I was watching the video with the new voice-over for MtGox's checkout solution and a question popped into my mind: How accessible is this information? In order words, how hard is it for merchants potentially interested in using Bitcoin to learn about the various options they have?
So I first looked at weusecoins.com where I found it lists: https://bit-pay.com/
which is good and https://bitspend.eu/ https://walletbit.com/ http://www.bitwillet.com/
which I have no idea about who or what these are and..
..there's also a link to http://btcinch.com/
which goes to a hosting default page and it also links to a wiki page but actually just links back to the merchant page on weusecoins.com.I think this is a problem!
Next I looked at the official bitcoin.org and the Bitcoin wiki page and there it's even worse. Although the frontpage bitcoin.org has a link to the "Merchant Howto" wiki page, the main wiki page has no link that would lead directly to merchant solutions. Also once you do go into "Businesses (Trade)" it's only at the very bottom of the page of all the businesses accepting Bitcoin under "See Also" where one can find the link to "ECommerce" https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Category:ECommerce
and it's only on this page where there's a "Merchant Howto" link to here https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Merchant_HowtoI believe this is also a problem.
If I'm a merchant and I already have some sort of an online solution incorporated into my business I would probably get really frustrated and disheartened really fast if not only I needed to do a lot of reading on Bitcoin but also had trouble getting easily accessible and easy to learn how to use information about merchant solutions.
So I would like to suggest:
weusecoins.com please look into updating the "Bitcoin for Merchants" page and whoever is in charge of the wiki page please add a link to merchant solutions on the main wiki page and also update the information on the relevant sub pages.
At the very least I'd like to start a discussion about this topic of information availability with regards to merchant solutions in the hopes to find ideas of how to make it as easily accessible and as easy to learn how to use as possible so potential adopter don't get discouraged unnecessarily.