I’ll reiterate what I’ve said on FB:
Add beer AKA add bad entry:
-the function still forces users to make erroneously named entries by not allowing them to change brewery names - which are often either shortened wrong or not shortened where they should be. Very bad for database consistency and quality, which deteriorates and we are forced to do extra work.
"Autosave" - not really:
-a failsafe of sorts was seemingly put into place to prevent loss of text & ratings if “back” was clicked in the app or on the phone. That’s certainly a move forward, but the main issue which scares raters away from the app - text loss if the app is somehow closed - by crash, accidentally, intentionally - is still very much unresolved.
-Nearly 95% of the world’s population uses the metric system. The Ratebeer app defaults to miles and gives no other option. A good idea would be to give the choice to the users (through settings).
"The search is hidden, the Home’s a mess-"
The search should always be on the first page you see, as that’s nearly always what we want to use immediately when we load up the app. Putting it elsewhere was, in my opinion, a very bad design choice.
The “Best beers nearby” list is completely unusable and irrelevant as well without immediate context on where that nearby is. Example: To me, living in one of the world’s beer capitals, it says that Rochefort 10, Stone RIS and Rodenbach Alexander are available… somewhere. Is it Prague? Is it 100km from Prague? Where? When? And who actually, as a beer tourist, wants to go for a Rochefort 10 in Prague. The first thing that we see when we load the app therefore has highly questionable relevance and usability.
Places Nearby is useful despite its non-avoidable shortcomings (can’t blame it for not taking into account geography and traffic connections). It’s something that should be on the Home page perhaps, but below Search, not what’s there now.
In any case, to see where that “nearby” is, you have to click, scroll down, find the address, click, and you get google maps - which aren’t always good for our places locations - we have thousands of places where we’ve had to fix things. This was a pretty good and a pretty bad idea at once, depending on the area. Then there’s the context of other places’ locations which is missing but I guess that’ll be worked on.
The address & working hours of a place should be shown immediately, users should not be required to scroll under beer lists to find them.