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Re: [tor-talk] Coffee shop testing - was TB for Win

On Wed, 13 Apr 2011 08:19 -0500, "David Carlson"
<carlson.dl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 4/12/2011 8:38 AM, Erinn Clark wrote:
> > * Mike Perry <mikeperry@xxxxxxxxxx> [2011:04:12 05:49 -0700]: 
> >> Right now, the thing is called Minefield, at least on Linux, because
> >> that was most expedient. We probably need to use at least some of the
> >> more visible Firefox graphics in the long run, though.  Remember, it
> >> should have a chance of looking like a regular web browser from a
> >> distance, at least. I think this means it must look as much like
> >> Firefox as possible, and shouldn't say Tor, but yet should still be
> >> obvious to the user that it is a different browser. 
> > Minefield is just the name it gives itself when I build it from source, along
> > with its own set of Minefield-y icons. Some user experimentation indicates that
> > a non-zero number of users don't even realize this is a browser at all, much
> > less what they should be using.
> >  
> >> My current thought it that this means it calls itself Firefox and uses
> >> the Firefox graphics, but it has a green onion button on the toolbar,
> >> next to the url, signifying Tor use. This may still be too conspicuous
> >> for some users. In fact, a prefs.js issue is preventing the button
> >> from being displayed right now on some platforms, but I think we
> >> actually do want the button there.. Or do we?
> > Because of a misconfiguration in the OS X TBB last year, the toggle button on
> > the bottom didn't appear, and one user remarked that he thought this was
> > deliberate since Torbutton shouldn't be toggled while using TBB anyway.
> >
> > I'm more worried that users will have two Firefoxes open, and accidentally use
> > the wrong one because they can't distinguish between the two. It's hard to
> > anticipate which things would go wrong.
> >
> > As an aside, I met some nice people at a conference once and they suggested
> > that if we can't afford real usability testing, we should just go sit in coffee
> > shops and interrupt random people and ask them to use our software and give
> > feedback, then buy them a cup of coffee. Maybe we should really do this.
> >
> >
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> Hi,
> I, for one, usually really enjoy trying to break things, but not when I
> am doing something on a deadline.  I think the coffee shop idea would
> flop miserably in the real world.
> David Carlson

..and sadly, the days of it being safe to accept software from strangers
are long gone.

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