Main page project

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This is a brainstorming page to collect ideas for a new Main Page on Wikiversity. Feel free to put your ideas on this page!

  • Page should be easy to navigate
  • Page should be attractive
  • Page should reflect the unique goals and culture on Wikiversity
  • Page should emphasize help for those new visitors who need the most help learning how to participate
  • There should be a clear route for people to continue on to whatever interests them most in Wikiversity (eg. finding learning resources, creating learning resources, developing shared learning activities, understanding more about Wikiversity, developing policies, etc.) Cormaggio talk 15:39, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
    • I think the Browse feature is particularly helpful for this, but many users may not realize how important the Browse feature is for finding things. The Jade Knight 07:07, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
      • Yes, but I think it's more complex than finding content (which is what "Browse" is for), but also about ways in which to participate, or how Wikiversity works, etc... Cormaggio talk 12:07, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
        • I think that generally, the links on the left are not prominent enough. Maybe we should consider making them bigger? --HappyCamper 17:59, 19 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Page should have links to friendly help pages
  • Page should explain how Wikiversity relates to other Wikimedia projects
  • ...

Content ideas[edit]

List out useful items to put on the main page

  • Introduction to Wiki-ing
  • Explanation of what Wikiversity is...something short and simple, with links to a page with more thorough explanations...

Layout ideas[edit]

  • Put things in 2 panels - reads easier because columns widths are shorter
  • Go with the rule of thumb "simple is best" - aim for a simple simple page for now, and make it more sophisticated later.

Other ideas[edit]

  • Change the (+) on talk pages to something like "add a discussion thread" so newcomers don't have as high a learning curve to participate in discussions.

See also[edit]