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From sebb <seb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Website update ideas
Date Fri, 18 May 2012 01:25:29 GMT
On 18 May 2012 02:02, Shane Curcuru <asf@shanecurcuru.org> wrote:
> I've been mulling over a better style for the community.a.o website. While
> it's simple and to the point, it feels like the style could be more
> welcoming, and have a few more signposts to specific topics on the homepage.

I was not aware (or perhaps had forgotten) that the site even existed.
Perhaps the site needs more promotion / links on the main ASF site?

How many visitors does the site get compared with www.a.o, and where
do they get referred from?

>  It always feels easier to click through to something when perhaps the
> Newcomers para on the homepage actually has a few welcoming examples of -
> downloading software, getting the source, finding your way around, etc.
> instead of just a "newcomers page".
>
> Is there anyone tied to the style or layout here that I might offend? 8-)
>
> - Broader and more explanatory/welcoming intro section
>
> - Each of newcomer/contributor/committer sections has brief description,
> then a handful of specifically named links to the sub-page (anchors about
> tech/community/other info, etc.)
>
> - Beef up History section to include public records (all board reports, the
> original resolution), plus links to the /foundation/governance and the
> /history pages on the a.o site
>
> - Better and more frequent mention of this mailing list and other mailing
> lists.  We need to make it really easy to draw people into the appropriate
> list(s) so they can start the conversation.
>
> - Shane, hoping to improve here soon
>
> Stretch goal is adding simple table, with direct links to key how-it-works,
> etc. pages for top concepts people might search for: Get the code, Download
> software, Report bugs, etc. - probably with columns for "geeks" and
> "newcomers" (the geek ones go directly to svn.a.o or similar; the newcomer
> versions go to explanatory pages under /dev, etc.)
>
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