RE: So I helped buid a website
I can't figure out the purpose of that site.
What is it and what do you want people to do with it? It isn't clear at all what you want me to do there.
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04-09-2014, 02:25 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-09-2014, 02:26 PM by FuturDreamz.)
Post: #3
RE: So I helped build a website
(04-09-2014, 02:18 PM)Gippy Wrote: I can't figure out the purpose of that site.
What is it and what do you want people to do with it? It isn't clear at all what you want me to do there.
There are buttons titled "Full text" and "PDF" that should help you.

Or you can just click this to view the full article directly.
http://openresearchsoftware.metajnl.com/article/view/jors.aj/27
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04-09-2014, 02:45 PM,
Post: #4
RE: So I helped build a website
Ok, so the call-to-action buttons are designed to blend in. That's good. You don't want people to find those too easily.
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04-09-2014, 02:52 PM,
Post: #5
RE: So I helped build a website
Seriously. There's usability issues there. The information hierarchy, well, doesn't exist. And let your readers read. Then New York Times finally figured that out: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/flaw-found-in-key-method-for-protecting-data-on-the-internet/?hp

See how its immediately obvious that you're on an article page? And how the header has separation from the body, but still has easy and obvious navigation. And that you somehow know that you're in a section called "bits". Whatever bits means, I dunno yet, but it seems like an obvious section heading. Notice how the headline is easily discerned from the body text. The natural flow of the page attracts you to the headline and then in to the body text. The navigation, sidebar, and footer, though full of content, are sized appropriately to allow your brain to quickly capture the page and find the most important content.

What you've got there is a trap that a lot of sites fall in to: lack of thought on how to help your users do what you want them to do. Don't worry, its a trap we've all fallen in to at one time or another. I'd highly suggest a campaign to simplify the layout of that site. Introduce some visual hierarchy and let the page breathe.
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04-09-2014, 02:54 PM,
Post: #6
RE: So I helped build a website
Complex is easy. You simply shove more shit in to the view. A view that a reader can easily parse, enjoy, and come back to is hard.

If a redesign is out of the question I'd highly recommend some Instapaper links to make it easier for readers to get the content in to a format that is digestible.
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04-09-2014, 03:23 PM,
Post: #7
RE: So I helped build a website
I'm just going to wait until you actually read the article detailing the website I helped build.
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04-09-2014, 03:31 PM,
Post: #8
RE: So I helped build a website
You're going to be waiting a long time.
04-09-2014, 03:56 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-09-2014, 03:58 PM by Gippy.)
Post: #9
RE: So I helped build a website
Bad design and communication abounds: apparently you need to wade through the linked to shitty site to realize that its referencing another free system that has more details about how to install it than about what it is, why its there, and how to actually use the interface let alone show you anything about the interface and how it will help you. Lets be honest, nobody cares about your schema. They care about how its gonna make their lives better.

The github project site does nothing to help that either. There's no wiki on how to use it, why I'd want to use it, or any kind of help as to what purpose it serves. So, yeah, great, there's a new Github repo filled with questionable PHP code.

And why did your press release need to be peer reviewed?
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04-09-2014, 04:03 PM,
Post: #10
RE: So I helped build a website
Also: I thought CodeIgniter went out of style 3 years ago. Really, isn't it dead?

Another point of advice: make that sucker work without mod-rewrite. Trust me, having built and supported an open-source project you'd be surprised about how idiot proof you need to make open-source applications. You'd do well to make an installer and put some consideration in to an upgrade mechanism that pulls all your schema out of your install script.
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04-09-2014, 04:17 PM,
Post: #11
RE: So I helped build a website
Sorry, I've had a shit day and I'm very much taking it out on you.
Congrats on releasing something. You've made it farther than most. Don't drop the ball.
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04-09-2014, 08:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-09-2014, 08:26 PM by roo.)
Post: #12
RE: So I helped build a website
How come you can double post, but the rest of us can't?

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04-09-2014, 11:33 PM,
Post: #13
RE: So I helped build a website
Because I'm better than you.
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04-10-2014, 12:27 AM,
Post: #14
RE: So I helped build a website
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04-10-2014, 01:16 AM,
Post: #15
RE: So I helped build a website
Matt handled pretty much all of the structure, my work was pretty much all in the create/edit pages.

I also designed the logo, but it was intended to be a mockup as I was still figuring out how to make the dna strand more realistic. But the team wanted to stick with that one so oh well.
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04-10-2014, 10:53 AM,
Post: #16
RE: So I helped build a website
When did alien become pink? has he always been pink? I wanna be pink.


Where's my elephant?
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04-10-2014, 12:58 PM,
Post: #17
RE: So I helped build a website
I would also like to be pink. To match my avatar.

Make it so!
04-10-2014, 01:29 PM,
Post: #18
RE: So I helped build a website
(04-09-2014, 03:23 PM)FuturDreamz Wrote: I'm just going to wait until you actually read the article detailing the website I helped build.

Yes, I always read articles detailing a web site so that I know how to use it properly. Doesn't everybody? ;)

Okay seriously - congratulations Smile
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