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== Home page mock-up ==
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== See some great changes ==
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{| border="0" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders" style="width: 100%;"
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| {{Click|Image:New Wiki Users.jpg|New Wiki Users|New Wiki Users|size=143x107px}}<br><font size="-2">[[New Wiki Users|New Wiki Users]]</font>
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| {{Click|Image:New to Genealogy.jpg|How-to Pages for Family History|New to Genealogy|size=143x107px}}<br><font size="-2">[[How-to Pages for Family History|New to Genealogy]]</font>
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| {{Click|Image:Welcoming Committee.jpg|FamilySearch Wiki:Welcoming committee|Welcoming Committee|size=143x107px}}<br><font size="-2">[[FamilySearch Wiki:Welcoming committee|Welcome]]</font>
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| {{Click|Image:Professional Genealogists.jpg|FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Professional Genealogists|Professional Genealogists|size=143x107px}}<br><font size="-2">[[FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject Professional Genealogists|Professionals]]</font>
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| {{Click|Image:Live Community Meetings.jpg|Live User Group Meetings|Live Community Meetings|size=143x107px}}<br><font size="-2">[[Live User Group Meetings|Live Meetings]]</font>
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{| cellpadding="5" border="0" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders" style="width: 100%; text-align: center;"
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| colspan="9" | <font size="+2">A Community that Loves Family History</font>
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<font size="+1">Everyone Knows Something of Value - Share it!</font>
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&nbsp;Hope we can help make it even better. THANKS&nbsp;SO&nbsp;MUCH!  
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| style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(63, 83, 120);" | [[How-to Pages for Family History|<span style="color: white;"><font size="+1"><u>'''How to Genealogy'''</u></font></span>]]
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| style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(63, 83, 120);" | [[Wiki Demonstrations|<span style="color: white;"><font size="+1"><u>'''How to Wiki'''</u></font></span>]]
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| style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(63, 83, 120);" | [[Community Center|<span style="color: white;"><font size="+1"><u>'''Community Center'''</u></font></span>]]
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| style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(63, 83, 120);" | [[Community News|<span style="color: white;"><font size="+1"><u>'''Community News'''</u></font></span>]]
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{| cellpadding="5" border="1" class="wikitable" style="border: 1px solid rgb(170, 170, 170); margin: 1em 1em 1em 0pt; border-collapse: collapse; empty-cells: show;"
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! style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% rgb(167, 193, 242); text-align: center;" | <font size="+1">[[Hidden Treasures]]</font>
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| <!--column1--><center>{{Click|Image:Brandenburger Tor Blaue Stunde.jpg|Germany|Germany|size=155x117px}}<br>[[Germany]]</center>As a result of wars and political realignments, the internal and external boundaries of Germany have changed . . .
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| <!--column2--><center><center>{{Click|Image:Liberty-statue-from-below.jpg|New York Census|New York Census|size=155x117px}}<br>[[New York Census]]</center>Census takers enumerated Manhattan (New York County) twice in 1870 . . .</center>
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*<font size="+1">[[United States|United States]]</font>
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**[[Maryland]]
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**[[American Indian Genealogy|American Indians]]
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*<font size="+1">[[British Isles]]</font>
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**[[Yorkshire Probate Records|Yorkshire Probate]]
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*<font size="+1">Europe</font>
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**[[Germany]]
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**[[Spain]]
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*<font size="+1">[[:Category:Contents|Subjects]]</font>
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**[[A Guide to Research|How to start researching your family]]
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**[[How to Run or Manage a Wiki Project|How to run a project]]
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[[User:HoleDL|Dawne]] 18:16, 4 December 2012 (UTC)  
| <!--column1--><center>{{Click|Image:Pacific island scene.jpg|Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research|size=155x105px}}<br>[[Pacific Island Guide to Family History Research]]</center>Because Pacific Island family history is based largely on an oral tradition . . .
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| <!--column2--><center>{{Click|Image:China.gif|China|China|size=155x105px}}<br>[[China]]</center>To learn how to begin doing Chinese research . . .
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<center>FamilySearch Wiki [[FamilySearch Wiki:Policies|Policies]] &amp; [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guiding Principles|Guiding Principles]]</center>
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=== Info on home page mock-up  ===
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This mock-up does not include background images, header (logo &amp; sign in/out), or footer (about us, contact us, licenses, AddThis widget), or [[#Side_bar_mock-up|side-bar (another section)]].
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I have created this mock-up based upon Kara's mock-up based upon the study group she had. More tweaking is needed . . . this is really more about layout. I know some adjustments are needed with images and some links. It also does not have the suggested changes to the side-bar which includes the navigation.
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[[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 23:10, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
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:How about the "buttons" being the color of the footer (where "About Us", "Contact Us", etc. are) and the "Featured Articles" &amp; "Toolbox" being the color of the header (where the FamilySearch logo and Sign In/Out is). This would allow the "buttons" to still have normal link colors and add some other color to the other boxes? The thing I do not like about the "buttons" is that they do not necessarily look like links. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 00:43, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
