Am I in the wrong business?

dirty hands

I just spent something like three blissful hours doing my best to break a new module in Nextbook.org’s content management system, and then writing up a list of bugs and change requests. (The most rewarding was when I managed to elicit an SQL syntax error—all hail the mighty apostrophe!) This is perhaps the most fun thing I’ve done at my job all year.

I used to love doing this . . . stuff—what would you call it? QA?—at Poets.org (where it was a major part of my job), I once sent an unsolicited website critique to my friends at jubilat (I also sent an unsolicited critique of some typographic aspects the magazine, which garnered an “Okay, if you know so much, you fix it, smartass,” though much more kindly, of course), and I frequently submit bug reports to other sites that I visit. I haven’t gotten to really nitpick over any websites in recent years, though, and I miss it.

Anybody need a beta tester?

Photo: dirty hands by O Pish Posh / Shauna R; some rights reserved.

3 Responses

  1. typesetter maven
    typesetter maven December 6, 2007 at 8:51 am |

    Hi – You might want to check out http://www.usertesting.com/ (i’m not affiliated in any way). Its kind of like usability and functionality testing in the model of ‘mystery shopper’ or in other words outsourced quality control for websites.

    Cheers – John

  2. India Amos
    India Amos December 6, 2007 at 10:05 am |

    Thanks, John. That’s an interesting service—who knew? Unfortunately, you have to have “a PC running Windows and a fast Internet connection.” I don’t do PCs anymore. I’m also not sure I could talk aloud, coherently, about what I’m doing as I’m doing it. But it does sound like fun.

  3. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
    Guy LeCharles Gonzalez December 18, 2007 at 12:46 pm |

    Hey, India! Feel free to nitpick Spindle. The official launch is next month and I think everything is ready to go, but I wouldn’t mind having a trained eye point out anything I’ve missed. :-)

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