Community on ubuntu.com

The Design team recently updated the look of ubuntu.com and I think it looks great.

Navigation bar

In the announcement of the redesign they actually explained what led to the changes and it’s a nice read.

Some noticed that the link to the Community page is missing in the navigation bar, and Inayaili León responded to it:

We understand your concerns. The Community link is present in the footer section of the site.

We know that work is on its way to create a more vibrant and useful community site, and the web and design teams are also helping out with that.

One of the things mentioned in the post is that we’re still working on improvements to the navigation not just within ubuntu.com but across the entire ubuntu web universe, of which Community is surely an important part. Hopefully this will bring higher visibility to other sites when someone visits ubuntu.com.

We need, however, to divide work in smaller chunks, as I’m sure you understand, keeping the bigger goals in mind, so we should see this as a first step, which we can iterate on and evolve and be positive about the process.

So at last UDS we had a discussion about how we want to make this work and you can see the planning and stand of things over here. Since some of the members of the team got busy with other things, it’d be GREAT if anyone of you could help out with this. It’s very likely just going to be a set of small tasks, so any help would be much appreciated.

Let’s make the new Community page fantastic and invite many many new people!

If you’re interested, please leave a comment or contact me as usual.

  • I think we all saw that response and Lyz actually had discussed the fact that you were working on trying to get a community site together hours before she tweeted and I postede on G+ but at the same time my understanding based on discussions is that that work is far from completion in fact it really hasn’t gotten much of anywhere? I noticed the wordpress instance is no longer up.

    “The Community link is present in the footer section of the site”

    That is a moot point because its below the fold and the footer is the lowest viewed point (less than 1% of visitors actually see the footer) on any website based on studies using heatmaps…. Interest decreases top to bottom.

    • Michael Hall

      The wordpress instance is still up at http://91.189.93.108/

      • I stand corrected

        • Michael Hall

          But you are correct about there still being work that needs to be done, and we absolutely need community involvement to help us do it. This is a community portal after all, it can’t all be written by Daniel.

          So if you, or anybody else, wants to see the community portal linked to and promoted on ubuntu.com, please help us finish it so it can go live.

          • I don’t understand whats going on here… On one hand the design team said sections need to be prioritized but now that this whole thing is on social media this blog post springs up and were told that it will actually be put back.

            What was so bad about the existing community section that it couldn’t stay until the new site was up? Why was this done without any communication to the community? Why no discussion at UDS or even a mailing list note from your team?

            Do you see why I’m a bit irritated with this? There was no planning or communication.

          • Michael Hall

            The old section was just a wall of unchanging, unwelcoming text that we’ve been trying to replace for multiple cycles now.

            There was a *lot* of planning and discussion about changing it, and about replacing it with a new WordPress site, and about how we need to collect text to populate it, etc. There have been discussions in at least UDS Copenhagen, and I believe in Oakland before that.

          • “There was a *lot* of planning and discussion about changing it” yes as in the section but not eradicting the prominent placement of “Community” among other sections from the top bar and throwing it to the bottom of the site as a hidden easter egg that will rarely get seen.

            So far I have seen absolutely no valid arguement as to why “Community” is no longer as important as the other sections which stayed and are been chosen as priorities to highlight on the site.

            Please do explain why “Community” does not deserve its place up to along with TV and Mobile? Even if the existing content was not satisfying its better to keep it until the new site was finished.

          • Michael Hall

            Community absolutely deserves a prominent position, so help us get the new community portal finished and live so we can get that position back.

  • ScottK

    Seems consistent with Canonical’s recent level of interest in engaging the broader community.

  • Craig Hrabal

    I would be very interested in helping revamp the community section, as it’s a pretty important section!

    • dholbach

      That’s great! The individual pieces of text are linked from https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityWebsite along with their status. Whatever improvements you have, or a review of what we’ve got would be super helpful. Let me know if you need any more info.

  • I just don’t understand what the big deal is. The info is not removed, and the new navigation makes browsing the site a lot easier actually. Come on!

  • emanuele boncimino

    Let me know if I can help you and how. DHolbach the community is still a great thing, so there’s why I’ll try to help you with this job.

    • dholbach

      That’s great! The individual pieces of text are linked from https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Commun
      along with their status. Whatever improvements you have, or a review of
      what we’ve got would be super helpful. Let me know if you need any more
      info.

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