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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 & more inviting, some thought they are busy & 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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{{User:Cottrells/MainPage}}
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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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: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 & 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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