User talk:Pointone/Main Page
Format and introduction
Speaking strictly about the format, I like it over the current incarnation--maybe as far as calling it perfect in this area. My main reason being that it doesn't need links on the headers, which is a big improvement over the unnecessary and inconsistent linking we have now. I also appreciate how it's generally more spaced out, clearer and easier to digest.
Now, about the actual content: I can't say that I'm enjoying the introductory section.
- "Arch Linux is an independently-developed i686/x86-64 community distribution based on a rolling-release model and targeted at competent GNU/Linux users which offers large binary repositories and excellent package management as well as a ports-like packaging system. Development focuses on a balance of minimalism, elegance, code correctness and modernity. Version 0.1 (Homer) was released March 11, 2002."
A few run-on mistakes aside, I think you should avoid repeating words, even more so if these duplicates occur on the same sentence. Consider changing it to ports-like building system for a little variation.
And while I agree that it's important to have an explanation of what Arch is on the wiki front page, I think that the current justification for skipping an Arch excerpt is that the actual main site already accomplishes this. Nevertheless, this calls for a change. pwd 04:28, 19 December 2009 (EST)
- I completely agree regarding the intro; I stole the introduction from Arch Linux as more of a placeholder... couldn't really think of anything else to say there at the time. It now reads "Welcome to the ArchWiki; the finest source of Arch Linux documentation on the web." I would like to keep any intro here short and succinct. Please feel free to suggest anything different.
- I've made a few other minor touch-ups. I was hoping for input regarding the "Help" section, where I've suggested using Google's "site" search feature. MediaWiki search can be annoying, I find, so I hope this can be useful.
- -- pointone 12:28, 20 December 2009 (EST)
- Another recommendation would be to move the link for table of contents to a more important place near the top, since it's such a useful page. Other than that, no more complaints with the current design. pwd 22:56, 20 December 2009 (EST)
- Looks great to me. Misfit138 12:34, 24 December 2009 (EST)
- I'm tired and blunt now, so I'm... phht. Please, please, the pref... er... ent... iality(Sp, not word...) in the first sentence. I mean... uh, I just think that... ... :: If you see an adjective, kill it - Twain.
- (Gen2ly explains a step by step with lot of elaborate, clearly defined details and then makes reference to car salesmenship(Sp, and...) and carpet baggery and fumbles his hat.
- Really like how the BG and Off. guide were the first mentioned when I got to Arch: seemed like a nice open door with heat coming out of it from a cold winter. Still like it seeing it like burning glow through a rough storm.
- Again, not alot of time:
- Many of them will explain the philosophy of Arch and compare/contrast Arch with other distributions. - necessary?
- They are not meant to convince the reader to choose Arch -- that decision is left to the reader alone. - Kid: shoulder shrugged, with hands behind back, body rolling side to side.
- lowdown, Yo!. I actually like this but it came across funny the first time I read it.
- Like 'Getting Started' title better. Like the original 'Helpful Places' more-compact format though.
- --Gen2ly 15:18, 24 December 2009 (EST)
- Thanks, Gen2ly; this made me smile! ;)
- I agree with respect to the rather wordy section introduction. Modified; no redundancies now?
- As far as the previous "Helpful Places" section goes, I found it far too arbitrary to suit my tastes. I think the current Category:Pages sorted by topic (English) fills the gap with a more balanced approach, and users are free to edit the "Highlights" as needed.
- I plan to implement this proposal after the merge of General Recommendations is completed, barring any other major objections.
- -- pointone 19:53, 24 December 2009 (EST)
- Lack of time on last edit, will try to do better :D.
- A couple thoughts came to me when reading... Because this is a open project is using finest help the thought of expanding ideas? I thought about this and used the Twain quote above (which applies to his days in journalism) because I think applies good here. Probably a lot of thoughts on this, any opinions?
- Having the BG and OIG at the beginning provides a nice 'open door' policy. Breaks layout I know, but I think it's important.
- 'Getting Started' well thought out, nice concise introduction. Thanks for previous blurt :).
- --Gen2ly 14:46, 26 December 2009 (EST)