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Conduct guerrilla usability testing at Bay Area Wikisalon
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Task overview

This task involves observing and reporting out how attendees of May's Bay Area Wikisalon managed with adding and modifying links and citations.


  • Conduct guerrilla usability testing of adding and modifying links and citations using mobile VE at the 1-May Bay Area Wikisalon
  • Post findings to MediaWiki

Event Timeline

ppelberg created this task.May 9 2019, 8:00 PM
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ppelberg added a comment.EditedMay 10 2019, 12:04 AM

Usability testing notes

Modifying an existing link

Adding a link

  • ✅ Tester #2 managed to add a new link without obvious issue
  • ⚠️Tester #1 experienced a bit of confusion by seeing the soft keyboard emerge after highlighting plaintext they intended to link; see the ~20 seconds beginning at 4:00

Adding a citation

Modifying an existing citation
Did not test

Misc. observations

  • Few – if any – attendees (tenured desktop contributors) expressed having experience editing on mobile.
  • 🤔 Not clear to Tester #1 what the " ⃔" button in the toolbar does; see the ~6 seconds beginning at 7:22
  • 🤔 Tester #1 seems to think tapping "Publish..." will save the changes they made to the document without having an opportunity to review those changes; see the ~3 seconds beginning at 5:20
  • 👏 Tester #2 was delighted to see the ability to declare the language of a word; see ~13 seconds beginning at 7:56


  • How many other people expect there to be a review step after tapping "Publish..."?

  1. VE being available on mobile: I wonder the extent to which my asking testers how they would go about switching to VE impacted their ability to discover this option. See the ~5 seconds beginning at 3:29
ppelberg updated the task description. (Show Details)May 10 2019, 12:18 AM
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ovasileva moved this task from Needs triage to Triaged on the Mobile board.Jun 11 2019, 1:50 PM

These observations are great @ppelberg - do you recall what was tested here? Was this after section editing was released?

@ppelberg: What's left to do in this task? (Asking as Bay Area Wikisalon seems to have taken place two months ago and this task is not resolved.)

JTannerWMF added a subscriber: JTannerWMF.

Please post the findings and close this out @ppelberg

ppelberg closed this task as Resolved.Oct 9 2019, 12:47 AM