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:I have tweaked all of the images. The only thing left here are the "buttons". The number of images on the top has increased from 3 to 5. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 23:00, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
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=== Color Options  ===
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Below are some options that include other possibilities for the "buttons" and the column headings:
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==== Color option 1  ====
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==== Color option 2  ====
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==== Comments on color options  ====
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*Buttons: I personally prefer the ones in Option #1 and #2 as they still look and act like links.
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*Headings: I suppose it is six of one and a half dozen of the other (between #1 &amp; #2). Maybe #2 just slightly more as it stands out.
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=== Comments on home page  ===
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What do you think? [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 23:54, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
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There are several images at the top of the page that at first I thought were just images. Then I moved the mouse over an image and discovered they were actually links that would take me somewhere else in the Wiki. After hovering over each image to read the labels, I couldn't remember what each image was linked to, so I had to hover over the images again to figure out where they would take me. The images in-an-of-themselves don't communicate a specific feature or page in the Wiki. Overall, the whole page design is busy. Lots to look at. Too many choices. --[[User:JensenFA|Fran]] 18:49, 13 March 2010 (UTC)
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:Great comments. Those 5 images do not really need to go anywhere if we do not want to. Just thought I would try that out for fun and get a reaction. I imagine we will get all sorts of responses . . . this makes both ends of the spectrum represented (very clean &amp; easy to follow -to- busy &amp; too many choices). All responses are appreciated. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 02:50, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
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From Jimmy on 08Mar:
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<blockquote>Hey, pretty cool! I sure like it better than the "bland" one we have there now. I like the visuals for the featured articles. And I like the boxes with topics at the right for hidden treasures, etc. It's inviting to read more.</blockquote>
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And Kara from yesterday:
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<blockquote>oh I forgot to give you feedback from the professional (writing for the church for 8 years and big into advertising etc) - he said to:
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#label the pictures with the name of the link they are going to - like New Wiki Users so you have it in writing and can refer to it
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#make the buttons (the four boxes that are links: How to Genealogy, How to Wiki, Community Center, &amp; Community News) - or where you want people to go the darker color. He would reverse the color schemes
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#make the labels of the featured articles and hidden treasure in smaller font and lighter color
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#He liked the community center page better&nbsp;:) . . . had almost no changes for it
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#he said you want the darker color to be on where you want people to go - their eyes will go to the darker colors first
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[[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 17:21, 16 March 2010 (UTC)  
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The photo of the Family History Library on the Main page is badly in need of optimization. A photo that size should be 20kb max, but it weighs in over 650kb, which makes it very slow to load.  
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:#The problem with changing the colors on the "buttons" is that the link color may not be so obvious. I am hoping to be able to do something slightly different soon.
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:[[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 18:49, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
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==== Replace top&nbsp;five photos with photos that serve a function  ====
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The top five photos in the mockup take up a lot of real estate, make the home page too busy, and don't serve any function. Some are old and some are modern, which also leaves me puzzled. I think we should learn from the current home page of [http://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page# WikiHow]. We should get images that depict the top three things people should do on our&nbsp;site and feature these three&nbsp;things&nbsp;like&nbsp;WikiHow features their&nbsp;big ''Learn'', ''Write'', and ''Wiki'' buttons.&nbsp;&nbsp;[[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 03:50, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
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<blockquote>They do serve a function. While they are missing the captions, each of the five phots is a link (thanks to Thomas Lerman's expert wikitext coding). There are two reasons people visit the wik (in my mind): to find out things (read) and to contribute (write). Reading takes in both Beginning Research (I wonder if anyone who is beginning their research will ever visit the wiki before they start?) and searching for pages dealing with their research areas. The "Wiki" button isn't about wiki's but how to contribute, including editing. All lot of this is semantics, but for newbies, we have to speak their language. [[User:Tomhuber|Tom Huber]] 04:51, 19 March 2010 (UTC)</blockquote>
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::Oh, okay, I now see (as I mouse over the photos) that each one leads to a certain wiki page. But as Tom Huber mentions, these images don't have captions saying where they lead. If I had to have the function of these photo/links explained to me, what does that say about their intuitiveness?
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::When one creates a link in a Website, is a photo and some mouseover text enough to create an intuitive user navigation experience? Or should the image/link include a visible text caption so users can tell where it points?
