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(kudra: break automatically, or (better) no posts on front page) RE: Frontpage/UI Improvements?

by kudra (Vicar)
on Jul 28, 2000 at 11:38 UTC ( #24810=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Frontpage/UI Improvements?

If samples of each section remain on the first page, I think that in most cases, breaking automagically at the first <p> or the first <code> would work (for the long-winded, a maximum character limit might be needed). If someone can't describe what's going on in the first paragraph (with supporting evidence and examples to follow), what hope is there that the rest of the message will get to the point?

This applies more to questions and discussions than replies, of course, because a reply must first address what was said before getting--in the case of this post, in paragraph three--to the substance.

Examples of each section are wasted on the front page because it:

  1. creates the expectation in new users that that is the appropriate place to look for their posted question, and
  2. is not used to the extent that Newest Nodes is by regular users (see the source of unsubstantiated evidence). Does any frequent user actually look at the front page for anything other than quest announcements?

Given that the people most likely to view the front page are new users, it seems an ideal place to shove site how-to information. An example, freely stolen from Where should I post X?:

Seekers of Perl Wisdom
When you need an answer to an actual real life problem fast you're probably going to want to post your question here.

Categorized Questions and Answers
These are more general questions. If you post a question to Seekers of Perl Wisdom but think other people might benefit from the knowledge you might want to rephrase it in more general terms for this section. This is also a good place to look for answers before you post to Seekers of Perl Wisdom

And so on.


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RE: (kudra: break automatically, or (better) no posts on front page) RE: Frontpage/UI Improvements?
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Jul 29, 2000 at 01:14 UTC
    If that's done, the titles of the last few approved posts could be listed with the number of top-level replies. That would solve a couple of issues.

    First, it does as kudra implies, and immediately imparts good usage information into the minds of new users.

    Second, it guarantees the page size for The Monastery Gates will be kept low -- both in file size and in scrolling size.

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