My gut feel is that many of you who will read this title, and the article, might be confused as to why this needs to be written. The delightful thing about many UXers is their high level of empathy and general emotional intelligence. It’s what makes us good at what we do. However, the truth of the matter is not everyone running user research thinks, or cares, about best practice.
Many considerations that I’ll discuss below are red lines we intuitively know not to cross, and more than likely, never even considered breaching. However, as more and more professionals pile into the world of product development, with differing skillsets, we’re starting to see more user tests ran by people who don’t know what they’re doing and in the process raise ethical concerns.
Further down in this article I have included an example of gobsmackingly poor ethics within a user test, but before I get there I’ll cover off some of the things we think about as makers of user testing software. (more…)