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  1. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    My answer on QUORA to "What is the best type of computer monitor for coding?"

    I like to “spread out” and and have multiple types of collateral available, so Size - or at any rate - Scale Matters.

    I use a couple of 20+” monitors. Advantages:

    Cheaper - Hey, it’s who I am

    Broad “panoramic” vista allows me to slide things left & right, while still keeping a good viewable aspect ration on individual windows

    More Flexible -I can move one of the monitors over and add it to my laptop (a separate rig - useful for client-site work), if I’d prefer to work there

    Easier to maintain - If one monitor goes down, I can replace it (see “Cheaper”) … and still continue to work

    note: This image is generic - NOT my desk.
    John Vaughan


    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    10/07/2016 #6 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I'm jealous. Now that I'm coding a lot more, I swipe my wife's graphic design station when she isn't using it. When she kicks me out, I'm stuck on a 15" laptop screen. That's when I get a tinge of separation​ anxiety.
    Flavia Toro Rodriguez
    10/07/2016 #4 Flavia Toro Rodriguez
    #2 yo 8 no quiero pero a veces agradecería uno más 😜
    Gerald Hecht
    10/07/2016 #3 Gerald Hecht
    @John Vaughan they look good in Network News Rooms Too!
    Javier beBee
    10/07/2016 #1 Javier beBee
    @John Vaughan too many screens for being your desk, but it is appealing ! LOL
  2. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    Dumb UX ... Fixed (and Quickly)
    Dumb UX ... Fixed (and Quickly)Update: beBee's tech team corrected this usability glitch with 2 hours of acknowledging it. That's how to do it. Two Thumbs Up.IMO: This bodes well for beBee's success - esp. when compared to longstanding indifference ("user antagonism") from...


    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    04/07/2016 #15 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #12 @Franci Eugenia Hoffman thank you very much. And thank you all for making honey for all beBee.
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    04/07/2016 #14 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #8 #9 #11 Thanks so much!! ;)
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    04/07/2016 #13 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #7 Thank you very much. Great! The hive grows every day... Best regards.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/07/2016 #12 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I can't stand this feature on LinkedIn. I doubt they would listen if we complained. With that said, beBee's @Federico Álvarez San Martín is already addressing these issues on beBee. You gotta love the beBee attitude. 👍🏻👍🏻 Thank you for all you do.
    Gerald Hecht
    04/07/2016 #11 Gerald Hecht
    #3 @Federico Álvarez San Martín 💥🎤⬇️
    Javier beBee
    04/07/2016 #9 Javier beBee
    #7 @Federico Álvarez San Martín is the MAN , no doubt !
    Gerald Hecht
    03/07/2016 #7 Gerald Hecht
    #6 @Federico Álvarez San Martín man you are fast! It seems like the hives are growing so much faster now; so many more bees/day --and you still are on top of the issues with each bee! I appreciate you for the time and effort you invest; very much!
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    03/07/2016 #6 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #5 Soon we will have the option to start a new paragraph and publish the "enter" key. Thank you very much for the feedback. Best
    John Vaughan
    03/07/2016 #5 John Vaughan
    #3 @Federico Álvarez San Martín >> Just tried to comment - and discovered that the "Dumb UX" ("press [ Enter ] to send") thing is happening again. Please fix.
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    28/06/2016 #3 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #2 #1 Thank you very much @Phil Friedman and @John Vaughan. That is all the bebee team. We hear and we want to improve slowly so that ye find them at home. I hope we always escribáis possible improvements or bugs that you find. Thank you very much again. Best regards.
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #2 John Vaughan
    #1 Thanks, @Phil Friedman. And a big shout-out to @Federico Álvarez San Martín and his team. Been doing this QA-as-UX thing for 30+ years now. The marketing folks tend to respond predictably, but the tech folks are where the rubber meets the road.

    HEY! The [ Enter ] thing appears to be fixed. BIG THUMBS UP to Federico & Team for nice speedy turnaround.

