This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Help:Requests page.
As requested by JanuWiki 2019 a once over & can't see any room for improvement on clarity., I've given
The "Missions accomplished" section was never meant to be a long-term fixture of the page, in fact the original concept was that requests would simply be deleted as soon as they're done. (The page history serves as a perfectly fine record of old requests.)
Because we're using this page to organize the event logistics, it's useful to keep things around at least during the event, but there's no reason we should never need to retain multiple months of old requests. I'd argue for just deleting them, rather than worrying about collapsible boxes and whatnot. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 03:11, 4 January 2019 (UTC)
- Yeah, I'm inclined to agree. As long as we're leaving good edit notes (which we are, so far), so the history is clear at a glance, the missions accomplished section is mostly a communications channel to requesters and other editors, and so it'll be more effective if it's not cluttered.
Call-out for JanuWiki editors
I've added a call-out to the main page (at the top of the "Progress" section, though we may like to move it down if it's in the way on mobile) inviting people to become volunteer editors. The text:
- "JanuWiki has taken off, and has grown faster than we ever expected! If you'd like to join our team of volunteer editors, who look over give a polish to all completed content, keep the tables of information on this page up-to-date, and just generally help out around the place, head over to the Help:Requests page and take a look at what happens there.
- "It isn't essential that you understand how the wiki works, just that you have a desire to make our creators' content really shine, and want to learn what you don't know. If you have trouble or questions the other volunteer editors will gladly help you out. Get in touch with any of the volunteer editors listed, or ask a question at Help talk:Requests if you're curious!"
Most of our volunteer editors came on-board in late December, in the lead-up to JanuWiki, and had a grace period to wrap their heads around how things work here before JanuWiki kicked off. I have every faith that we will support and guide any new editors who want to share the load (and pleasure) of keeping the JanuWiki momentum up! :)
If you are reading this and are interested in volunteering:
I recommend taking a good look at some of the previously completed reviews (the articles marked as Done at Help:Requests#JanuWiki review assignments) and going through the "History" to see what our volunteer editors are doing. We rely on (and trust) each other's judgement and best efforts, and support each other by catching mistakes, discussing issues as they arise, and working as a team. If you're interested or have a question, get started by editing this page and saying so below here. (Since this is a
Talk page, don't forget to sign your comment by typing
-- ~~~~ at the end, so we know who you are!) -- Djonni (talk) 14:44, 6 January 2019 (UTC)
Remaking the help page
I would like to update the Help:requests page. I think it is a good time to redo it, and after the help page and main page get redone the wiki will be ready for a JanuWiki event. Before I start with my ideas I'd like to present why I want to redo the help page.
- I think there is potential to give the page a nicer look, more smooth, and feel more like a website than just editing a page on a wiki. For inexperienced users this can potentially make them feel more like a regular website and hence more comfortable.
- There are some ways that would make the help page more accessible to new users, meaning features like links that create a new topic instead of editing a list.
- If the main page does get updated, it would be nice to have other pages that are not articles match the format.
So, here are my ideas. I would like to make the different help topics (writing help, coding help, list of volunteers) into a list at the top of the page. Each item on the list would be symbolized by an emoji with the words after it (as per Djonni's idea here), and the link would open a new topic on a page set aside for that type of request. In the case of a volunteer the link would open a new topic on that volunteers talk page.
(There is a bit of discussion about this over here. Enjoy lol)