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Home page for wiki launch

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  • How do you all like the current home page? How is it as far as onboarding new visitors?
    Ed Price, Technical Writer, Blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/User_Ed), Twitter (http://twitter.com/UserEd_)
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 6:08 PM
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  • I'm not a designer myself and find it difficult to visualize the descriptions. Would someone care to create a Balsamiq or Sketchflow mockup?!

    As far as current home page is concerned, not a big fan:

    • Picture does not look good, IMHO, would be better off with a tidy list with icons.
    • Recent Wiki Activity - arguable is of little use to a newcomer and regular visitors/authors would rarely start on the home page
    • Feedback & help should be somewhere next to Getting Started
    • Featured articles block is good
    • Can someone come up with a decent TechNet Wiki logo?
    • Perhaps, Most Popular articles (by views)? Most Active (by a number of changes, count of unique contributors)?
    • Would love to see my most recently visited pages (under my activity?)

    My $0.02 + GST

    Cheers


    George Doubinski, MVP http://crm.georged.id.au
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:50 AM
  • George,

     

    I think all those suggestions were already taken into consideration on the current design, so you can ignore the thread Larry linked to.

     

    By "Picture" do you mean the Content Portal section? You'd rather a column list of icons than a circular list like what we have?

     

    For anybody who's reading, we're talking about the Home Page design here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/

     

    Recent Wiki Activity & Top Contributors... This is pretty standard on many sites (not Wiki feeds, but general activity). Agreed that people probably won't drop here first, but I think it's a "put your best foot forward" kind of thing (marketing and corporate politics) where you can see that there is activity and who is being active. It also helps push people to participate in the community more and helps connect it all together in a hub. Also, you never know. Typically front page content gets a ton of views, so it might be helpful. Those are the arguments for it.

     

    Feedback and Help... Interesting. Yes, those are terms that people would look for and we're missing. The reality is that Help is in "Get to Know the Wiki" in "Getting Started" and Feedback is in the forum link on the right. There's also a "Feedback" form link on the Article Spotlight page, and I agree that it's way too buried. 

     

    Logo... You don't like the Wiki Wiki Wiki logo? =^)  Seriously, you have a good point.

     

    Most Popular/Active/Recently Visited... All good thoughts. Low on my pri list since these are features (and compete with bug fixes and usability features), but these are good and should be added to the Feature Ideas thread. Do you want to add them there or shall I?

     

    Speaking of bug fixes, this is an advertisement to add bugs here:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/wiki-known-issues.aspx

     

    Thanks George! That's a quality assessment and a good way to get the ball rolling (again)!


    Ed Price, Technical Writer (Blog, Twitter)
    Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:55 PM
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