Happier now that the page is (hopefully) more informative and welcoming to new readers & editors, but I am worried that the main links to the content are not prominent enough. Wikipedia starts with the assumption that they have articles on nearly everything, so a reader can just search for their subject, and probably find it. This also means that they can never hope to have all top-level subjects in the front page, so they don’t really try. They do put some key subject areas, but they are relatively small, visually.
We, OTOH, have a more focused range of articles, so I think we need to prominently highlight a few top-level areas. I think the content will end up with a few volumes distinguished by the style of the content: the Reference Guide, the Cookbook, Example Maps,and the Mapping Component DB. We probably need a way to prominently feature and describe these major volumes on the front page.
2020-11-03 I am re-thinking the organization and sections of the site. I want to optimize for what I think people will reach for first. E.g. canvases, cheat-sheets, single-sheet references, then the definitions, then an index of other resources, including tutorial / intro material.
I think my goals are these:
- be the first choice for convenience by people who need a copy of various one-sheet documents
- be a good introduction to new people about what WM is, why they should care, and where to learn more (although I do not expect to be the best tutorial)
- be the most complete reference for details, like definitions of all the forms of inertia, gameplay, etc.
- We need a better answer to the question “What is Wardley Mapping”. We have an OK answer to why it needs an encyclopedia, but it only works for someone who knows the first answer. The opportunity here is to hook someone unfamiliar with mapping into the process, so it should probably focused on outcomes you can generate. Since these outcomes are very interesting in their own, they probably deserve a page of their own, with highlights and a link on the main page. Build that page, encourage the community to add to it, then pull the most compelling to the front page.
Right now, the main page is a big manifesto and list of things we want to do, which is great as new people come to see what is happening here. However, it is terrible as a main page for content, because there are no links to any actual content. As quickly as possible, we need to start morphing this page into something that leads people into the content. The manifesto stuff should probably move to a sub-section, and eventually to a separate page with just a link on the main page.
To Do List for the Main Page
- Create an entry point to the actual content - maybe a list to the list of all pages, recently changed pages, categories page, etc. (note: there is a Recent Changes link on the left navigation)
- Create some content on the page or a link to a separate page that explains the rudiments of how and when to edit / contribute
- Create a structure to include the stuff above, and some relevant front-page worthy content. Maybe a box with a list of recently added / changed pages, or maybe some kind of news feed from an external source. (not a fan of random news, but maybe a feed showing recent tweets / blogs form Wardley or other relevant authors, etc.)