filters not entirely obvious how to use

Bug #781657 reported by Kees Cook on 2011-05-12
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Bug Description

Since the default Harvest page starts with certain filters, I don't find it obvious (especially as a new user) how to successfully change the filters. For example, clicking on a filter in Opportunities doesn't clear the default packages filter, so it looks like there are no available things to work on.

I'm not sure exactly what to change to make it better, though...

Daniel Holbach (dholbach) wrote :

Dylan: do you have an idea how we can fix this?

Dylan McCall (dylanmccall) wrote :

Hm… nothing springs to mind right away. The filters UI is tuned to be tinkered with, so hopefully it can become more natural with additional tinkering, but of course that isn't ideal. Would it help if we made it clear what packages are selected, maybe above the results? (“15 packages from core and ubuntu-desktop”).

The Packages filter group might be a little counter-intuitive right now, since it's filtering down from the set of ALL packages instead of adding packages to an empty set (and there is nothing to say where all those packages came from). The original mockup had a pair of radio buttons to select the initial set (All packages, All I can upload, All I'm bug contact for). As we add Launchpad integration, it would be nice to add that radio group as well. Perhaps it would help explain what's going on.

I am probably not a great authority on Harvest's learnability, though, since I've been so involved in gluing it together. Maybe we can go poke some design people :)

Changed in harvest:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in harvest:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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