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    Geoff Caplan
    BPL Member

    @geoffcaplan

    Locale: Lake District, Cumbria

    The Member Gear Review listing has what I would regard as a fairly major usability bug.

    Here is a screenshot of 3 recent listings. I have no idea what product they are reviewing. This is what web UX pros call “Mystery Meat Navigation” – the user has to click the link to discover what the content is about. Research shows that it’s an egregious error – most users simply won’t bother and the content will go unread.

    If you want this feature to take off, you really do need to improve the listing, I think.

    I’d also suggest you add a filter for the type of product, such as Shelter, Sleep, Clothing, Cooking etc. As the section grows, this would make it far more navigable. I would suggest that when people are looking for reviews, they are primarily searching for a tent, stove, quilt etc, not for the more abstract and general ratings you have at present.

    Potential a good feature, but I do think it needs some attention…

    #3716236
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    I would guess the issue arrises out of the reviewer not including a photo as part of the review.  The thumbnail used in the listing appears to be the photo the reviewer includes in their review.  Those listings with the generic icons have no uploaded photo.

    The odd thing is that something somewhere is finding both the name of the product being reviewed and a small image of it…this is displayed at the very top of the review…

    At a minimum that image should be used as the listing icon…might even argue that would be better than using the reviewers uploaded image.

    Fully support the filtering suggestion.  A simple drop-down selection of categories when posting might suffice.

    #3716819
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    We have this in the queue right now. It just didn’t make it into the May 27 launch. Soon!

    #3717655
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    This should now be resolved:

    #3717686
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Ryan – The new text is a great addition.  Any chance of using the product image at the top of each post (that might be auto-generated?) as the listing icon?  At least when the reviewer does not upload an image?  I would even argue that the product image should be used as the listing icon regardless…it is generally optimized to allow easy visual identification of the product.

    Example: the second listing in your screenshot is a review of a headlamp, but the reviewer uploaded image might lead you to believe it was for a puffy jacket as that is the most easily identifiable gear in the listing icon.  Using the product image at the top of the review as the listing icon would clearly indicate the product being reviewed.

    #3718155
    Geoff Caplan
    BPL Member

    @geoffcaplan

    Locale: Lake District, Cumbria

    Greatly improved – the filtering too. Should become a useful resource now!

    Thanks for listening.

    #3718260
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Geoff / JCH – Great suggestions!

    Bad news: Uploading the thumbnail image by default it not going to happen right now it’s a heavy database query.

    Good news: I can manually override and update the thumbnails for the Gear Reviews. I’m happy to do that when new reviews come in. It won’t be instantaneous but I will stay on top of it.

    The second listing in your screenshot is a review of a headlamp, but the reviewer uploaded image might lead you to believe it was for a puffy jacket as that is the most easily identifiable gear in the listing icon.  Using the product image at the top of the review as the listing icon would clearly indicate the product being reviewed.

    We are still working on this issue. For now, I am not going to overwrite any member submitted images.

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