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First of all excited to see the first changes being pushed through, must have been a lot of work. Looking forward to further changes.
Some first remarks:
** When you click on a result to learn more, and hit return to further explore, it always returns to the first page of results.
** Are the results still ranked? Somtimes there occurs a result I rated four stars between results with a one star prediction.
** Isn't 15 results on a page too much, too much information overload? Maybe display less, but also display the most helpful pro/con, would be very informative.
** I really like the new pictures accompanying the result. However, when you click on a result, I was a bit disappointed with the small, cramped size of the pcitures. I expected them to be bigger. Imo the final result page should be completely redesigned (i'm sure it's on its way ;)
** It all depends on the quality of the tags. However, adding tags is one step away. Why not create an add-tag modus, or a small icon?
** The presentation of tags on the result and topics page should be made consistent.
** I demand a return of the Hunch users topic! Would be great to filter through using the tags!
** WIth all music related results, it would be great to be able to immediately listen to a sample of an artist, album. And to watch video of course.
Posted at: 1:39PM on Jan. 31, 2011. [ permalink ]
@ictus: Great feedback as always. You've noticed a few bugs which are in the process of being fixed, plus identified a few other things (such as the result page) which we are working to greatly improve. Regarding music or video, we agree that an immediate 'listen' or 'watch' feature is important, so that will be coming soon.
Re: users topic- ok, your vote is duly noted. :) Can't promise it will return in that form (it was computationally unwieldy and might better be served by some other type of user matching/taste mate functionality) but we do value the input!
Posted at: 1:59PM on Jan. 31, 2011. [ permalink ]
1. I find the thumbnails much better than the previous design. The impact is more impressive.
2. Topic thumbnail rollover: A white strip appears across the thumbnail labeled "Browse Topic". That is not so coherent with the overall design of Hunch.com. Try darkening or whitening the whole thumbnail and display a white/black "Browse Topic" across the thumbnail – similar to how you solved the "pop-up" of YouTube videos, but not full screen.
3. It is hard to distinguish between topic thumbnails and result thumbnails. I think that will confuse a lot of users.
4. I think the website will be easier to read if the thumbnails are on the left and the text on the right. I know, it violates the usual webdesign principle (menu on the left, content on the right), but I think it's more "fluid" that way.
5. Thumbnail cropping: "Heads are cut off". Suggestion for thumbnails with white background: shrink the motif so it isn't cut off. Thumbnails with non-white background: Blow-up to fill the whole space, and perhaps an algorithm that determines the most complex part of a thumbnail, make that the center of the cropping. Or maybe you have some face- or text-recognition libraries. Or just let the user choose how to crop.
6. Filter by tags: That looks a bit messy. I suggest a checkbox list.
7. I agree with ictus: 15 results is a bit too much. When I first saw the new design and tried a topic, I was a bit overwhelmed by 15 results. Also because they weren't ranked. On my screen 9 fits very well.
8. Also agree with ictus that the result page should have bigger pictures. Your layout is similar to YouTube: getting an eye candy on the result page will probably work.
Updated at: 2:46PM on Jan. 31, 2011. [ permalink ]
Sorry, without the questions there's really nothing unique about your site anymore. Plus now everything I've ever liked is a 4 star rating? So you expect me to go back and re-rate everything?
I'll just continue to use last.fm for my music recommendations and netflix for film recommendations if that's all your website's going to be now.
What a shame, I had really started to enjoy coming to this site, and finding recommendations though answering questions.
Posted at: 10:20PM on Feb. 1, 2011. [ permalink ]
A couple of things I've noticed:
1. This may because I've answered all of them, but where do the Teach Hunch About You questions fit in this new design? There's no natural place for the questions to fit in, and they're not in the drop-down menu. Where would they show up?
2. I miss the questions! The questions were the most compelling part of the site to me and helped me think of things I wouldn't have thought of otherwise.
Posted at: 11PM on Feb. 1, 2011. [ permalink ]
True, the questions were really a nice part of Hunch. They structured the whole selection process and were more precise. The tags are fuzzy: in certain topics there are tags like "halloween" or "blue" – and I don't really know what they mean. The questions they replaced were, I'm sure, much more specific.
The questions were more fun because you felt as if you were in a conversation. You knew that someone wrote those questions or felt as if someone is actually asking you. Selecting tags, on the other hand, feels as if one is just filing documents.
I also think that by switching from questions to tags, you made the switch from a "World of Warcraft" model to a "Second Life" model. In the former one has to react to someone (fight the enemy/answer questions), in the latter one has to build something out of nothing (build your own whatever/select your own tags).
I think users are more eager to take up a challenge than to become creative; because the former is pleasure while the latter is a burden. And I think that's why World of Warcraft is thriving and Second Life is losing.
Posted at: 11:38AM on Feb. 2, 2011. [ permalink ]