[Foundation-l] CentralNotice use
Federico Leva (Nemo)
nemowiki at gmail.com
Thu May 19 09:36:04 UTC 2011
church.of.emacs.ml, 19/05/2011 10:52:
> There are several ways of minimizing negative effects:
> 1. Display it for logged-in users only. This is especially useful for
> information concerning active Wikimedians, e.g. Wikimania, POTY, etc.
> 2. Reduce weight - don't display a banner on every page view, but only
> on one in ten. (We have to use blank banners to do that, right?)
> 3. Reduce duration. (e.g. Don't display banners for a month, only a week)
> 4. Reduce banner size and intrusiveness. Use text banners instead of
> colorful images.
The first thing to do is 4): standard templates like  and  are ok,
while the recent "march/may updates" and POTY  seem unnecessarily big.
1) is the easiest and most obvious; such banners could also be
restricted only to users with at least 100/200/whatever number of edits,
but e.g. I wouldn't know how to do so; some documentation would be useful.
3) is not necessary in itself, but it is so if there are many banners:
CentralNotice shouldn't be in permanent use, so if there are many
requests there should be some scheduling.
It should also be considered that the CentralNotice kills local
community sitenotices, although they are usually more important and
interesting for local users. Local communities should be able to use the
sitenotice at least for some periods of the year.
Finally, I wonder how useful are big banners such as the "May update". I
like it (although I had to hide it a dozen times a day on several
wikis), but I didn't see any effect. Reading the letter is not so useful
in itself; it's useful if there's some discussion. There was a long
discussion on it.wiki when the board resolution was posted on the
village pump, but nothing after the CentralNotice. A local, very small
sitenotice with a link to a local discussion is probably much more
effective; perhaps it would be nice to offer communities to disable the
CentralNotice if they implement a local sitenotice or other solution.
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