joined:May 26, 2010
If you read what wrgvt was saying, he was implying that "the user experience" is an event that occurs. Whereas, I clarified that User Experience is a subclass of Human Factors science, not a feeling or event that happens to you...though many would say it's a subjective feeling.
Usability is also commonly referred to as a simple state of being, rather than the psychological study of human interaction with information systems/hardware/tools/etc.
I am currently an interaction designer on a UX team. We employ HFI methodologies in order to arrive at a logical and usable interface. When dealing with information systems, it's inevitable that we will be confronted with 'technology' (IT - information technology). And, this is precisely what WebmasterWorld is...an information system.
I'm not fond of using technology just because it's available, especially when it adds nothing to the user experience. Often, it detracts from the user experience.
Herein lies the problem: If ux is just a subjective feeling, then it's just his opinion if technology adds to or detracts from the user's perception. But, if UX, being a legitimate user-centered design philosophy, then the decisions to incorporate specific technologies into a system aren't willy-nilly...or just for the sake of using technology because it's available. Those "webmasters" who decide to play with technologies without any design rationale are certainly doing harm to their interface.
When UX methodologies are correctly employed, the addition of a particular technology is both a positive enhancement and completely justifiable.
Perhaps you're right...I may not have seen that we are saying the same thing. The wording was such that it seemed like UX was simply a feeling people get when they experience a system.
Ha! Wikipedia is a cesspool of non-expert Internet addicts rewriting authoritative content found elsewhere on the web. Wikipedia is convenient but it's not authoritative. ;)
Oh the irony!
User-generated content is what it is...if you hate Wikipedia, you have to turn your hatred upon WebmasterWorld as well for being the same breed of animal.