[Mailman-Developers] Mailman Usability

Fil fil at rezo.net
Fri Mar 4 11:50:16 CET 2005

> Same here.  I am considering writing a wrapper in front of the admin
> pages, with _lots_ of buttons removed.  (Don't hold your breath for
> that, though.)  Perhaps a newbie/expert toggle on the interface would be
> helpful.  Lots of listadmins at the site here are overwhelmed by the
> sheer _amount_ of buttons.

Most people don't care about options. On my site I have tried to streamline
the registration process: there is a popup window where you can type in your
email, and sub/unsub (whether you are or not already subscribed).

See for instance http://listes.rezo.net/popup/ (click on the first link).

But the second most important place for usability is the welcome message,
which is loaded with options and jargon. I have replaced it with (in French):



 Votre adresse est inscrite sur la liste %(real_name)s@%(host_name)s



 Pour vous désabonner, une page vous est réservée
 Ce mot de passe empêchera quiconque de vous
 désabonner contre votre gré : %(password)s.

 Autres informations sur la liste %(real_name)s :


But I still find it too complex; we should get rid of the password thing.
People just nedd to know where they can see more options.

As for the web interface, from what I've seen I think GoogleGroups has got
the slickest interface for the moment.

-- Fil

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