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Re: homepage design

From: Janet Swisher <jswisher@mozilla.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:34:34 -0600
Message-ID: <52CB2F7A.6090305@mozilla.com>
To: public-webplatform@w3.org
Hi Jen!

Thanks for thinking about this and taking the time to write up your 
thoughts. There was a conversation on the list about this topic last 
May, and then I think I failed to follow through by filing the 
corresponding bugs. I'm glad to see the topic taken up again.

Here's a link to that previous discussion:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webplatform/2013May/0108.html

I believe that for the time being, the most important purpose of the 
home page is to draw volunteers into participating in the content 
community. The home page should also not get in the way of people who 
are looking for content. The long-term goal for the site is for the 
audience of readers to outpace the audience of editors, but readers are 
secondary to editors until the content is much more developed. We can 
always redesign the home page again when reading becomes the dominant 
activity.

Here's where I got some of the ideas about showing community activity on 
the landing page:
http://www.feverbee.com/2010/09/creating-the-perfect-landing-page-for-your-online-community.html

That article is oriented towards online discussion communities, rather 
than a community of action like WPD. But I think the same principles 
apply: potential members want to see that the community is active and 
therefore worth their time.

On 1/6/14 1:15 PM, Jen Simmons wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> I hope your holiday break was a good one.
>
> I started thinking about a new homepage design for WebPlatform.org. I 
> thought I'd start by opening a discussion about who will be landing on 
> the homepage and what it is they want to do.
>
> I'm attaching a pdf describing what I'm thinking so far. I'd love to 
> hear more suggestions about users, use cases, and the content that's 
> needed to address those use cases. I started an ether pad where 
> everyone can add more ideas & suggest priorities. 
> https://etherpad.mozilla.org/duBxaKiUXE I like editing on a shared 
> document more than sending around lots of pdfs, but feel free to 
> respond with ideas in email as well, of course.
>
> So what do you think?
>
> Jen
>

Cheers,
-- 
Janet Swisher <mailto:jREMOVEswisher@mozilla.com>
Mozilla Developer Network <https://developer.mozilla.org>
Developer Engagement Community Organizer
Received on Monday, 6 January 2014 22:35:10 UTC

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