KDE Network Manager: Understanding the mental model

We ask you to participate in a card-sorting study about the details of KDE Network Manager. With this study we want to better understand how to structure the available details.


In our quest for optimizing the UI of the KDE Network Manager, we now want to take the next level. As the general UI layout has more or less settled, we still struggle with the amount of details that are available for the different types of connections . While we already got a good idea about the importance of various information available through our last study, we now would like to learn about the mental model of these details. The mental model refers to the relationship these information have to each other.

With this post, we ask you to participate in the study we have prepared to understand the mental models of details of different connection types.


One common method to analyze a mental model is card sorting. Participants sort ‘cards’ (in the past, index cards were used which is the reason for the method’s name) labeled with the function name into self- (or sometimes pre-) defined groups. The clue of the method is the statistical analysis: hierarchical clustering reveals common groups, similar names, and presents the result as a dendrogram.


Relevant information depends on the connection type. Thus we prepared three studies for the three major connection types: Wired, Wireless, and Mobile Broadband. Please participate in all studies dealing with connection types you regularly use.

Your task is to create as many groups as necessary, to label the groups reasonably (in English please), and to file all items that belong to the groups.

If you regularly use mobile broadband connections:

If you regularly use wireless connections:

If you regularly use wired connections:

Thank you for participating and making KDE even more awesome!

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