Thunderbirds Are Go

Well folks, after the last few weeks of promising an update the day is finally upon us. Today sees a pretty significant update to Five Second Test both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. While there is a great deal of new stuff going on under the hood (almost a month's worth of full-time work) I'll go over some of the more exciting features that will benefit our users. First and foremost, the site has undergone as significant visual overhaul. What started out as a redesign of the manage page to make it more useful turned into a site wide redesign. We have tried really hard to try and make creating and doing tests more intuitive and effortless than before. Most noticeably the test manage page now offers a great deal more in terms of actually managing tests, offering the ability to share your test links, delete tests and even toggling whether it's public or private after you have created it. The biggest new addition is the introduction of premium test upgrades. Test creators are now able to upgrade a test with purchasable tokens to increase the rate and quantity of responses from random testers. We know give a sumary of site wide test stats for the week right on the manage page. This allows people to see at a glance how many responses they can expect to get based on site activity and how quickly they will be getting them. We wanted to ensure that while creating and running tests always remains free, people who are willing to support us get that something extra. Additionally the test results page now has an extra little bonus. When a registered Five Second Test member helps you out by doing your test, you will be able to return the favour and do one of their tests by clicking on their name. This is the first step towards what we're calling our karma system where users will be able to reward each other when they do each other's tests. Be sure to watch this space as there is still more to come. So far I've only mentioned a few of the new and exciting additions to the site but I don't want to spoil the fun by going over every detail. Instead we encourage you to explore and rediscover the site on your own. As always we appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing what you have to say. Happy testing!
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Please add a feature to limit tests to languages the subject understands.
That would be great. The hard part would be finding out what languages the user speaks without cluttering the interface. But the payoff would be very good.

While love (love, love) these tests, they do suffer from the fact that almost everybody taking them is a web-designer - that's why they're here, after all - and so they think like designers and not like members of the target audience of whatever site is being tested.

The language thing really compounds that problem: Clearly somebody who doesn't speak the language of the site in a test isn't a member of that site's target audience.

By including people in a test that don't speak the intended language and wouldn't even be in the target audience if they did, you may get some pretty skewed results.