Simon Willison’s Weblog


Wednesday, 22nd February 2012

What activities, games or examples have you used to persuade developers that they are different from ’real’ users?

I doubt there’s anything as effective as getting them to watch a well-run usability test—either a video, a fancy one-way glass setup or just having them quietly observe a zero-budget testing session in a coffee shop.

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Why does Facebook Comments Box only support two levels of hierarchy?

I’ve heard in the past that regular (i.e. non-geek) users often have enormous trouble understanding hierarchical comments—they don’t understand tree based file systems either.

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Will I be able to make a decent eCommerce website just by learning coding from Codecademy?

I have more than ten years experience building dynamic sites, and I’d still personally much rather use a hosted service like than build an eCommerce system myself.

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