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Re: Re: Still unconvinced, sorry

by $code or die (Deacon)
on Aug 12, 2001 at 23:17 UTC ( #104294=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Still unconvinced, sorry
in thread New sections and move one

Other examples I've needed are commatize a number, right/left pad string or number, etc., etc..

Most of these things exist in the Q&A Section. For these sorts of things, I don't think that we need a new section - they either fall under the category of snippet or Q&A.

I think that simply reorganising the top menu bar would help new users more than adding even more categories. There has been a lot of talk over the past few months about guides for new users, new user ettiquette etc, but the main problem with all of that was education - new users need to know where to find info. We don't need to create extra things for this, but perhaps just oganise things a little differently.

Most users have grown accustomed to where to look for things, where to post things, how not to behave etc... but only through experience. I suggest something like the following (structure-wise, I know the design sucks...):

  Site tools Getting help (serious)? Stuff Peer review Fun  
Monastery Gates Super Search Q & A PerlMonks Discussion Snippets CUFP Newest Nodes
My Homenode Help Tutorials Meditations Code Obfu  
Log out Library Seekers of Perl Wisdom Perl News Reviews Poetry Offering Plate

It should only require a change to a couple of html templates. Importantly, it places less of an emphasis on SOPW, showing that there may be answers already to the question. Also, it should reduce the number of "I need help with foo" posts to discussions and meditations.

Update: Ok, since this is some-way down the discussion, the indentation makes it look really stupid. But remember I'm talking about layout rather than design. If anyone else thinks this might be useful, we could perhaps start a new discussion and thrash out a design we all like. I don't know what vroom's schedule is like these days, but it should only be a 5 minute copy-and-paste - from my limited familiarity of Everything

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