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Message 2804 - Posted: 8 Feb 2006 | 14:10:48 UTC

Can the search boxes be put some place else, prominently? Like on the side (move the forum over a bit, not unlike Primegrid.) or at the top of all the forums?
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Message 2805 - Posted: 8 Feb 2006 | 14:47:10 UTC - in response to Message 2804.

Can the search boxes be put some place else, prominently? Like on the side (move the forum over a bit, not unlike Primegrid.) or at the top of all the forums?


We could move them from the bottom of the main forum index to the top. I put them at the bottom because then you see more of the forums and where there is activity, without having to scroll, and you can follow the link at the top to the search boxes at the bottom. I did this thinking most returning users would look for activity, while searching is a secondary activity.

The PrimeGrid site has a nice look to it (nice CSS) but I don't like having the main menu bar down along the side on every single page. You don't really need all that accessible for every page. I wonder if they do it just so they can say that the adverts are always visible?


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Message 2806 - Posted: 8 Feb 2006 | 18:22:51 UTC - in response to Message 2805.
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The PrimeGrid site has a nice look to it (nice CSS) but I don't like having the main menu bar down along the side on every single page. You don't really need all that accessible for every page. I wonder if they do it just so they can say that the adverts are always visible?

Exactly that, yes. Their budget is that of a budget shoestring. Thus even less than the shoestring most projects work with. ;)

Yet having the "sidebar" always available does make navigating the site much easier. It ought to be an option for BOINC server (forum) software. Or for the participants to decide.
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Message 2807 - Posted: 9 Feb 2006 | 6:50:54 UTC

Those sidebars can also be useful for relaying important information on all pages easily. Notice of downtime, server issues, etc and help reduce the number of "what's wrong now" type posts (although it unfortunately doesn't eliminate them all).

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Message 2808 - Posted: 9 Feb 2006 | 12:42:01 UTC - in response to Message 2807.

Those sidebars can also be useful for relaying important information on all pages easily. Notice of downtime, server issues, etc and help reduce the number of "what's wrong now" type posts (although it unfortunately doesn't eliminate them all).


But if that is on the "front" page, and important info is spread via RSS, then you don't need to take up the valuable real estate on the page for what is mostly redundant links that are not used very often.

I do like having the quick links along the top and bottom of each page, and could add or change to that. What should go along the top/bottom menu? Should I change "Server Status" to just "Status"? Shoule "Home" be changed to "Main Page" or what? Is there any one link that should be there which is not?

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Message 2810 - Posted: 9 Feb 2006 | 14:41:11 UTC - in response to Message 2808.

Is there any one link that should be there which is not?

Search. ;)

The naming is correct as far as I can see.
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Message 2811 - Posted: 9 Feb 2006 | 15:15:00 UTC - in response to Message 2810.

Is there any one link that should be there which is not?

Search. ;)

The naming is correct as far as I can see.

Yep naming is good, but more search boxes?!! ;)
How about a link to BoincWiki? It could link to something like Lab FAQ later.

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Message 2812 - Posted: 9 Feb 2006 | 17:23:29 UTC - in response to Message 2811.
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Is there any one link that should be there which is not?

Search. ;)

The naming is correct as far as I can see.

Yep naming is good, but more search boxes?!! ;)
How about a link to BoincWiki? It could link to something like Lab FAQ later.


But will users need direct access to BoincWiki that quickly?
Right now I've just put the things that people should be able to get to directly for day-to-day operations. Search might be one of them. But I'm not sure the Wiki is.

Home gets you to the 'main' page, with links to lots of other things. It's perhaps the most important.

Your Account lets you quickly change your profile or preferences. The link is right above the indicator that you are logged in (or not).

Help Desk and Message Boards get you quickly to those areas.

Server status lets you check on everything.

What else does a normal user need/want to be able to jump to quickly
from any other place on the site? I can't think of anything, except perhaps the 'Search' function.

What if 'Help Desk' was changed to just 'Help' and took you to an intermediate page that told you how to get help, including links to the Help Desk and Discussion rooms, and the Wiki for those who are interested, etc...?

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Message 2813 - Posted: 9 Feb 2006 | 22:05:19 UTC - in response to Message 2812.

What if 'Help Desk' was changed to just 'Help' and took you to an intermediate page that told you how to get help, including links to the Help Desk and Discussion rooms, and the Wiki for those who are interested, etc...?


That's a good idea. It would allow for more methods of help to be available to those willing to look easily as well as eliminating the need to link to the page elsewhere as a secondary help/assistance page.
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Message 2814 - Posted: 9 Feb 2006 | 22:10:23 UTC - in response to Message 2812.

But will users need direct access to BoincWiki that quickly?
I see the wiki as reference material or dictionary. Don't need it much, but a pain if it's hard to get to. Would the wiki link be more appropriate on the home page under Community or More Information?
What if 'Help Desk' was changed to just 'Help' and took you to an intermediate page that told you how to get help, including links to the Help Desk and Discussion rooms, and the Wiki for those who are interested, etc...?
That change might boost interest in help desk, but unless you come across other help info to populate this page, it may seem redundant and more a barrier to getting help.

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Message 2815 - Posted: 10 Feb 2006 | 2:44:12 UTC - in response to Message 2814.

What if 'Help Desk' was changed to just 'Help' and took you to an intermediate page that told you how to get help, including links to the Help Desk and Discussion rooms, and the Wiki for those who are interested, etc...?
That change might boost interest in help desk, but unless you come across other help info to populate this page, it may seem redundant and more a barrier to getting help.
Another barrier would be an invalid Help! link, like
The requested URL /Help.php was not found on this server.


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Message 2816 - Posted: 10 Feb 2006 | 12:16:31 UTC - in response to Message 2814.

But will users need direct access to BoincWiki that quickly?
I see the wiki as reference material or dictionary. Don't need it much, but a pain if it's hard to get to. Would the wiki link be more appropriate on the home page under Community or More Information?


I agree, and I just realized that we had no links at all to the Wiki, which has been corrected. There's now a link with the other BOINC links on the front page, and there will be a link from the new Help page.

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Message 2817 - Posted: 10 Feb 2006 | 12:45:14 UTC

Don't forget to take out that line to "For Questions and Problems also see the Helpdesk" on the index page, Eric.

That is, after you're done writing the new Help page, of course.

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Message 2818 - Posted: 10 Feb 2006 | 15:05:20 UTC - in response to Message 2817.

Don't forget to take out that line to "For Questions and Problems also see the Helpdesk" on the index page, Eric.

I like the current layout of that page. The Helpdesk link sits nice with the link to the search boxes below.

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