[Web Comm] Proposal for a new layout of the Wiki

Daniel Brookshier dbrookshier at collab.net
Fri Apr 14 10:57:00 EDT 2006

Hi Arnulf,

I think that looks great. Can you surface a few links for help? I  
want to be sure that new users can see some obvious help on end use,  
email, projects, and working with open source. The wiki is a great  
place to do that, just need some links that are easy to see. Perhaps  
between the intro and the welcome and the committee and working groups.

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On Apr 14, 2006, at 9:31 AM, Arnulf Christl wrote:

> Hi,
> to enhance readability of the Wiki main page I suggest to use boxes  
> to organize content. I put together an example here:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/images/2/24/ 
> OSGeo_design_proposal_for_Main_Page.png
> It is not really a design but a layout proposal. The text is all  
> red because the links are dead (i copied the page into another Wiki  
> just to test) the logo is a placeholder, etc. all this is not  
> relevant.
> At the top right we could add a News section which is included as a  
> template. Something like this was proposed some time ago and i  
> think it would fit in nicely, easy to edit, prominent enough,  
> direct link to archives, etc.
> To make it a little complicated the boxes are implemented as <div>  
> tags that we currently disallow in OSGeo Wiki to discourage  
> spambots. But we can trick around this by allowing <div> just for a  
> short time, save the page and then again disable <div>ing. The  
> SpamRegex only listens to edits not views, so the <div> tags will  
> display fine. But then you can't edit the main page unless somebody  
> with access to the server changes the settings. Sort of "protects"  
> the front page in a slightly queer way too.
> Which brings me to the last point. I suggest to migrate the  
> Mediawiki software to the tellascience infrastructure whenever they  
> are ready to go - if at all they would consent to hosting it. Then  
> it would be easier to regulate access to these few essential  
> settings files and i guess that the backup would also be somehow  
> more centralized and not depending on a commercial enterprise like  
> us. I mean it is not a problem at all for us to host the Wiki for  
> evermore, we are more than ever happy to do this but from a  
> governance perspective i believe it would rather belong on a public  
> OSGeo d(ed)ictated server ...turning just slightly paranoid for the  
> fun of it.
> Best regards,
> Arnulf.
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