User talk:Teleuteskitty/Draft main layout

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So, as promised, here are some of my ideas for the layout page: I'd be curious to see what it looks like as a non-inverted pyramid, i.e. the "Browse Categories" block moved to the second row. That would leave the two Transcripts blocks on the top row and might look a little more natural. I also think the wording in the "Browse Categories" block could be improved a little, to make it match the style in the bottom two blocks:
Browse Categories – Each episode covers a variety of topics, e.g. Interviews, Guest Rogues. You can browse episodes and segments by category from this page.
-- Av8rmike (talk) 12:41, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

I like using this as the main page. Now that we have the links to the SGU and 5x5 episodes in the sidebar, it doesn't make sense to keep two separate lists of episodes on the main page. And, it doesn't look like anyone else has any better ideas. =/
-- Av8rmike (talk) 13:14, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

I like the look of this, and the icons are amusing! I'd still like to see some version of the current main page for those of us who are doing transcriptions. Right now, I can pop onto the current main page and see immediately which episodes are done, which are in progress, and which need transcribing - and it's easy to add a new episode link in wiki format. A clearer path to this page from a new main page would be good too. Just a thought! (BTW, what program was used to create the category icons?) :)
-- Skepticat (talk) 16:16, 28 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback. My brother did the icons for us in Photoshop. He's a professional games artist, but he did these for tea and chocolate :)
For the episode lists, was thinking we'd move to using the pages linked in the side bar, as they'll be constant links throughout the site. Although we could use templates that feed on to those pages and the bottom of the main page. That way we only update the templates, but can have the lists as stand-alone pages as well as lower down on the main page. Only thing with this is that the sortable table on 5X5 Episodes is very different to the style of the full episode list, and what we have on the main page now. Am I right in thinking that's the issue you're referring to?
--Teleuteskitty (talk) 17:29, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
Not sure. I'm not suggesting keeping the current main page layout on the new main page. The new main page links are fine and the sortable table looks good for users coming to the site just to look for and read transcripts. I think what I'm suggesting is that you turn the current main page layout into a kind of 'Transcribers only' list page (linked to, perhaps, through the 'How to Contribute' page?). Transcribers could go to that secondary page and immediately see what episodes do and don't need to be done, and quickly and easily add new ones. As only completed episodes are found on the sortable page, and there is no 'edit' function available, I'm assuming that adding new episodes to that page is a site administrator function. I figure you can't really sort episodes that don't exist or aren't complete, can you? Hope this makes sense.
BTW - Tea...Earl And chocolate? Always. WD, bro. :) Skepticat (talk) 01:25, 30 July 2012 (UTC)
Ah, I see. There aren't restrictions on editing any pages apart from the 'Special' pages (as far as I know), just click on the edit tab on the top of the page to open the editing box.
5X5 Episodes uses Template:5X5 list entry to add formatted entries to the sortable table. Both pages include an explanation of how to use the template, although it's in the edit box of the 5X5 episode page. I'll add a section in Help:Getting Started on this too. I've now included a parameter that adds the 'in progress' icon, and included the new 5X5 episodes to 5X5 Episodes.
--Teleuteskitty (talk) 15:24, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

I say, let's do it! I think this is great, and should become the front page ASAP! :D --Rwh86 (talk) 14:08, 10 August 2012 (UTC)