Feedback needed: Removing form start screen in Collect

Hi all,

ODK Collect has had a form start screen (see attached) for as long as
I can remember. The screen is primarily used as a quick how-to and it
also loads a form logo if one is available.

I don't think this screen is useful anymore and I would like to remove
it. That is, when you launch a form, it'll go straight to the first
question. From your experiences working with data collection
campaigns, is there a compelling reason why we should keep this
screen?

Thanks,

Yaw

We thought that the screen provided helpful orientation for new users
filling out forms. However, some time back we added a way to replace that
screen with an introductory note field in the survey form, which now some
people prefer. That way, form designers can override with their own note as
appropriate (with HTML formatting and/or an image, as desired). Allowing
form designers the freedom to keep or replace seems ideal, in my view.

Best,

Chris

··· --- Christopher Robert Dobility, Inc. (SurveyCTO) http://www.surveycto.com/ http://blog.surveycto.com/

On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 3:17 PM, Yaw Anokwa yanokwa@nafundi.com wrote:

Hi all,

ODK Collect has had a form start screen (see attached) for as long as
I can remember. The screen is primarily used as a quick how-to and it
also loads a form logo if one is available.

I don't think this screen is useful anymore and I would like to remove
it. That is, when you launch a form, it'll go straight to the first
question. From your experiences working with data collection
campaigns, is there a compelling reason why we should keep this
screen?

Thanks,

Yaw

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Hi,

It's just useful for people who use it for the first time.

Maybe a checkbox to keep it or not on ODK collect ( similar to other
options in settings) because the initial instructions help for deploying
with data collectors who are not very solid with tech.

Saud

··· On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 3:18 PM Yaw Anokwa wrote:

Hi all,

ODK Collect has had a form start screen (see attached) for as long as
I can remember. The screen is primarily used as a quick how-to and it
also loads a form logo if one is available.

I don't think this screen is useful anymore and I would like to remove
it. That is, when you launch a form, it'll go straight to the first
question. From your experiences working with data collection
campaigns, is there a compelling reason why we should keep this
screen?

Thanks,

Yaw

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I do think it is very useful for the users because this screen contains
forms name and very useful instruction.

Arif Azad Khan

··· On Monday, November 14, 2016 at 2:18:32 AM UTC+6, Yaw Anokwa wrote: > > Hi all, > > ODK Collect has had a form start screen (see attached) for as long as > I can remember. The screen is primarily used as a quick how-to and it > also loads a form logo if one is available. > > I don't think this screen is useful anymore and I would like to remove > it. That is, when you launch a form, it'll go straight to the first > question. From your experiences working with data collection > campaigns, is there a compelling reason why we should keep this > screen? > > Thanks, > > Yaw >

Hi all,

Just to push back on some of the responses...

By the time you've gotten to the instruction screen, you've done a few
complex things and have even more complex things to do. The swipe
feels to me like the easiest thing to remember about using Collect and
it's reinforced on every screen.

You see the form name right before you click on it, but yes, I do
think we should do more to highlight the form name once you are inside
the form.

As to adding a setting, I want to be cautious about adding those
because then you have a big list of settings that are hard to
understand. To me, settings should be used for things that are 50/50.
They aren't a substitute for making a decision about what is best for
80-90% of the users.

It seems like Chris' approach of having form designers add whatever
start screen they want addresses a lot of these issues. You can put
whatever instructions you'd like on a per-form basis.

Any opposition to Chris' approach?

Yaw

··· On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 4:49 AM, ARIF AZAD KHAN wrote: > I do think it is very useful for the users because this screen contains > forms name and very useful instruction. > > Arif Azad Khan > > > On Monday, November 14, 2016 at 2:18:32 AM UTC+6, Yaw Anokwa wrote: >> >> Hi all, >> >> ODK Collect has had a form start screen (see attached) for as long as >> I can remember. The screen is primarily used as a quick how-to and it >> also loads a form logo if one is available. >> >> I don't think this screen is useful anymore and I would like to remove >> it. That is, when you launch a form, it'll go straight to the first >> question. From your experiences working with data collection >> campaigns, is there a compelling reason why we should keep this >> screen? >> >> Thanks, >> >> Yaw > > -- > -- > Post: opendatakit@googlegroups.com > Unsubscribe: opendatakit+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com > Options: http://groups.google.com/group/opendatakit?hl=en > > --- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "ODK Community" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to opendatakit+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.