Reorganizing content on

Simon Steinbeiß simon at
Fri Jun 5 07:39:24 UTC 2015

On Thu, 04 Jun 2015 01:48:58 +0300
Pasi Lallinaho <pasi at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I've been playing around with the Xubuntu website content and
> organization lately and have some thoughts about reorganization that
> would make the (menu) structure more logical - and hopefully easier to
> grasp - both for us and our visitors. The result of my thought process
> is laid out below.

Much appreciated, this is a great effort!

> The Get Involved page needs some reorganization and a change of focus.
> Currently, we focus on the three tips and then continue with subteams.
> Since we communicate a lot and often, we should instead emphasize our
> communication channels – the IRC channel and the developer mailing list.
> The subteams are somewhat awkwardly grouped and make no sense (any
> more). This will require a few redirections from the IS but I'll happily
> handle the requests and follow-ups.
> An early draft for the new page can be found at [1]. Please note that
> you need to log in to the website in order to be able to access this
> page. Members of the Xubuntu team and/or website team can do this.

We've discussed this on IRC already a bit, so I won't comment again at length, but I really second this emphasis on our communication channels. After all, we want people to be able to easily get in touch with us, so starting by exposing that seems like a really good idea to me. Visually, the two columns also break up the "wall of text" we currently have and the graphics is a step in the right direction too!

> Currently, we list both "The Team" and "The Community" as top menu
> items. The content inside these is a bit overlapping and it's hard to
> say where you should find some of the information in some cases.
> Option 1: xm-community-ph.png
> Since we want to emphasize the community instead of the team, I propose
> we change the menu item "The Team" to "The Community" and group the
> following subpages under it (in the following order):
>   – The Team Blog
>   – Get Involved (moving from "The Community")
>   – Contact Us
>   – Developer Area (new, add when content is ready)
> "The Community" should be renamed to something else, but I don't know
> what yet (ideas welcome). In any case, the subpages under that would be
> (at least) the following:
>   – Products
>   – Donate
> I'm unsure where the "Resources & Assets" subpage should fall into yet –
> it's possible that it shouldn't even have it's own menu item.
> Option 2: xm-community-developer.png
> If the developer area seems to grow, grouping all the abovementioned
> menu items under "The Community" is possible, with the exception that
> the Developer Area menu item would become another top menu item.
> The developer area is still work in progress. Content that could/should
> fall under it:
>   – Team calendar (currently unlinked)
>   – Current development cycle, including stuff like links to appropriate
> blueprints, the work items tracker etc.

I like/prefer Option 2, that grouping somehow makes more sense to me. Also, directly exposing the team calendar and an overview of the current cycle is something I would really want from the website. It'll hopefully make our development process more transparent and accessible to folks from the community.

So yeah, all in all, very nice work!

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