+David W. Boles
if so, i'm glad you find that there is nothing to fix. I have joined the hangouts from multiple Deafies hangouts and i'm learning that there's actually more to fix than i thought. i'll let actual Deaf users speak for themselves. below are a few threads. again, if hangouts serve you just fine, i'm thrilled. for those below, i'll continue to iterate.https://plus.google.com/u/0/112255326111103641923/posts/aKbJjREheoHhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/111837579609356139845/posts/YuTd6yGaYUuhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/106926951249090500547/posts/iCzK7FHsXAN
for those interested so far a few lessons we've learned:
1) although you can "grab the mic" by doing the "woo" or other noise, since you aren't continually speaking, the mic is lost extremely quickly by any amount of background noise from someone else, or typing in the chat field (see #6). the main screen flickers back and forth like crazy. the experience is better if everyone mutes. but then you can't grab the mic.
2) in a group of >5, it's more common to have multiple signing conversations simultaneously between multiple people. it looks like people are squinting at the thumbnails in these Deaf hangouts more than the main screen... which is unlike vocal conversations.
3) because of #2, peoples eyes are much further away from the camera than in vocal conversations, so everyone looks like they're looking away.
4) you don't know when you have the floor. there's no visual cue. so it's more common to have 2 people try to sign at the same time and not realize they're signing over each other
5) in hearing conversations, we prioritize audio at the sacrifice of video when necessary. in these hangouts, we need to prioritize framerate.
6) using the chat window is often more prevalent than hearing conversations. but that takes eyes away from the signing. so people miss what's said. really not sure what to do about this.
there's more, but these are some of my biggest ones. for all who have dogfooded, and sent feedback, thank you. if i've misunderstood some of the feedback i've heard so far, please correct me.
as you likely know, i cannot comment on future plans. our top priority right now is making sure the service scales as we grow the overall user base. but we will mesh these into our overall priorities and see what we can do...