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(Copied from the mailing list. There are likely to be further comments/discussion in the archives there.)

One of the things Dreamwidth has, that I really like, is a list of "design personas": personifications of different use cases for their website, with some thought about what sort of features those people would want and what they'd definitely *not* want. You can see DW's personas here: http://wiki.dwscoalition.org/wiki/index.php/Design_Personas

I've started thinking a bit about ours, and from conversations I've had with people and comments on various DW posts soliciting your thoughts, I've felt like there is some agreement around these three main uses for Growstuff:

1. Tracking

If you're a tracker, you want to track your garden, your crops, and everything to do with them. Dates, locations, and other records are important to you. You want to remember what you did, and plan for what you want to do next. Data entry doesn't scare you away, as long as it will be there for you afterwards. You might want to be able to import/export your data to other apps or in standard forms. When you're wearing your tracking hat, you don't much care about other people seeing your data -- you may or may not mind, but your primary goal is for it to be there for *you*, not for them.

2. Sharing

Sharers want other people to see what they're growing. If you're a sharer, you want to connect with existing friends (online and offline), make new friends, and show them your garden and what you're doing in it. You post notes and photos with an external audience in mind. You send your updates out via other social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest) as well as sharing on Growstuff itself. You are interested in connecting with people who have similar interests to yours, or who live and garden in your area, and you enjoy seeing what they're doing, too.

3. Learning

You may be an experienced food grower, or you might not even have a single plant yet, but you're interested in learning about food gardening and how best to do it. You browse Growstuff for things you might want to grow, tips, and other useful information, and want to bookmark the best stuff for future reference. You might like to ask questions, too, either publicly or of some limited group (friends, people near you) and get specific advice, or participate in discussions on various topics. You may not enter stuff in the "your garden" area of the site, but you learn a lot from others who do.

I suspect that while some users will fall clearly into one of these camps, others will have a bit of each, since they're not mutually incompatible.

What I'd like to know (especially from people who identify as "customers" or "gardeners") is whether this rings true for you, or have I missed out some common use case that should be included in the list? (I have a suspicion I'm missing something like "Promoting", for people who want to spread the idea of sustainability/self-sufficiency/organics/locavorism/whatever or who want to tell people about the particular group/activity/service/product they have. Is this a use case we want to support?)

on 2012-08-25 09:41 pm (UTC)
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What about prompting?

So I've planted x, when do I need to do stuff to x to get a good crop? Is there a care plan that someone else has set up? What do I need to do to my garden this weekend?

I think it could be similar to a "next action" list eg expect to fertilise before picking out sideshoots in the tomato plant, so it doesn't need a time based list of things to do. OTOH, in a particular month I might need a prompt to prune my fruit tree or pull up my iris.

I notice many of the gardening columns in the newspaper have a 'what I'm going to do this weekend" list at the end.

It could also be useful as a prompt for people who do know what they're doing; "oh, I planted my tomatoes in the second week of September last year, that was a bit early/late."

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