Talk:Main Page/Archive2

For an archive of discussions on this page, see Talk:Main Page/archive.
For a new draft design of the Main Page, see Main Page (draft).


This current design isn't very appealing, is it? I suggest that we revert to the older version. N6 (IIb) 03:40, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

I agree that the new design is not appealing at all - padding and margins look ugly, colours are very brash, and it looks disconnected to the rest of the design (work pages, composer pages etc). I would suggest that if any major changes are going to take place on the main page they should be directed more towards a Web 2.0 look rather than a 1995 look. • jujimufu (talk) 15:30, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
The idea behind the recent change was not one of being 'appealing' but one of being simple and functional. No, it's not perfect, but instead of scrapping it or focusing purely on aesthetics, I suggest that more practical considerations be taken into account. For instance, the image on the old page was taken out because it was seen as unnecessary clutter; similarly, the color scheme was radically simplified to improve readability. As I say, it could still use some work (the absence of the language links is a serious problem), but personally I much prefer the new one as it makes it much easier for me to see what's actually on the page. Obviously, that will differ between users, but I hope that discussion of this will try to answer problems relating to that aspect of it. Thanks, KGill talk email 21:50, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

I think here is where I have to use my voice as the leader to prevent unresolvable conflicts from stirring up IMSLP contributors. I will act pursuant to the following rationales:

  1. It seems clear to me that this debate is one of aesthetics and not purely of merit, which also means that no one is going to be able to convince anyone else (and especially not online).
  2. Hence, any further discussion will only serve to polarize IMSLP contributors and deplete morale. This would obviously be very undesirable to IMSLP as a whole.
  3. Also, the old Main Page has served us well for almost four years, with no major complaints. It may have shortcomings (in fact, it does have shortcomings), but insofar as there is no overwhelming support of the new Main Page it is probably prudent to "[not] fix what is not broken."
  4. This will actually be in accordance to Nick's (NLewis) original intent to "incubate" the new Main Page until it is ready to be presented. Because of this, I will not simply revert the Main Page, but also create another page that serves as a "draft" Main Page should contributors wish to continue work on this new design and polish it enough to present as the real Main Page.
  5. As per the point above, people who wish to use this new "draft" Main Page will certainly be welcome to bookmark it and use it. All of the items on the draft will be updated automatically via page includes, so the information should be fresh.

Hope the above reasons will satisfy most contributors as to the resolution. --Feldmahler 22:45, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

Search Box above Break

It looks like this has been discussed a bit in the past but I'm curious why the search button is not placed right about the "other" catagory. I actually think the best place would be in the top right (like wikipedia) as that's the most common place for a search function on any website. I remember the first time i came to this site I couldn't figure out where to search! At a minimum, though, it just has to be above the break. --Icactus 04:53, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

I second this idea. I agree it should go above "other". Lndlewis10 05:22, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
When I first used this site I immediately noticed that with my small monitor, I would have to scroll down to search. I'd like it to be under the logo/link. I think that would be the best option. ---Philip Addison Jones @ © talk 18:09, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah - i think the closer to the top the better. --Icactus 02:29, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

What about be especially nice would be if we could redesign the whole main page and put it in an obvious location there :-) Lndlewis10 04:08, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

The new text is OK, but I think that retaining the link to "About" would be nice—some people really like that sort of info being linked near the top.-- Snailey (_@/) Talk to Me Email me 13:47, 4 July 2011 (UTC)