[asterisk-dev] Thoughts on the messages dealing with temporary greetings

Eric Caron Eric.Caron at jobdig.com
Fri Jun 22 09:14:08 CDT 2007

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I'd love some feedback on this, to me this seems like a UI-design
hangup, but I'm completely open to being told I'm wrong.

I think Asterisk can do a better job in the handling of temporary
greetings. My userbase (granted only ~60 people) has found the voicemail
system's way of handling temporary greetings to be confusing. Once a
temporary greeting is recorded, users want to delete it when it is not
needed (obviously). The problem is that to get to the option to delete
the temporary greeting (option 2), they have to choose "press 4 to
record a temporary greeting" on the previous menu - not an obvious
choice (similar to the whole "click Start to Shutdown" paradox, but even
less obvious). By improving the menu options for this, I think Asterisk
would reduce the time it takes for a new user to learn the system (and
eliminate sysadmin's time to teach them things like this).

Coming from the Jakob Nielsen school of thought, I can see two possible
1) Change it from "press 4 to record" to "press 4 to manage temporary
2) move "press 2 to erase temporary greeting" to previous menu as option
5, only played if a temporary greeting exists.

Personally, I think option 2 would be the best. I'd love some feedback.
Thanks for your time!

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