    I will leave this posting up, even tho it's fixed. Nice object lesson in "responsive design"....
    Phil Friedman
    28/06/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    Agreed, @John Vaughan, it is a most annoying way to do things. And impeded engagement by cutting comments short, often inadvertently, but always by frustration. Hopefully @Federico Álvarez San Martín View more
    Agreed, @John Vaughan, it is a most annoying way to do things. And impeded engagement by cutting comments short, often inadvertently, but always by frustration. Hopefully @Federico Álvarez San Martín, will revisit this soon. Cheers! Close
  3. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    "Change" = Confusion
    "Change" = ConfusionThis is a larger issue, as well, but in specific....I wrote an article titled "Change" a couple of weeks ago (on June 13, 2016).  Got some good responses.  Was communicating with some of the folks who had commented on my article when I discovered...


    Javier beBee
    28/06/2016 #36 Javier beBee
    #34 @John Vaughan, everything is relevant !!! Thanks !!! @Federico Álvarez San Martín take notes !! :)
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    28/06/2016 #35 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #25 Thanks @John Vaughan. Little by little we are improving everything. We have a lot to do. We ask for patience and we nutráis of ideas or issues that you see.
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #34 John Vaughan
    @Javier beBee > I'd like to follow up on one of my questions in this post re "beBee Equity":
    Perhaps it's not technically an "ambassador" role, but - Do my services in improving beBee's design count toward my beBee Equity?
    i.e. Is there equity value in making beBee BETTER, as well as in MARKETING beBee?

    I would propose that the design (usability, accessibility, etc.) aspects of "Making beBee all that it can beBee" are especially critical at this early stage.

    Case in point: I've offered several (in my mind) valuable, actionable observations re beBee design in this thread. I just suggested (below) a way to make it much easier for people to engage in Affinity on beBee. It's a technique that has implications for your interaction design across the service. It's valuable stuff, but I don't see the equity value reflected in the description of Ambassadorship. Clarification?
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #33 John Vaughan
    #31 @Kevin Pashuk
    *hmmm ... @Federico Álvarez San Martín: I notice that Comments didn't "take" the @ sign for Kevin's name ... until I connected with him. I'd say that the algorithm should be context-sensitive, rather than connection-sensitive. i.e. It should offer up links to the "Kevin's" in this Comment stream. Then offer the opportunity to connect (or do it implicitly) when I choose to address him.

    Ya see, Kevin - I just can't escape the compulsion.
    As for "Ignorance" ... https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/intelligent-ignorance-john-vaughan
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #32 John Vaughan
    #31 LOL, @Kevin Pashuk
    Too true.
    Case(s) in Point: "EveryDay UX" https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/everyday-ux/
    Kevin Pashuk
    28/06/2016 #31 Kevin Pashuk
    @John Vaughan, my first son is a Six Sigma Black Belt and is an expert at finding ways to do things more efficiently. I can't take him anywhere. Whenever we go to a restaurant he can't help but come up with a list of several things that could me done better. Me, I enjoy my meal in ignorant bliss. Being a UX designer must drive you nuts... bad UX design is bad enough for us non professionals. PS... my second son is in school right now specializing in UX design.
    Teresa Gezze
    28/06/2016 #30 Teresa Gezze
    Hi @John Vaughan. I completely agree with you. I didn’t mean technical as in technique, what I meant is that it is not up to communications, so I can’t explain much more than the decisions on the actual blog/content part. But I’m sure Miriam and Federico will gladly help with those doubts!

    The blog is visible when you’re not logged in -- on the homepage -- and at the footer when you are log in. I too believe every user should be able to access it in a more obvious way. Nevertheless we are working on many things and, for now -- and although we have grown a lot -- we are not a huge team as on other social networks. But we’re trying very hard and we take all the info you guys provide into account. That I can say. Thanks again, John.
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #29 John Vaughan
    #20 @Tersa Gezze (continued)
    Glad to hear that there will be changes to beBee's current design - particularly as regards FAQ's, self-servicing, and acceptance.

    There are some standard best practices:

    In my opinion, usability is not actually "a technical decision".

    My role - as a UX professional - is to explore doubt. And provide solutions.

    As noted in the article above: The human dynamics of Change are always an interesting exercise.

