Critique: Ranker.com

6 Oct 2009 - 4:47pm
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Eugene Kim
2005

Hi All,

I was wondering if you'd take a second to provide some honest
feedback on a website I worked on briefly. The site is
http://ranker.com and it's for creating lists for anything from
shopping lists to top-10 lists. It's been months since I was last
employed there, but I really wanted to get your impressions since
they've recently launched their beta.

Technically, I think there are a lot of cool things about the site
(drag/drop, same page state changes, etc.) but I always felt like it
was the technology that really drove the design. It feels somewhat
disjointed to me. I feel the main goals are to be able to create
lists, comment on lists, and share them with others and I'm not sure
how easily those are accomplished.

Anyway, I'd appreciate your help. Thanks in advance!

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6 Oct 2009 - 5:00pm
Eugene Kim
2005

BTW, I'm not sure why but my email address is showing up instead of
my name. Just so you know I'm not spamming... :)

Eugene Kim

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7 Oct 2009 - 1:33am
neha
2009

I like the way the site interacts. Some cool interaction styles have been
used.

However, why should I come on this site? The Home Page lacks the pitch to
the user. 'Why' is a click behind and assumes that the user will click on it
and learn the benefits. This in my opinion should be upfront telling the
users 'Why Ranker'.

What do others think about this?

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Hi All,

I was wondering if you'd take a second to provide some honest

feedback on a website I worked on briefly. The site is

http://ranker.com and it's for creating lists for anything from

shopping lists to top-10 lists. It's been months since I was last

employed there, but I really wanted to get your impressions since

they've recently launched their beta.

Technically, I think there are a lot of cool things about the site

(drag/drop, same page state changes, etc.) but I always felt like it

was the technology that really drove the design. It feels somewhat

disjointed to me. I feel the main goals are to be able to create

lists, comment on lists, and share them with others and I'm not sure

how easily those are accomplished.

Anyway, I'd appreciate your help. Thanks in advance!

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7 Oct 2009 - 10:46am
Sarah Weise
2009

I agree with Neha. The site does not currently convey the "What's
in it for me" (WIFFM). Instead of the What, How, Why icons at the
top that users probably won't take the time to click on, it might be
beneficial to use this space to state the purpose and value in
relation to the user in 25 words or less... a "What you can do on
this site" area. Even something as simple as "Ranker lets you
create your own lists, and see others' lists" would let people know
what the site is and what you can do on it.

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7 Oct 2009 - 11:08am
Chris Maissan -...
2007

I think the lists should be displayed in descending order, revealing the
number 1 item last.

Cheers,
Chris

On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM, v6 at mindspring.com <v6 at mindspring.com>wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I was wondering if you'd take a second to provide some honest
> feedback on a website I worked on briefly. The site is
> http://ranker.com and it's for creating lists for anything from
> shopping lists to top-10 lists. It's been months since I was last
> employed there, but I really wanted to get your impressions since
> they've recently launched their beta.
>
> Technically, I think there are a lot of cool things about the site
> (drag/drop, same page state changes, etc.) but I always felt like it
> was the technology that really drove the design. It feels somewhat
> disjointed to me. I feel the main goals are to be able to create
> lists, comment on lists, and share them with others and I'm not sure
> how easily those are accomplished.
>
> Anyway, I'd appreciate your help. Thanks in advance!
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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7 Oct 2009 - 2:58pm
David Mulder
2007

I agree with Neha & Sarah; what is my motivation for using this service and
how does it fit within the context (mental model) of what I already do?

The content on the homepage could also be better focused.

7 Oct 2009 - 3:41pm
jaketrimble
2008

Um...Is this a service or an advertisement? Way too busy for my taste.
Cool idea but chill with the Google Ads please. For instance on my
screen resolution (1280x1024) there were three separate Google Ad
spaces on the left, center, and right before I even began to scroll
and there are 6 total "blocks" of ads on the homepage alone. I
don't know if there is a study, but I would have to assume that you
can make a lot more money from ad impressions by lessening the amount
of "blocks" you have on each page. I assume this because most users
see too many ads as a ploy and may not use your site. Whereas less
ads means more pages the user will click through on your site, thus
giving you the number of impressions you want and then some.

I agree with the other comments. I find that users want to explore
and learn themselves instead of reading about the why's and what's.
Having a way too tiny link to "Start a list" at the very top of the
page is a very bad decision.

Starting a list:
Don't be so intrusive. Let the user create their list and then if
they want to save it tell them they have to join. Having a notice
every several list additions is a way of saying to someone, "hey
don't keep going cause your going to have to give us your email
address and sign up". If you let them finish a list then they are
vested in it and a higher percentage will want to join so that they
can save, share, export (what have you) the list that they worked so
diligently on.

All that being said the idea is awesome and I look forward to seeing
enhancements.

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8 Oct 2009 - 11:47am
Eugene Kim
2005

> However, why should I come on this site? The Home Page
> lacks the pitch to the user. 'Why' is a click behind
> and assumes that the user will click on it and learn
> the benefits. This in my opinion should be upfront
> telling the users 'Why Ranker'.

What do others
> think about this?
Neha, I think it's a step in the right direction to try to help out
users but as you say it's a click behind. In my opinion, they're
possibly cramming too much in which is seen throughout the rest of
the site.

> The content on the homepage could also be better focused.
David, when I look at the middle column on the homepage I don't know
exactly how each section is different from the other apart from how
they look. They're all popular listings but without a clear
distinction between them. I'd say this lends to the busyness of the
site.

Also, I don't like how the left column displays lists. I feel it'd
be nice if they left this to handle just categories.

> Um...Is this a service or an advertisement?
Jake, there used to be a medrect ad on the top-right corner that was
persistent on every single page. I'm glad they removed that. :)
As for the Google ads, maybe it'd help if the ads were clearly
marked out (like an image ad) or if they were made to look seamless
with the content.

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8 Oct 2009 - 11:52am
Eugene Kim
2005

BTW, any more critiques of the actual list creation process? Thanks!

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13 Oct 2009 - 3:35pm
Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

Eugene Kim wrote:
> BTW, any more critiques of the actual list creation process? Thanks!

Sure.
Naming the list *after* it's content has been selected would be nice
considering the variety of possible lists. The ability to rename the list at
any time would be useful as well. Just came across this issue in one of my
projects.

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Oleh Kovalchuke
Interaction Design is design of time
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