JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Let's help make Like Canberra a whole lot more likeable

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra Robyn Archer count down the days til Canberra celebrate's its centenary down at the AIS rowing sheds, Yarralumla, Canberra .

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra Robyn Archer count down the days til Canberra celebrate's its centenary down at the AIS rowing sheds, Yarralumla, Canberra . Photo: Colleen Petch

OK Canberra, after a moment of mouse-induced rage, it’s time to help.

To recap, yesterday I got a little hot under the collar about the Like Canberra website:

quote

I may be a born-and-bred Canberran and (mostly) lifelong resident, and I may spend an inordinate amount of time defending this funny old place with all its idiosyncrasies, bless it, but I’ll always stick the boot in where it’s needed.

To wit: the Like Canberra website.

I don’t like it.

A few of you agreed with me, and a few disagreed. But there was at least one reader keen to get a little more constructive about the whole thing - Centenary executive director Jeremy Lasek, who left this comment on yesterday’s post:

quote

The Like Canberra campaign made no attempt to censor any of the ‘likes’. The intent was to solicit authentic and heartfelt responses, in whatever way they were expressed and however odd, quirky or individual they might be. Other than racist, sexist or any other inappropriate suggestions, no filter was part of the process.

The categories on the website were created to facilitate voting. They attempt to group the ‘likes’ so that people don’t have to scroll through over 1,000 nominations to vote.

The Centenary marketing team is working to improve the design of the website to make it more user-friendly. We appreciate your feedback.

There you go, and Mr Lasek confirmed this when I called him.

So, after yesterday’s rant, I think it’s time to be a little more constructive myself and actually help Jeremy and team out with improving the Like Canberra website.

Here’s my first suggestion:

Each time I check the website, I find another problem, many of which are simply mistakes. Like, under “Business – View all responses”, you’ll find a list of things that seem to be more, um, community related. Because they almost all have the word “community” in them. So maybe they belong under “Community”. Basically, the site could do with a damn good proof-read.

Anything else the team should be aware of? Be constructive now…

Also, I should have pointed out from the outset that I actually thought that, annoying Facebook references aside, the “Like Canberra” campaign was a pretty good idea. It’s much easier to be demonstrative about things you “like”, without the added pressure of avowed passion.

There’s hope for this website yet!

10 comments so far

  • Maybe this is a lesson Sally. Constructive suggestions from the beginning rather than a rant.

    Commenter
    Nicky
    Date and time
    January 17, 2013, 12:27PM
    • Censor the input.

      There is nothing to be proud about having a large number of McDonalds restaurants. If you want people to vote, give us options that we would be proud to vote for.

      Commenter
      Mike
      Date and time
      January 17, 2013, 1:53PM
      • What people seem to have forgotten is that the content within the website was derived from the original site where people contributed their ideas. Contributions like McDonald's were from the public I believe or have I missed something?

        Commenter
        Rando
        Location
        Gordon
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 3:41PM
      • You are correct. However, this does not mean that bad ideas should have been published.

        Commenter
        Mike
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 4:50PM
    • Seems the Taxonomy of the site could of been better researched - that is, how do you group and categorise individual items into logical groupings that people will recognise and respond positively too. The Agency that built the site need to go back and refine this quickly before users become disengaged and frustrated with the site.

      Commenter
      Adam
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      January 17, 2013, 2:02PM
      • I think the website is fresh and UX-wise is great! The content and categorisation does need improving but it is us CANBERRANS who generated the content! Technically, it's an amazing site, responsive and fluid etc. Let's hope the centenary team can tweak the categories and iron out the spelling mistakes.
        If Sally is the "Centenary reporter" then I think she should do a better job "reporting" on this year of celebration by drumming up support. Too many of your articles are negative and full of whinging.

        Commenter
        uxguru
        Date and time
        January 17, 2013, 3:32PM
        • Agree with uxguru - the site is fresh and innovative. It simply delivers the content that Canberrans generated. The people that live in, and report on this city would help its image immensely by being a bit more positive. Must be a slow news day...

          Commenter
          Jeff
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          January 17, 2013, 4:05PM
          • "Proofread", not "proof-read".

            Commenter
            edittide
            Location
            Gungahlin
            Date and time
            January 17, 2013, 8:54PM
            • No, it's actually proof-read. Proofread is American.

              Commenter
              Will
              Date and time
              January 17, 2013, 11:18PM
          • Unfortunately what has been missed in these rants is the whole reason behind the website. To celebrate what we like about Canberra. From my understanding the original 'likes' had been suggested by the public and to some (not necessarily to all but we are all all allowed an opinion) the vast number of McDonald's matters!

            I agree with uxguru - let's stop getting upset about the website and instead drum up support by reporting on all the things that are going on for this Centenary year! I certainly would like to know more about that.....!

            Commenter
            Lexi
            Date and time
            January 18, 2013, 12:45PM

            Make a comment

            You are logged in as [Logout]

            All information entered below may be published.

            Error: Please enter your screen name.

            Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

            Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

            Error: Please enter your comment.

            Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

            Post to

            You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

            Thank you

            Your comment has been submitted for approval.

            Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

            Featured advertisers