Re: What can we improve on the LoCo Website?

nathan w nathan at
Thu Mar 8 23:51:18 UTC 2012

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From: "Cody Smith" <cody.smith9202 at>
To: "Benjamin Kerensa" <bkerensa at>
Cc: <ubuntu-us-or at>
Subject: What can we improve on the LoCo Website?
Date: Thu, Mar 8, 2012 1:55 pm
On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:53 AM, Benjamin Kerensa <bkerensa at> wrote:

One of the things I have wanted to work on is a comprehensive
Getting Started page for our website I have a Google Docs setup if
anyone wants to contribute to it.

Perhaps we could start working collaboratively on a help resources
page that links to community resources?

Benjamin Kerensa                          "I am what I am because 
Team Lead, Ubuntu Oregon                  of who we all are." - Ubuntu
bkerensa at

On 03/07/2012 10:04 PM, Nathan Williams wrote:

On 03/07/2012 08:33 PM, Nathan Williams wrote:

On 03/06/2012 06:22 PM, Benjamin Kerensa wrote:

I had a look at the Ubuntu Oregon Google Analytics data for
last month today and notice we received 8,222 unique hits last
month which is 8,222 potential Ubuntu Users or existing users
who sought out information on Ubuntu Oregon.

In a effort to grow our ranks here in Oregon I want to do
everything possible to make sure we are reaching as many
Oregonians as possible through every venue available to us
especially on the web. One thing I think needs improvement is
our site could use prominent placement of widgets or links to
our social media pages so we can grow our followers in those
crucial areas.

I'm asking for input on any changes you might think we need to
make to improve our chances of increasing participation

Here is a screenshot from Google Analytics:

Notably we are getting visits from almost every college in the
state and a handful of K-12 school districts and of course all
the major tech companies.

Benjamin Kerensa                          "I am what I am because 
Team Lead, Ubuntu Oregon                  of who we all are." - Ubuntu
bkerensa at

Great question, Ben!

I think we need to work more on pointing people to the excellent
existing resources and introductory materials that exist.
There's a LOT of really good documentation that's been produced,
but newcomers can have a hard time finding it.

this is our community, we know it very well, and part of the
purpose of a LoCo is to be a signpost for those just realizing
that we exist.

I'd suggest that we focus on the following areas:

 - introductory materials (who/what is Ubuntu, where/how can i
get/use it)

 - learning more ( software exploration, community (news,
activities, social stuff), documentation )

 - dealing with problems (where to get help, how to ask good
questions,  how to troubleshoot)

 - contributing ( promotion (events), testing, support
(irc/askubuntu), documentation (doc-squad, wiki, forum,
tutorials), ideas (blueprints))

i'm not suggesting that we produce the documentation, there
would be no point, as it already exists. I do think that
providing an index of the best available resources in each of
these areas would be a great way to attract people to Ubuntu
Oregon, while providing a needed service to the community.


Nathan Williams

I've gone ahead and gotten a list started, please chime in with
your favorites and suggestions!


Nathan W


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I'll definitely work with anybody who wants to contribute to the help resources page, since I've lost interest in a game I played a lot, I find myself sitting and trying to keep busy.

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