    Best of luck
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #28 John Vaughan
    #20 Hi @Teresa Gezze

    My only requests were:
    1) What does allowing someone to be an Administrator for my hive mean to me?
    2) How would I find beBeeBlog through the existing UI?

    If you can provide that info, I'd be appreciative.
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #27 John Vaughan
    #19 No: [ shift ] + [ enter ] - which "works" in Facebook - doesn't work here
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #26 John Vaughan
    #19 BTW: The only way I managed to create paragraphs in my previous comment was by typing my message in Notepad, then cut&paste. Not exactly ... er ... "usable"
    John Vaughan
    28/06/2016 #25 John Vaughan
    #19 Oh, Sweet Jesus. Here's another one, @Federico Álvarez San Martín

    Now your Messaging interface SENDS the message when I hit the [ Enter ] key twice. It's very Facebook-y, but it means that - from the keyboard - I end up sending only one line of my message, when all I really wanted to do was start a new line of text.

    LinkedIn tried to implement this theoretically-helpful-but-actually-stupid technique several months ago. It didn't work. It was broadly despised.

    Check it out.

    and ... Don't emulate your competitor's bad design.
    Teresa Gezze
    28/06/2016 #20 Teresa Gezze
    #14 Hello @John Vaughan

    To answer your request and suggestion.

    beBee blog is more than just the beBee Guide, which means it is a section inside it and that is why it’s not listed. The FAQ’s and the blog (which includes the guides) are two different things.
    The way the beBee Guide is shown on beBee is not actually our call, more of a technical decision regarding Javier.
    The FAQ’s will be on the site, accessible from anywhere on beBee. These listed question will have short answers that link to step-by-step explanations on beBee Guide. Each short answer will have a link to a longer and more specific guide.

    I hope this will satisfy your doubts. And as I said before we’re working hard to create a FAQ list that will include all the links: beBee Guide, Support, Contact and Feedback.

    Thanks for your attention, John.
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    28/06/2016 #19 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #18 Yes, having problems uppercase and lowercase pattern. Ideally, use @ because it has no problems. You can always write to us. Best regards
    John Vaughan
    27/06/2016 #18 John Vaughan
    @Federico Álvarez San Martín>
    The ability to reference someone in a comment is a nice feature, but iffy. beBee sometimes doesn't recognize / link to a name as I type it. Haven't identified a pattern yet, but it's iffy. Typing the @ sign + name seems to work better.
    John Vaughan
    27/06/2016 #17 John Vaughan
    @Teresa Gezze > I would be happy to "suggest any questions that you think are important and should be on that [ FAQ's ] page", but cannot message you through your name link here. Please see details in my message below.
    John Vaughan
    27/06/2016 #16 John Vaughan
    Okay. So I've just identified another glitch (probably why my original message got lost)

    Your comment system doesn't accommodate messages beyond a certain size. I attempted to send the previous 2 messages as one file - and beBee lost it. Fortunately, I saved the message offline and then cut it into 2 parts. Which beBee didn't choke on.

    Obviously, you've got an internal limitation on message size
    BUT you don't tell us about it
    This results in a nasty and unnecessary surprise

    Okay, @Federico Álvarez San Martín, over to you and Alberto Anaya Arcas ...

    Two possible solutions:
    1) increase allowable message size
    2) pop up an error message before destroying my work

    Option #1 = better
    John Vaughan
    27/06/2016 #15 John Vaughan
    John's Lost Message (laboriously and lovingly re-created, for your viewing pleasure) Part 2

    I appreciate getting the email invitation from beBee that someone wants to be an Administrator for my Hive, but What does that mean ... to me? A short contextual explanation would be nice. At the very least a link to the relevant article in FAQ's.

