There was one question that I probably should have raised while watching the MB summit live on youtube.
A user interface is best designed with specific user groups as the target.
Who are the specific audience/group/s that the new user interface/s are being designed for?
There are those who contribute code and understand database tech. Thats one group.
There are the experienced MB editors (who don’t understand database tech). That’s another group.
Then there are new users. They have a very wide range of skill levels.
I’ve got people I can sit in front of Musicbrainz and they will be hopelessly lost just trying to navigate or search.
What skill level of the online population is being aimed at?
Or is the approach more “make it as simple and clear (while still being powerful and fast) as we can think how to and let the learning curve determine the user population”?
This is an entirely valid approach. As long as we know that that is the approach that we are taking.