Everyone's a critic


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The folks over at Poochkiss write...

"Ever notice that just about everyone who has a website acts -- at some point in time -- as if they're a usability expert?"

I say... after years of having to use Microsoft products the masses have become well versed in what does not work, and have learned to identify shoddy interface design more as a means of survival. The critic part simply comes from being fed up with having to deal with said interfaces, thereby sounding the alarm for comrades in arms.

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Yes, I suppose that years of Microsoft UI has enabled us to post some opinions but I'm rather conservative in this area. I think if one can pass the following test then they have a right to be a "usability expert":

http://www.asktog.com/columns/022DesignedToGiveFitts.html

Note: I failed it. :)

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Yes, Chi, you have a valid point. Therein lies the difference between being a critic and a self-proclaimed expert: most can identify when something is amiss, though few may be able to explain why. Recognizing a problem and bringing it to the collective attention does not necessarily equate to claiming expert status, rather it can provide a welcome alert to identify pitfalls to avoid.

I also took the test at your recommendation, and failed as well. Though now am all the wiser for it. Thanks! =)

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