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::Vincent Flanders, an author of Website design books, coined a term to describe any link in a Website that requires the user to mouse over the link before he can decipher where it will lead. Flanders calls this "mystery meat navigation." The term refers us back to our childhood days in the school cafeteria when they'd serve us some kind of processed meat but nobody could tell what kind it was by looking at it. Flanders recommends that every image-based link should have visible text (not just mouseover text) that says where the link will lead. I seem to recall that many other Web designers agree with Flanders.
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::I believe that in this case, adding text to these photographic links may be necessary for another reason. I, for one, just am not smart enough to tell by looking at these pictures where they are going to lead. The photos just don't speak to me as if they were intuitive icons in a piece of software. When I'm in MS Word and I see an icon that looks like a printer, I know that button means "print." But looking at the FSWiki mockup, when I see the picture of the grinning lady with the basket on her head, I can't predict that it'll link to a page for new wiki users. So it seems to me at this moment that the need to add captions to these link/images may be twofold: First, some users like me aren't smart enough to guess where the current photos might lead. Second, Web design gurus say that image links should have captions so that folks like me who aren't smart enough to guess where the images will lead won't have to mouse over each one to find out. [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 21:15, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
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== Side bar mock-up  ==
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On right or on left?
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The following were moved to the bottom of the main page
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*I would LOVE to see a "page" be called an "article". I believe page sounds like a web page and article sounds more user friendly, like a newspaper article. This may something to be done with the main namespace? We do want to be consistent though to avoid confusion. Some indicate that some pages are not articles...like portal pages, tools, charts. I would like to see examples of those besides portals as they are going away. At this point, I personally say that a newspaper may have an "article" of a chart, picture, tools, etc. so why can we not? Not that we have to function just like Wikipedia, but they also call them articles.
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*Browsing is a form of searching. Put Country &amp; Category on same line. Used "Category" instead of "Topic" to be consistent.
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Please add your comments. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 20:03, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
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===== Nice...  =====
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I like what you've done. I've tossed in my comments in various spots below. In regards to the top box: I would rename Help to "Getting Started", since it navigates to the Help Options page. I would not have been as lost if Help had been called Getting Started, when I wanted to create my first page or was looking for all the help categories. [[User:Tomhuber|Tom Huber]] 04:32, 19 March 2010 (UTC)
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Box 5 Personal Tools - Instead of having name, how about "My User Page" ... If every user's page was labeled "My User Page" then I wouldn't know whose page I was viewing. I'm sure that I would recognize my own user page, but determining who was who on other user pages might be difficult. --[[User:JensenFA|Fran]] 18:23, 13 March 2010 (UTC)
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:I am not sure that I understand . . . the items in that box are YOUR personal tools. It ALWAYS goes to YOUR User Page (this text never changes for any given logged on user) and never goes to someone else's user page. You can always tell whose page you are by the title of the page. In other words, the suggestion was made to only change the user name in Personal Tools to "My User Page", not anywhere else. Am I confused (I know I need more sleep)? [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 02:43, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
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<blockquote>I'm not even sure we have the option to change this feature from using the User Name to "My User Page" I think that is part of Mediawiki or the skin. [[User:Tomhuber|Tom Huber]] 04:37, 19 March 2010 (UTC) </blockquote>
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===== Don't move nav bar before NGS  =====
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Moving the nav bar from the right to the left will ruin the layout of a lot of pages that have been adjusted since the last move. We do not have time before NGS&nbsp;to correct&nbsp;this. [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 04:01, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
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I agree that it shouldn't be moved immediately, but to follow Wikipedia's lead, it works better on the left. (The new skin may negate that entirely') [[User:Tomhuber|Tom Huber]] 04:32, 19 March 2010 (UTC)<br>
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===== Search button on left, Exact Match on right  =====
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Since Search is the proper search by default, its button should be on the left. [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 04:04, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
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===== Not all pages are articles  =====
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While the word article is friendlier than page, many, many&nbsp;wiki pages are not articles. [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 04:17, 18 March 2010 (UTC)&nbsp;
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Agreed. Using page in place of article, particular on help pages, is more descriptive of what the user is working on (not to mention section editing or writing). [[User:Tomhuber|Tom Huber]] 04:32, 19 March 2010 (UTC)<br>
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===== Preserve&nbsp;the link to&nbsp;the 3rd most popular wiki page  =====
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The [[Browse by Country|Browse by Country]]&nbsp;page, at 4,800 visits per month, is the third most popular page on the wiki, and it has a tiny bounce rate (11%) and a miniscule exit rate (4%?).&nbsp;Removing its link from the nav bar probably isn't a good idea. [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 04:17, 18 March 2010 (UTC) I can't argue or disagree with the data. [[User:JensenFA|Fran]] 18:41, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
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It would frustrate me if&nbsp;the ''Forums'' link were&nbsp;replaced by a ''Community &amp; Forums''&nbsp;link that pointed to an article. When I need to go to forums, it's usually to report a bug. Take me straight there, not to an article where I have to hunt again for a link to the forums. [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 04:25, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
