I met with Thomas at Drupalcon Denver to talk a bit about how to get more people excited about and involved with improving the user experience of the Media module(s). Here's a very rough first draft of what we came up with:
Get more people excited about improving the Media module UX.
- Make it easier
- Make it fun
- Make it worthwhile
Make it easier
Demo sites. If we want to involve more non-technical people (we do!) and get them contributing back, we have to provide demo sites. Installing core, media, configuring things to get it to look somewhat like a typical site is too much to ask if we are looking for feedback on the user interface, how it works and how it looks. And there's a lot to be gained from getting this feedback.
Make it fun
- Remove the barriers, see make it easy above :)
- Show people the power of open source collaboration
- This Stuff Is Important
- Davereid cat pictures…
Make it worth your while
- Recognize people for their contributions (status update blog posts, thank you's)
- Try to make sure people are working on the right things (scope, direction, viability) to avoid spending energy on the wrong things
What we think we need
- User stories/task scenarios for editor tasks and site builder tasks, so that we know what we want to test for
- These user stories could also help prioritize development: what do people need most?
- Clear guide on how to do quick, lo-fi, high-value usability testing and reporting back (see: http://drupal.org/ui-standards)
- Kick off a review of just the user interface texts for inconsistency, too difficult, not task-driven, too long descriptions etc. (see: http://drupal.org/node/604342)
- Demo site!