    Pamela & Paul>
    The "silver-plattering of self-service" is one of the essential Best Practices in any interactive environment: If you suggest something, then link to it. I got to beBeeBlog with one click, thanks-for-the-link. Providing a link to Glitch Hitch (Pamela) and Cheat Sheet (Pablo) makes it likelier that I'll actually do it. Just sayin'

    Federico and Alberto>
    Thanks for the connect. I look forward to working with you guys. It will occasionally be awkward (QA always is), but valuable (QA always is).

    net/Net: Yes, the personal responsiveness of beBee is much appreciated, esp. after a few years of LinkedIn. And I believe that it all goes to the soul of "affinity"
  4. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    "Making beBee all it can bee."
    beBee Plus is our playpen for gathering, sharing, and exploring ways to make this a social network special.

    I'll be posting some "leftover suggestions" from experiences w/ networks like LinkedIn and Quora. Plus some new stuff.
    John Vaughan


    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    26/06/2016 #9 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #5 Yipbee - now that's just cute @Jim Cody.
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    26/06/2016 #8 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    #7 Was already. I am a beekeeper. hehehe. I check and talk about it.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    26/06/2016 #6 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Featuring the Usability hive in the next Hive Talk. Sharing this buzz about beBee+
    Jim Cody
    26/06/2016 #5 Jim Cody
    Yipbee! Bee all you can bee!
    John Vaughan
    26/06/2016 #4 John Vaughan
    Solutions to “MY [ whatever technology ] DOESN'T WORK”:

    1. “Is it plugged in?”
    2. “Close application down and re-start it.”
    3. “Turn off device and re-boot it.”
    4. “System Restore”

    Note: The first 2 steps actually solve a high percentage of issues.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/06/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    You have my attention.
    Javier beBee
    04/06/2016 #2 Javier beBee
    Dean Owen
    04/06/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Looking forward to it John!
  5. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    Those Socialismic Swedes
    Those Socialismic SwedesExperience the power … of a book book.awwww … C’mon. This is just fun . I first blogged about the Wondrous Power of IKEA about a year or so ago.  It seems worth a revisit, now that we're reconsidering Scandinavian "socialism with a smile" as a...


    Britney Thompson
    21/06/2016 #1 Britney Thompson
    Mission accomplished! I enjoyed it. Love the light sarcastic tone and had fun. Thank you for the laugh @John Vaughan
  6. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    beBee+ Plus
    beBee+ Plus As long as we're mentioning wanna-have's @Javier Cámara Rica... imho, John Vaughan1) Why are we limited to posting to only 3 hives? This limitation is one of the most frustrating aspects of LinkedIn - and it is the reason I get "moderated". Makes no...
  7. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    The Power of "No"
    The Power of "No"We're deluged with endless Likes . The Default Path in the social media arena drives us inexorably towards blithery Happy-Talk . Don't get me wrong, I enjoy Facebook's lightweight, eclectic, scattershot approach to reality: LOLcats are always ...


    Michael Jones
    15/06/2016 #4 Michael Jones
    @John Vaughan I like feedback if having a dislike button would stop it I don't think I would agree on adding it. I guess, involved in this concept is the education on social media and the context, for example: asking for feedback after liking or disliking the post.
    Christopher Taylor
    15/06/2016 #3 Christopher Taylor
    As a means to quickly convey a feeling that you will probably discuss with people in length later on.. The like and dislike buttons make sense to me..however, I do try to use a more literal means of engaging in conversation.... You know?...like memes!

    Jokes aside @John Vaughan, I really enjoyed this post and I am a firm lover of the 'thumbs' function.
    Kevin Pashuk
    14/06/2016 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    Enjoyed your post @John Vaughan. Sometimes I wish there were buttons for "WTF!" and "Meh." as well.
    Jeffrey Boxer
    14/06/2016 #1 Jeffrey Boxer
    I think this is a good point, and I'd add that there are a wide range of other emotions that are difficult to express with a "like." For example, if someone's family member dies, a like is an incredibly awkward response. Congratulations, anger, sympathy , etc. are all impossible with the current system.
  8. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    Information Pollination
    Information PollinationThis post is extracted pretty much verbatim from an article I published on LinkedIn regarding the "economics" and logistics of sharing information - specifically - sharing among multiple Groups (hives).  Some of it is geeky numbers analysis, but my...


