Re: [LAD] [LAU] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?

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To: Devin Anderson <surfacepatterns@...>
Cc: <linux-audio-user@...>, <linux-audio-dev@...>
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 6:33 pm

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An idea is to make a popup that comes up occasionally (maybe once a month
or so) when starting/closing the application. This popup could do several
things that could increase the participation of users, for example:

a) Provide encouragement for involvement. Like "Do you like this
application? Help improve it by visiting our forums and let us know what
you think!".

b) Provide direct links to ongoing user surveys. This is a golden one for
any application I really think. In UI-design, contact and feedback from the
end-user (the people that actually use your application) is golden.
Especially for smaller development teams, where you've been
developing/designing the same application for very long, which of course
makes every part of the UI natural and intuitive to you
Since it's free and open source, people hopefully/likely won't mind helping
out this way. Not everyone has the economy to donate actual money to all
projects around there, but anyone can sit down and state pro's, con's and
perceived issues with the software. You just need an incentive (that the
dev actually care about what you think, and the fact that you can use the
software for free is probably usually very well enough) and an easy way of
doing it. An ongoing, shorter survey (5-10mins maybe) can give tons of very
very valid and good information form your actual users.

c) Provide an easy way to donate. Some people actually have a good income
and can without a doubt donate money. Nicely asking to donate spare cash if
you're satisfied could probably generate some donations this way, if people
also are somewhat frequently reminded of it.

I have some experience of both UI-design and the principles around that,
and also constructing good surveys, and I would love to help out in any way
I can. Like someone else in this thread said, not everyone can code, but
that shouldn't stop them from being able to contribute.

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM, Devin Anderson wrote:

> Hi Gabbe,

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An idea is to make a popup that comes up occasionally (maybe once a month o=
r so) when starting/closing the application. This popup could do several th=
ings that could increase the participation of users, for example:
a) Provide encouragement for involvement. Like "Do you like this appli=
cation? Help improve it by visiting our forums and let us know what you thi=
nk!".b) Provide direct links to ongoing user surveys. This is =
a golden one for any application I really think. In UI-design, contact and =
feedback from the end-user (the people that actually use your application) =
is golden. Especially for smaller development teams, where you've been =
developing/designing the same application for very long, which of course ma=
kes every part of the UI natural and intuitive to you
Since it's free and open source, people hopefully/likely won't mind=
helping out this way. Not everyone has the economy to donate actual money =
to all projects around there, but anyone can sit down and state pro's, =
con's and perceived issues with the software. You just need an incentiv=
e (that the dev actually care about what you think, and the fact that you c=
an use the software for free is probably usually very well enough) and an e=
asy way of doing it. An ongoing, shorter survey (5-10mins maybe) can give t=
ons of very very valid and good information form your actual users.
c) Provide an easy way to donate. Some people actually have a good inco=
me and can without a doubt donate money. Nicely asking to donate spare cash=
if you're satisfied could probably generate some donations this way, i=
f people also are somewhat frequently reminded of it.
I have some experience of both UI-design and the principles around that=
, and also constructing good surveys, and I would love to help out in any w=
ay I can. Like someone else in this thread said, not everyone can code, but=
that shouldn't stop them from being able to contribute.
On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM, Devin Anders=
on <surfacepatterns@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Gabbe,

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM, Gabbe Nord <gabbe.nord@gmail.com> wrote:

> =A0 1. An easy way to provide this feedback, and encouragement to do s=
o.

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Excellent! =A0This is a start. =A0I can add something like this to th=
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'About' dialog of my applications.

Questions:

1.) What else can I do, as a developer, to make users feel more involved?
2.) On a similar note, what else can I do, as a developer, to make
developers feel more involved?

> =A0 2. Appreciation for the feedback. Some devs are better then others=
on

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it as

I've seen developers do this. =A0It's really unfortunate.

Thanks for your feedback! :)

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Re: [LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Julien Claassen, (Tue Feb 5, 7:07 pm)
Re: [LAD] [LAU] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Gabbe Nord, (Tue Feb 5, 6:33 pm)
Re: [LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Jostein Chr. Andersen, (Tue Feb 5, 4:55 pm)
Re: [LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Florian Paul Schmidt, (Wed Feb 6, 4:42 am)
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Re: [LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Thorsten Wilms, (Tue Feb 5, 4:19 pm)
Re: [LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas, (Tue Feb 5, 7:09 pm)
Re: [LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Johannes Kroll, (Tue Feb 5, 4:07 pm)
Re: [LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?, Michael Bechard, (Tue Feb 5, 3:47 pm)