Copyright © 1996 to Bruce Simpson
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The results of last week's survey are in...
Ratings are averaged from all responses and are on a
scale of 0-10
|Ease of use ||4.5||8.1|
Comments re NBR's site:
Comments re the ClearNet site:
- Almost without exception, respondents to the survey commented
on the wealth of content available at the NBR site, many considering
it to be one of the most important NZ-based locations on the Net.
- A number of people complained of performance problems
and database crashes.
- Many Netscape 2.0 users complained that it crashed their browsers -
but I think it does advise users to use NS3.0 or MSIE3.0 on the site
so caveat emptor.
- Several people seemed unable to find out exactly how to sign up
online. Maybe it's not intuitive enough.
- The number of complaints about the user-interface and need to
click down more than four levels on some occasions probaby accounts
for the rather low "ease of use score".
- 51% of respondents said they will be revisiting the site regularly
- Most comments were full of praise for the quality of the web design
- Several people commented that there was a dearth of NZ sites amongst
the links and that the web designers seemed to favour their own sites
rather than those of their competitors.
- Some commented how strange it was that the category listings were
identical to those on Xtra
- 67% of respondents said they would be revisiting the site regularly
although comments indicate that this figure may drop if the links
aren't regularly updated.
- The above table isn't meant to be an NBR versus Clear comparison,
it's just a convenient way to display the data. These are two
distinctly different sites focusing on dramaticaly different market
- There were a couple of strange submissions which were excluded
from the results. One reply from the host ID nbr1.midland.co.nz
gave the NBR site 10/10 for everything (strange eh?) while another
from the domain clear.co.nz did the same for the clear site.
There was a contribution from the xtra.co.nz domain which
gave ClearNet a big fat zero on all categories. All of these
were discounted from the results, for obvious reasons.
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