We are excited to announce that the first test will take off soon!
We need you to join the flight!
About the test: Tab Open/Close Study
This study aims to understand user behaviors after they open or close a tab.
Tabbed browsing is now the standard interface offered by all major web browsers, and it‘s been argued that the browsing experience becomes difficult to manage when more than a handful of tabs are opened.
For this study, together with other co-pilots, you will contribute to the design of a key feature of Firefox – tabs. You will help us determine the best default behavior when you open or close a tab, especially when you may already have many tabs open. When you interact with tabs, Test Pilot will automatically record what you do (open/close/switch etc) and when you do it (time-stamp). (It will not record which websites you visit.) Through these log data, we may be able to detect certain patterns that help us design the default browser behavior that works best for most users.
One thing to note is that Firefox tab behaviors may be dramatically changed by different tab-related add-ons. In order to distinguish test data from browsers with such add-ons and browsers without them, the data that is uploaded will include information about add-ons that are installed.
If you are interested in knowing more about this test, please take a look at test details.
How to participate
This very first test will start as soon as you upgrade the Test Pilot add-on and it will run for seven days.
Since this study aims to understand users’ behaviors on current tab design through log data, you are not required to do any extra work besides using the Internet as you always do. No survey or additional software is required for this test.
When the test ends, all pilots for this test will be asked if you want to submit your test data or not. The test data will be expired and removed from your computer one week after the test ends if you don’t respond to the submission.
* Know what this test is about and what type of test data would be collected before it starts.
* Review all the test data during the test and before you submit.
* Opt out from the test at any time.
All test data will only be stored in anonymous form. None of it will be directly associated with any personally identifiable information about you. The data will automatically be removed from your computer after the test ends or after you quit the test.
If you are interested in helping us improve the participation process while trying out the first study, please join us in the Test Pilot discussion group.
This test is still the very first experiment, “a demo test” before running more future Test Pilot tests. We are planning on constantly improving it for the next iterations. We need your feedback, especially on the participation process and metrics design for the test. Please join the team and get involved in any of the following ways:
* Install and play with the Test Pilot add-on .
* Report a bug.
* Help improve the user experience of participating in tests through the Test Pilot discussion group.
* Help design test metrics or analyze data in the Test Pilot discussion group.
* Add your ideas for usability tests to the test proposals page on the Labs wiki .