Back when I worked at ThousandEyes in 2014, I noticed a "I wish this page would..." form on the left side of the main application page. It appeared to be a very easy way for users to point out UI issues, their own impatience, or whatever else.
This could be something like:
- Well, Teran, I'd use this SporeStack thing if you offered a CoreOS alpha image.
- Hmm, this would be great if it had a pricing calculator.
- I'd use this if the documentation was better.
- I want to spend $2,000 a month with someone and I'd use you if you turned that awful memory number field into a slider.
Etc, etc. I very occasionally get feedback like this by email, but rarely and less than I could use. I suspect that internet users, myself included, adjust their behavior to be as lazy as they can expect they can be. I imagine email comments were more common when websites were less sleek and people had to take time to do things anyways, so sending an email wasn't a big deal. Now, the extra mental effort and thirty seconds to just get an email going (plus the mild formality expectations) may elminate that opportunity.
I imagine that if I make it as simple as a text box and a button, people might use it.
So I figure I'll roll it out here on my blog and shortly onto SporeStack. Maybe in the morning after some sleep.
Happy Independence Day! (In local time it just passed midnight on the 5th, but I feel like it's still the 4th.)
Oh, and the code. Yes, it's also in Go. I imagine you'd rsync down rants or something and delete them off the server after you do.
PS: With this update there are also some theme updates and switching to Bootstrap 4.