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  • Hey GT Wiki!

    One of our current projects is to look into updating the page header area - that is, the area which currently contains the wordmark, local navigation and contribute button.

    Page header - current

    Page header area highlighted

    We want to make sure the page header area is as useful as it can be - both for the newbie who has never visited your wiki before and for the experienced editors. We're also keen on making the mobile and desktop experience feel a bit more connected.

    We've been spending some time looking into what improvements could be made, and you can read much more about our research and findings on this Community Central forum post.

    A test concept

    As a result of this research, we've come up with a potential concept for how the page header could look:

    Though the layout is somewhat different, it retains much of the existing content - the wordmark, navigation and contribution options.

    We think placing the wordmark top and center will help emphasise your wiki's identity, while the reorganised links should make it easier for a newbie to get to know your wiki. In particular, while the main links are hidden initially, you can quickly browse a wide overview of the wiki's content by clicking 'Read'.

    As an initial test concept, it is not a final design (indeed, work is still ongoing on this concept right now) and it is subject to significant changes. We could end up going in a very different direction, as other concepts are being explored. You can see a live example of the test on Scrubs Wiki.

    We're hoping to test out this concept on your wiki over the holiday break to get feedback on the concept and to obtain data on how it's used. You won't need to make any changes, and it's very simple for us to switch on and off.

    Would you be up for that? We'd love to get in front of people so they can play around with it in a variety of 'live' situations, to help us understand what works and what doesn't.

    Thanks for reading, and feel free to let us know your thoughts!

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    • I prefer to stick with the current header.

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    • DecadeHansen wrote: I prefer to stick with the current header.

      Any reason? We need constructive criticism.

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    • Gp75motorsports wrote:

      DecadeHansen wrote: I prefer to stick with the current header.

      Any reason? We need constructive criticism.

      It's easier to navigate this Wiki with the current header than the newer one.

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    • DecadeHansen wrote:

      Gp75motorsports wrote:

      DecadeHansen wrote: I prefer to stick with the current header.

      Any reason? We need constructive criticism.

      It's easier to navigate this Wiki with the current header than the newer one.

      But again, what parts are weaker than what we currently have, and why? We're looking for detailed thoughts here, not just stuff along the lines of "it's bad."

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    • Gp75motorsports wrote:

      DecadeHansen wrote:

      Gp75motorsports wrote:

      DecadeHansen wrote: I prefer to stick with the current header.

      Any reason? We need constructive criticism.

      It's easier to navigate this Wiki with the current header than the newer one.

      But again, what parts are weaker than what we currently have, and why? We're looking for detailed thoughts here, not just stuff along the lines of "it's bad."

      The Edit this Page button through the Create Box, in case the Pencil button is not available. It's easier and simpler through the Contribute button we have now, just click on the Contribute button then click Add a Page or Add a Photo, instead of going through Create > Add a Page. Newbies will find a hard time getting used to the new header. Also to look for photos, it's easier with the current On The Wiki tab than the Create tab. The current header is more practical and much easier to use for those reasons.

      Also the Read tab, it's a whole lot easier with the current Contents tab. Plus the Search tab, it's easier to just scroll up and see the current search box drop down instead of clicking on the Search button to search for a page.

      Not to mention the current Top Content tab which features Most Visited Pages, Recently Changed Pages, and Featured Users. The new one does not have one, so you can't find a Featured User on this Wiki, let alone find a page with the most changes per day.

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    • DecadeHansen wrote:

      Gp75motorsports wrote:

      DecadeHansen wrote:

      Gp75motorsports wrote:

      DecadeHansen wrote: I prefer to stick with the current header.

      Any reason? We need constructive criticism.

      It's easier to navigate this Wiki with the current header than the newer one.

      But again, what parts are weaker than what we currently have, and why? We're looking for detailed thoughts here, not just stuff along the lines of "it's bad."

      The Edit this Page button through the Create Box, in case the Pencil button is not available. It's easier and simpler through the Contribute button we have now, just click on the Contribute button then click Add a Page or Add a Photo, instead of going through Create > Add a Page. Newbies will find a hard time getting used to the new header. Also to look for photos, it's easier with the current On The Wiki tab than the Create tab. The current header is more practical and much easier to use for those reasons.

      Also the Read tab, it's a whole lot easier with the current Contents tab. Plus the Search tab, it's easier to just scroll up and see the current search box drop down instead of clicking on the Search button to search for a page.

      Not to mention the current Top Content tab which features Most Visited Pages, Recently Changed Pages, and Featured Users. The new one does not have one, so you can't find a Featured User on this Wiki, let alone find a page with the most changes per day.

      That's what we need. Thanks for the input. :)

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    • Sorry that it took me a while to get back to you guys - the test concept is now live here!

      Let us know what you think.

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    • The new header is too complicated. Normally I'd upload photos and add pages using the contribute button, but now, with the create button, everything seems too complex as if you can't contribute with just one press of a button.

      Personally I prefer sticking to the previous header layout. This one feels more like an "outdate" than an "update".

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    • Hi! Later this week we will be retiring this test concept, meaning it will be removed from all wikis where it is currently displayed - afterwards, the page header will return to the standard layout.

      For more info about the test results and our future plans, check out this Community Central forum post.

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