Ok, so I sign up, and now I have to confirm my email. But...it's not a link I can just click, it's a code. So I switch back to the postbag tab, log in again, and it asks me for the code. I switch to email tab, copy the code, switch back to the postbag tab, put in the code. All a bit obstuse, but ok whatever...I'm done, right?
Nope, now I have to log in again after my account is verified.
That said, this looks really interesting and I'm excited to try it out. Thanks for posting!
I would generally do a page refresh on signup/error, that would avoid this as I'd know something happened rather than clicking submit 10 times. But that style of web development is no longer cool, so...
- I would smooth scroll the user up to where the error box is.
- A red border around the input that failed.
In other words, if you didn’t already know it, this site is enforcing terrible security practice, and not trying to filter out known-bad passwords. (zxcvbn would laugh at you for trying that. Basically every site that deals with setting passwords should use it.)
The reason it’s terrible security practice is that literally most people will just capitalise the first letter, or add a one, or add an exclamation mark, so it adds roughly no security while making people use passwords that they can’t remember, so they store them insecurely, &c. Sure, people should use password managers and all that, but they don’t.
Unless there is something magic going on that I don't understand, this seems like a pretty critical failing. I could do a google news search for "dyslexia" and I would likely get more relevant results (albeit without the authors' email addresses nicely formatted — I'd have to hunt that down on Twitter).
E.g. "I read your article [link] and thought this [link] would be a great addition!"
I still get around 100 emails every month to a 6 year old address that I used for publishing purposes.
“audiobook” produced passable results.
“rust programming language” produced 100% garbage: in its 167 Tier1 matches (I didn’t look further) not one was in any way related to Rust or even to programming; and only a few were related to languages. From the titles, most matches were probably derived from the word “rust”, though not many past the first dozen or so were about rust in any way—it was more commonly “yeah, I can imagine that rust might be mentioned once in that article”. The rest I have no idea where they came from, I can’t see how any of the keywords would have matched.
For the site - Your primary color/white combo used for your CTAs and links doesn't meet WCAG contrast ratios. You are running the risk of hindering users by reducing their ability to read text.
Coming to the lists - it's a good start. I got a few decent leads for my space. What would be great is info on their social handles, blogs, LinkedIn etc.
my user id:
I couldn't find any support channel in the app itself.
1. Sign-up process has too many pointless hurdles.
If you have restrictions on the password format, mention them upfront rather than revealing them one at a time after each failed attempt. Better yet, just don't enforce any password restriction at all, until they decide to become a paying customer or there's something else on a record worthy of protection.
Error reporting on the sign-up form is badly positioned. As others already pointed out, it's just not visible because it ends up being above the page edge.
Once signed up, the page shows the "log in" link. Click on that, enter email, password, enter - it asks for confirmation, BUT again asks for email address. Ok, retyped that, copied the confirmation code, enter - Yay, confirmed - now log in afresh. This is as brain-dead flow as it gets. Instead, when trying to log into an unconfirmed account it should just verify the password and ask for a confirmation code. Enter that - get in.
This is however peanuts compared to...
2. The quality of the results.
Here are first 10 items for a "file backups" query, the News section:
Kanbox Looks To Become The Internet File System And Storage ...
Another 74,000 file first-time unemployment claims in Illinois
Forever 21 officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Another 108K Marylanders file for unemployment as virus spreads
Intelsat files for bankruptcy protection
Model Out of Work? Here's How to File for Unemployment
Basketball referees, Section V file grievance over work conditions
* Western Digital Proposes Zonefs File-System For Linux 5.6
How to delete your Dropbox account in 5 simple steps
Apple Card Now Supports Exporting Transactions in OFX File Format
The Blog/Web section is similarly way off:
Coppermine: File Move Tutorial
How to generate EBCIDC file include header and ...
It looks like we don't support this file format. How to repair your photo?
How to Make a File Upload Form in WordPress?
How To Copy a File to the User's Current Profile using Powershell
File Folder technique cards Video tutorial
How to Import the SWMM 5 Report File as a Layer in infoSWMM
How to Merge Mails to PDF File
Best Free Online File Storage for Sharing Files on Blogs and Websites
Monitoring Folders Files With SCOM OpsMgr How To Manage Devices
On the plus side, the JournoRequests part looks interesting, but I can't readily judge if the results are relevant and actionable. That said, I don't think Pitchbox had this back when we (fairly unsuccessfully) used it few years ago.