RE: What the heck is an "Internet tester"?

Subject: RE: What the heck is an "Internet tester"?
From: Kat Nagel <kat_nagel -at- rte -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 07:34:50 -0400

I've been doing a bit of that, lately. From my experience, it can be either
fascinating or deadly dull, depending on how the test plan is designed.

Basically, it involves testing every feature of a web site. Usually, it is
highly programmed, with every click being planned in advance with the
expected outcome defined in gory detail. The tester just pages through a
script, or monitors an automated testing program that records clicks and
response times. Dull, dull, dull.

The free-form tests are much more fun. I've been set loose in an e-learning
portal and told to poke around pretending to be a customer. I've taken
courses for free, commented on content and usability, and generally made a
nuisance of myself by trying every option in logical and illogical order,
just to see what would happen. Then, I write it up with suggestions for
fixing the problems I find.

K@ Kat Nagel kat_nagel -at- rte -dot- com
"Most technical writers make their living describing
the smile on the face of a black cat in a dark room
in a house that might be built next week."
~anonymous techwriter at lunch, STC/Seattle 1996

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Shea (USF) [mailto:pshea2 -at- luna -dot- cas -dot- usf -dot- edu]
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 1:04 PM
Subject: What the heck is an "Internet tester"?

A friend of mine who has done freelance tech writing has been approached
by an e-learning company with an offer to become an "Internet tester".

While my friend has agreed to meet with the HR people at this company, he
is genuinely puzzled as to what the job entails. I haven't a clue
myself--nor have any of the IS people I know.

Anyone heard this title before?


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