Zooniverse have finished beta-testing my BashTheBug citizen science project. To verify that the task is easy to do and the tutorial and help text understandable, the first version of the project was sent to a number of experienced Zooniverse beta-testers.
Over a period of two weeks, 672 volunteers made 34,791 classifications which is, on average, an astonishing 51 classifications each. The volunteers were emailed at 5pm on Wednesday 22 March and 40% of those classifications (14,157) were made by midnight! In addition around a quarter (176) of volunteers left detailed feedback on how easy the task was to do and how it could be improved. I’m currently making the changes they recommended and plan to launch in the first week of April 2017. Watch this space.