    Javier beBee
    05/06/2016 #1 Javier beBee
    You can access to your hives through "hives" menu = > " my hives " . Thanks a lot for your buzz. It will be very useful !
  9. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    UI on the fly... "invalid image ID"
    UI on the fly... "invalid image ID"As the @youEyeGuy, I can't help but notice - and comment on - things that DON'T work.my Twitter handle: @youEyeGuyHere are some observations from my first attempts at both publishing and managing my first real hive (beBee+):Import-antIf it's good,...
  10. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    Social Networking Roles
    Social Networking RolesIn 2009 thought leader Bell Labs was exploring what I like to call "FaceBook for the Enterprise".my intro to this topic FramingThe Intuitive Collaborative Design Group (ICD) was charged with implementing a social networking and collaboration...
  11. ProducerJohn Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    Why Are We Here?
    Why Are We Here?Framing:  This article is extracted verbatim from LinkedIn, where it was originally published a while back.  Although it refers specifically to LinkedIn structure and format, I believe that several of the observations apply to how we use beBee.my...
  12. John Vaughan

    John Vaughan

    extra clicks + less functionality + indifference
    = the Trifecta of Un-usability
    John Vaughan
    www.linkedin.com Actually, "This is STILL Stupid." A few months ago I had a hissy-fit about LinkedIn's poorly-executed attempt to make its messaging interface more "FaceBook-y" by assuming that - when you hit...
  13. ProducerGary Sharpe

    Gary Sharpe

    The Decline of LinkedIn: Why It Bugged Us.
    The Decline of LinkedIn: Why It Bugged Us.I am currently retrieving a series of articles I wrote over a year ago which explained how I saw the inevitable fall of LinkedIn, archiving them for history here on beBee. These articles, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse, now seem prophetic,...


    Brian McKenzie
    22/04/2016 #4 Brian McKenzie
    I thought i had a long list ! Surprising, my host of rants has no repition of yours. I have religated it to business intelligence platform. I will hunt down contacts and follow them on twitter, quora, medium, their own website and FB, as most LI users are NOT publishing, posting, commenting or engaging on the LI platform.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    22/04/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    I have experienced the comment freeze, Misdirected Link Clicks and the Inbox Message Freeze. I am in LI every day, which it is updated every day. Website glitches are going to happen but when they persist, something should be done to resolve the issues.
    ptharso castro
    22/04/2016 #2 ptharso castro
    I do the same ... i think Linkedin is static and the plataform need to be better for the smartphones.
    Madeline Anderson-Balmer
    22/04/2016 #1 Madeline Anderson-Balmer
    Wow Gary, I haven't had these kinds of problems on Linked In, except for the views piece. Maybe it's because I only go on 2 or 3 times a day to check in and update, post, etc. If I were having these problems you can bet I would definitely STOP using the platform. For myself and the industry I support, I still feel that Linked In is a viable platform to build awareness, influence, and viewership. Linked In is our website's third highest referral source.
  14. Jahanara Hoque

    Jahanara Hoque

    Excited to join this network of like minded bees! Jahanara Hoque


    Javier beBee
    22/04/2016 #3 Javier beBee
    Welcome to beBee !
    Chas Wyatt
    22/04/2016 #2 Chas Wyatt
    I second the welcome. ;-)
    Álvaro Beltrán
    21/04/2016 #1 Álvaro Beltrán
    Welcome! :D
  15. ProducerEkaterina Novoseltseva
    User Research tips and best practices
    User Research tips and best practicesOn the previous article we started important topic – the importance of user research in UX Design and I promised you to write more about it. This time I want to share with you benefits of user research,what are the types & dimensions of user...


    Brian McKenzie
    13/04/2016 #4 Brian McKenzie
    Great insights @Ekaterina Novoseltseva If you have a product I want - but poor UX and customer flow - I will search for another provider and buy the product from them - this happens with after service too. I am not so platform loyal just because you showed up at the top of Google. ( I usually jump to page 6 anyways)
    Javier beBee
    13/04/2016 #2 Javier beBee
    Welcome to beBee !
    Daniela Umpierrez
    13/04/2016 #1 Daniela Umpierrez
    Welcome to beBee @Ekaterina Novoseltseva!