when a first time user goes to openstudy.com ... how do they sign up? i always see the sign in... and not sign up... i only sign up when i'm logged out but go to openstudy.com/study ... aka clicking the start studying button and choosing a study group. I was thinking maybe there should be a sign up form on the landing page... opinions? criticisms? lemme know what you think
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I dunno. The format's Ok as it is.
i meant to say that i only *see the sign up when i'm logged out but ...
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ok then, well i wanted to write a blog post/guide to show how first time users can get around the site... i want to start from how to sign up to the very last detail of the site i can get
I just want an easier way to change the group I'm posting my question in (like before, with the drop-down form), instead of entirely changing the group I'm in with the Blue Button.
We're thinking about it, and have been since we put the landing page together. We like the idea that people can sign up only after they've seen what's up heh.
that's cool though, it's an interesting concept, don't sign up if u don't like what's up here, sign up if you're up for it :D i like it after all :)
Sorry, to say, but what you are doing is very confusing. There is a cultural language, a set of established expectations, a set of cultural norms, for web site design. Just as there are a set of expectations about the sequence of scenes in a TV show or movie, as well as for the use of music in a theatrical productions.... Leave out the establishing shot at your own risk, use Bambi playing among the flowers music over a film battle scene and watch people run for the exits.
People expect certain things to be on the landing page, If they are not there, you need to at least explain why, or better yet, lead them to and understanding that they are not needed.
I spent quite a while trying to figure out how to register for the site and finally decided the site was amateurish and hopelessly broken... because there was no registration on the landing page, no information about a guest login, and not information about how to look around without logging in. As a last ditch effort to get in, I decided to trying the facebook login method, and backed out of that when I saw your site asking for permission to post to facebook as me (REALLY!!!). At that point the registration form popped up and I registered and got in here.
It is a bad idea to violate cultural norms.
One of the cultural norms of the Web is that next to a login control you will find a control to recover your login and a control to register. A login control implies the need to register.
Thanks for the feedback. You bring up some very good points. I do, however, feel the need to address the question of posting to Facebook as you - since that's an obvious privacy concern. We're not actually using that functionality currently, but even if we did, it's not something that we would do without prompting you. It's SOP for any Facebook App to prompt you before posting as you on Facebook. So, we're not planning to go around posting to your wall/timeline without your knowledge.
That said, I'm sorry you found our landing page confusing. Our goal was certainly not to confuse you. We'll certainly take your feedback into consideration as we iterate our landing page design in the coming weeks.
Thanks again, and all the best.