1) Does "articles" tell you enough about what that section is about?
First, I'll assume a user has a general idea of what spcr is. If not, then the big "Welcome" block should fill them in. At first glance, I'm tempted to say "Yes, Articles is descriptive enough."
Before clicking on Articles, I look at the other links, and think about what might be on the other side. News
and Mods & Projects
all seem obvious. After clicking on Articles
, and looking over the links, I'm not sure the title is 'clear' (or at least not the content).Quiet and Fast?
, Computer Noise in the 21st Century
, Run a Power Supply without a Fan?
, Choosing Fans for Quiet, High Airflow: A Scientific Approach
and CPU Undervolting & Underclocking: A Primer
all seem related. The two "IDF" articles seem out of place. The first list sounds more in-line with the Mods & Projects
sections when compared to the IDF articles. Not a major issue, just an observation.
2) Would brief summaries in the listing pages for Articles or Reviews or Mods & Projects help you?
Possibly. Most article titles are very descriptive, so there isn't a large gain. As the site grows, with more articles, the summary may be more helpful.
3) Does the organization of the page accessed under "List All Topics" make sense to you?
Until now, I'd never used the link. The page appears to be a duplication of the "Main Menu/Topics" section. Just Plain Cool
, Just Plain Weird
and Site News
seem to only be available from this area. A side note/minor comment: After clicking on the various topics here, I think the icons (Book, "The Fonz", etc.) are too large next to the topics.
4) When you go into one of the categories under "List All Topics" -- say news -- is it easy to figure out how to view ALL the items in that category?
Only now that you've asked
. The "View all articles for this topic" link is a bit hidden on the gray/grid background (which I like). If this is changed, an additional link might be useful at the 'bottom' of the page too (or perhaps a "Page 1 of x" navigation tool).
5) Are you aware that there is an FAQ & that it is faiurly extensive?
I've read of it in the forums, but haven't looked for it. Checking the main site, it is easy to find.
6) Ditto Web Links?
Same as FAQ.
7) Do you ever use the search function on the main site? Does it help?
Currently, I haven't had a need to. As the site grows, a search feature would be very helpful.
8) Do you use the back button on your browser often while navigating the site? Is this normal web browing behavior for you?
Probably. I've been doing that since before graphics were on the Web
1) Are these people just too lazy to look around for themselves?
2) Have they already tried looking and been frustrated by difficulties with navigation?
While there are areas for improvement (aren't there always?), I don't see any reason your average person should have difficulties enough to cause frustration.
One comment I've been meaning to make for a while is related to navigation within an article. Specifically, I noticed it while reading Hard Drive Sandwich - Revisited
. "Previous page (2/7) Next page (4/7)". What if I want to go to page 1, or 6? This is cumbersome. Especially after I read the article, I wanted to go back to a certain page, and had to click through to get to it.
Great site, keep up the good work.
P.S. I voted "easy"
EDIT: Fixed typo.