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Re^2: Never! Too much Front Paging

by tachyon (Chancellor)
on Sep 24, 2004 at 15:29 UTC ( #393552=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Never! Too much Front Paging
in thread Too much Front Paging

So accepting all that the question is then how do you highlight anything on the site? Also if the majority of users only use the Front Page then how about updating it to a heading/summary/readmore format. It was 20+ sceenfuls a few minutes ago. Other webstats show that most users never scoll much past 2 screenfuls, so there is about 90% of the FP that will not see many eyes.

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Re^3: Never! Too much Front Paging
by tye (Sage) on Sep 24, 2004 at 16:43 UTC

    Yes, we don't have any great way to showcase nodes.

    We have Best Nodes and Selected Best Nodes and we have people trying to use Tutorials as a showcase for great nodes and lots of people showcase nodes on their home nodes.

    I particularly like having people showcase nodes on their home nodes. And this is because trying to have a consensus on which nodes to showcase sucks. If we had "cool" points, then each person could pick which nodes to showcase by putting them on their "cool" list (which boils down to showcasing them on your homenode but with more restrictions but also with the ability to find nodes that lots of people wanted to showcase).

    I'm sure someone from pmdev will get right on implementing "cool" points. But, in the mean time, you'll have to make due without that feature.

    "In the beginning", the front page was documented as a place to showcase our best nodes. A few years back I realized that this was not how the front page was actually being used -- by the people who most use (that is, view) the front page.

    So someone implement some other node showcase(s). But please don't try to treat the front page as one because that makes the main point of access to the site stale. Stale web sites suck. It also makes the front page unrepresentative of the site. If we don't ever show the yucky question on the front page, then a lot of newbies aren't going to have ever seen a yucky question nor how to fix it nor how good answers don't usual show up if they don't fix it.

    - tye        

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