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I don't use the wiki forums link, but have added a favorite to my browser. If I'm on a computer I haven't used before, I'll access the forums from http://labs.familysearch.org/. [[User:Tomhuber|Tom Huber]] 04:32, 19 March 2010 (UTC)<br>
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I agree with Michael. The Forums link needs to remain a link that takes the user directly to the Forums. [[User:JensenFA|Fran]] 18:22, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
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Browsing isn't searching, which is why I missed the Browse By Country link earlier. Please don't hide it under the Search box. [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 04:29, 18 March 2010 (UTC) Agree [[User:JensenFA|Fran]] 18:23, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
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===== Leave username; not "My User Page"  =====
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Project leaders help users all the time. When doing this, it is useful for the nav bar link that points to&nbsp;the userpage to be a username like&nbsp;[[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] rather than the words [[User:RitcheyMT|My User Page]] because helpers and the folks they help keep switching who is logged in during the help session. It'd be a pain to have to scroll up to the top of the page to see who is logged in and then to scroll back down to the bottom to click the link to the userpage.
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Also, that link becomes an IP&nbsp;address for users who aren't logged in. So if I think I'm logged in and I want to go to my userpage, I glance at the link to click it. If it says my username, I click that knowing I'm logged in and I'll go to the right place. If I'm not logged in I'll see an IP address, which tells me to log in, which is helpful. If instead the link said "My User Page," I'd just click the link (thinking I'm still logged in) and end up on an IP userpage, which would just confuse me.
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A third reason to preserve the link as a username instead of changing it to "My User Page" is the use case of library useage. If I'm contributing to the wiki from a public computer and I walk away, and someone else sits down, I want them to see that the link in question is going to take them to RitcheyMT's page rather than their user page.
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I'm&nbsp;guessing there are other reasons why MediaWiki is designed that way, but these&nbsp;are the three use cases I&nbsp;could imagine.&nbsp;;)&nbsp; [[User:RitcheyMT|RitcheyMT]] 04:36, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
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I think the use of My User Page is just a placeholder. The skins will either display the user's name with a user icon or if th person isn't signed in, they will only see "Sign in" under this heading — at least, that's my experience on these Mediawiki sites. [[User:Tomhuber|Tom Huber]] 04:32, 19 March 2010 (UTC)
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Personal Tools Addition: How about adding a link to Your Current Support Cases up at the top of the page or under Personal Tools. Each time, it takes me about ten minutes of hunting around to try to find where it is. Having to remember that I have to 1) click Help, 2) click Contact Family Search and then 3) View your existing cases to get there is NOT intuitive. It would be much better to have it under Personal Tools - two entries. One for "Submit a problem" and one for Your Current Support Cases. There is no reason to have to do so many clicks to find it. I actually had to call the library in SLC the first time to ask how I could submit a problem with the website. And I never can remember how to get here after that.<br>
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== Alternative layout for the Main Page  ==
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{{User:Cottrells/Sandbox/MainPage}}
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I would like to suggest that the Main Page be reformatted to include a Welcome header with some links to key categories, followed by two main columns divided between ''using'' the wiki on the left and ''contributing'' to the wiki on the right. I feel it is important to emphasise these two main reasons why a person may visit the wiki.
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There is still space in the right hand column where more information could be added, plus more wikilinks could be added to the text already included or the text can be changed. Please feel free to look at or edit the code that produces this layout, using the links provided at the bottom of the proposal. Your comments would also be appreciated. --[[User:Cottrells|Steve]] 18:12, 19 March 2010 (UTC)
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:*I like some of this. My personal preference is that I do not like the color palettes in the templates. These templates also make it more difficult for the less technical people to edit. I realize this is all temporary anyway. To me, it is not much more inviting than the current one. Anyway, my opinions. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 20:56, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
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:*Honestly, I prefer the clean boxes compared to all the images. Some images on the main page are good, but too many images makes it busy and confusing. I'm not concerned about the colors because they can easily be changed. I'm also not worried about the content because that can be changed as well. I'm also not concerned that editing the boxes on the home page might be difficult for the majority of our current editors/authors. The home page typically ends up being protected so that only the few who need to make edits can do so. [[User:JensenFA|Fran]] 18:39, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
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:*Yeah, we have got both opposite responses about the images. Many have felt they are cleaner &amp; more inviting, some thought they are busy &amp; confusing. I realize that the main page does not get edited much nor by very many people. However, I believe in a greater amount of consistency throughout the entire Wiki. Both mock-ups do have some problem with this, but it seems one has more issues than the other. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 20:36, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
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== April 2010 - Main Page proposed layout below the search box  ==
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Today we added sections with additional links to the home page. The plan is also to change the purple box at the top of the screen at some point as well. [[User:WikiSupport/Home Example|See the plans here]]. Let us know what you think! What links would you like to see on the home page? This is not set in stone, it will be a work in progress. -- [[User:VasquezJL|janellv]] {{toolbar|[[User talk:VasquezJL|talk]]|[[Special:Contributions/VasquezJL|contribs]]}} 19:15, 27 November 2012 (UTC)
  
