There are at least 15 things wrong with this blog page. Can you spot them all?
Well, let’s take a stab at it:
- The background of the Seattle skyline is repeated horizontally, which is disconcerting.
- The banner ad covers the calendar.
- There are 17 items of feedback awaiting moderation, three weeks after the item has posted.
- The trackback URL extends past the main column width, overwriting some information in the right column.
- There are two poorly constructed plurals, which is either an indication of bad programming, or poor familiarity with English (or both!).
- The “Archives” section shows me this month, and last month, but then stops with a “more” link. Odd.
- Am I really going to browse through 3,179 posts in November? Doubt it.
- The Search radio buttons are misaligned.
- The “Recent” posts are labeled “Recently”, which makes me doubly suspect that this is a blog by a person for whom English is not the native language.
- There are two “Archives” links.
- There’s a “Login” link — on a blog aggregator (as I assume MyBlogHarvester most certainly is), what am I logging in to?
- The timestamp shows seconds — odd, if not exactly an error.
- There are two bookmark buttons.
- The “Blogroll” section on the left seems…underpowered, considering the number of posts I may have to wade through.
- White text on blue background is not nearly as readable as black-on-white, or some close equivalent.
So what have I learned from this exercise? Two things:
- It’s important to think like the user when evaluating software.
- It’s easier to critique than to create.