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Thanks for posting this article, it's really helpful. Unmoderated usability tests seem like a particularly great way for testing sprawling web sites with lots of content, because you can split it up into lots of "hunting" tasks and just give a few to each participant. Amazon Mechanical Turk would seem like a cheap and quick way of recruiting people and managing payment. Put the two together and it looks like a fast (and cheap!) way of at least highlighting the problem areas so that you can probe them in more detail in a moderated user test.
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