Based on the information shared at the [[Technical Meeting Agenda 6 April 2010|April 6 Wiki Techinical meeting]], the [http://forums.familysearch.org/en/showthread.php?t=2323 ''The Research Wiki is . . .'' thread] and discussion with [[User:CK Whipple|Kara]] I have put together another proposed layout for the main page. --[[User:Cottrells|Steve]] 14:43, 9 April 2010 (UTC)  
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:It's looking great! [[User:Murphynw|Murphynw]] 20:13, 27 November 2012 (UTC)
  
:I like some of the things on the [[Main Page]]. I see some of the changes I suggested have been corrected. To me, the "Browse by Country" text is redundant and not needed when it is followed by the "List All Countries" link. Actually, this link is really redundant &amp; inconsistent with the "Browse by country" link in the Navigation box. I would rather see this consistent. Could we also list the "Browse by topic" as well? The "Featured Articles" layout seem to be our attempt to copy what other Wikis are doing. Are all of the good ideas already taken? Do we not have any other creativity? To me, just listing the article title is not as inviting to read the article. It would seem that a teaser may be more inviting. To me, the page is in general not terribly inviting. Yes, I realize that it may be all temporary though. [[User:Thomas Lerman|Thomas_Lerman]] 17:50, 16 April 2010 (UTC)
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The Main Page is so nicely done!&nbsp; I did find that under Beginning Genealogy, Select Computer Software is a sandbox page, and there is no specific help for Mac users.&nbsp; Thanks so much for your hard work.

Revision as of 04:04, 21 January 2013

See some great changes

 Hope we can help make it even better. THANKS SO MUCH!

Dawne 18:16, 4 December 2012 (UTC)


The photo of the Family History Library on the Main page is badly in need of optimization. A photo that size should be 20kb max, but it weighs in over 650kb, which makes it very slow to load.

/mark 21:04, 20 January 2013

Changes to the Main Page

Today we added sections with additional links to the home page. The plan is also to change the purple box at the top of the screen at some point as well. See the plans here. Let us know what you think! What links would you like to see on the home page? This is not set in stone, it will be a work in progress. -- janellv (talk| contribs) 19:15, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

It's looking great! Murphynw 20:13, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

The Main Page is so nicely done!  I did find that under Beginning Genealogy, Select Computer Software is a sandbox page, and there is no specific help for Mac users.  Thanks so much for your hard work.