Feedback on a New Forensics Website
Patrick, it's the Vogue thing to do.
I'm more interested in why people who have never worked in the field of computer forensics would be in a position to teach others about the field they have no practical experience with.
It' s funny because it's true.
This incidentally is why I refuse to get a post-grad anything in CF - because it's almost impossible to find a professor in this field who has more experience than me and many of my friends in this field.
I have a fundamental problem helping universities, or university student in their thesis or project.
But . . .
First, I have yet to see a non-profit university. Sure, sure - legally in the eye of the taxmen they do not make profit. Of course not, because they plow it back into building, crazy researches but mostly exorbitant compensation for ivory tower, senile, 90 year olds.
Second, I am exhausted of providing brain dump of decades of my hard labor yet see little giving back to the community. You can look back on all the students who came here, received slightly sardonic, yet very good direction, information and reference. How many of the came back and wrote - "thanks, I got my grade, and here is the final paper to share back to the community"?
Finally, I see little originality in the web site design or content. Of course, it has all the appropriate pages, required buttons, links to social media, pretty sliding menus, and so on… Run at least a spell check - you are embarrassing our forensics community. Stop with the consultant/marketing blabber. It turns off most forensic scientists, in my experience.
Just my first impression on the site, have a close look at the language being used (the grammar is not the best either).
Try and avoid phrases like "use the evidence against the suspect", police or investigators are not meant to "use evidence" against anyone, the idea of any investigation is to expose the truth or facts of an "alleged" crime or incident.
I'm not going to tell you how I would word things like that as we all have different ways of writing, but the language overall seems to come across a bit aggressive and makes me think of what you might see on a personal injuries lawyers website, you know ambulance chaser types.
I could care less about the looks and how pretty a website is, the main thing I look at on a site that will be heavy on written content is font and the colours used. My only thought there is maybe a slightly off white background, heading towards sepia as this is a little easier on the eyes than white background. Might seem like a minor point but for those of us who are getting on a bit the background can make the difference between a short visit or hanging around a bit longer to read more content.
Perhaps this is a little away from the point; but is a WordPress site enough to get you credits?
I finished uni a couple of years ago, and I had to write everything from scratch (we weren't even allowed to use JQuery in our Web-Dev modules).
That aside, I like the idea, but might it be more practical, given that you yourselves are students, to gear it towards other students? Perhaps those just entering CF?
Other than that, I think everything else I could contribute has already been said above.
Apologies that it has taken me so long to reply, we were busy putting the finishing touches to the website before it got graded which has now happened.
I'd like to thank everyone for their feedback with regards to the website, things like spelling errors and grammar we completely overlooked in favor of getting all the content on there in time. However I did have a look over the website for grammar errors and used a spell checker so in theory they should all be fixed now.
We have now been graded on the website and we did in fact receive a good grade that we are all happy with, so thank you guys again for the role that you did play in that with your feedback )
As far as the continuation of the website goes, it will continue to stay live, however further development on it will likely not take place just yet due to other assignment deadlines rapidly approaching for us all. We do have plans to continue development on it and keep it running so feedback that you have given us will not go to waste, updates will likely be done as we gain more experience ourselves (we are mostly all on an industrial student placement next year and hopefully we will gain more experience due to this).
I will continue to look at this thread and note down any further feedback should there be any more.
Many thanks again!
The First For Forensics Team
However I did have a look over the website for grammar errors and used a spell checker so in theory they should all be fixed now.
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y have possibly gone on to kill 10’s if not 100’s of other innocent people and with the police and attorney’s in agreement, it was decided there was enough evidence to suggest Dennis was guilty of serial killing and was sentenced behind bars indefinitely.
No spell checker will find that, BUT it was already pointed to your attention specifically.
And still the whole sentence makes little sense, besides the already mentioned lapalissade, as (to me at least) it seems that the guy was sentenced by "the police and attorney's in agreement" 😯 .
If you want another one, just a few lines below
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this by gaining their personal information such as her address and even her own name.