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OFFICIAL: Feedback for Homepage Redesign

SObszanski
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10/9/2012 4:37:48 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Hello, all!

As I"m sure many of you know, a good homepage is one of the most critical components of a successful website. Your homepage, typically, is where new users garner their first impression of the site as a whole. It is, if you will, the "cover" by which your "book" is "judged." It is also where you showcase the myriad of different features your website offers, and where you house the data that is most important to your users.

Currently, it seems, our homepage (http://debate.org...) is in need of some attention. Most prominently displayed there, next to the introductory/"Welcome" module, are "Debates in the Voting Period" and the "Debate Categories." By scrolling some, you can also view "Top Debaters," "Our Newest Members," "BIG Issues," "Popular Searches," and, lastly, debates in the "Challenge," "Debating," and "Post-Voting Periods," as well as "Debate.org Stats."

How could we redesign this page to make actionable items more clear? As mentioned in our forum post about the redesign of the "Debates" category page (http://debate.org...), it would probably be useful to have "Vote Now," "Accept a Challenge Now," and "Debating Now" modules, where we display top debates in the relevant periods. The intention here is to encourage users to take action, whether by accepting a debate, reading, commenting, or voting.

Moreover, we are presently not showcasing any of the forum threads or "Opinions" topics on the Debate.org homepage. Would it also be useful to have "Popular Forum Threads" and "Featured Opinion Topics" modules on the homepage? What about the Leaderboard/Top Debaters? Debate.org Stats? Should "BIG Issues" be more prominent?

Any ideas you have about how the homepage can be restructured to a) encourage greater member involvement, and b) be more useful to users, are greatly appreciated.

A good way to think about this is to consider what actions you take on Debate.org immediately after visiting the homepage and signing in. Do you look for debates to engage in, vote on, or read? Do you look for popular forum posts? Controversial opinion topics? New or top members? How could we make it easier for you to find what you are looking for?

Feel free to share photos of what this new homepage would look like using services such as Droplr (https://droplr.com...) or TinyPic (http://tinypic.com...). Refer to the "Debates" category page redesign thread mentioned above (http://debate.org...) for further clarification on this.

As always, thanks so much for your input and feedback!

Have a great day!
Suzanne
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10/10/2012 10:42:03 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/9/2012 4:37:48 PM, SObszanski wrote:
Hello, all!

As I"m sure many of you know, a good homepage is one of the most critical components of a successful website.
Agreed.
Your homepage, typically, is where new users garner their first impression of the site as a whole. It is, if you will, the "cover" by which your "book" is "judged." It is also where you showcase the myriad of different features your website offers, and where you house the data that is most important to your users.
I think that this is not so important because even though appearance does matter, it is not a priority in the current enhancements.

Currently, it seems, our homepage (http://debate.org...) is in need of some attention. Most prominently displayed there, next to the introductory/"Welcome" module, are "Debates in the Voting Period" and the "Debate Categories." By scrolling some, you can also view "Top Debaters," "Our Newest Members," "BIG Issues," "Popular Searches," and, lastly, debates in the "Challenge," "Debating," and "Post-Voting Periods," as well as "Debate.org Stats."

I want the "Top Debaters" and "Our Newest Members" removed because it's not anything that's interesting. The "Top Debaters" isn't good for anything besides showing the Leaderboard. The newest members have a 90% chance of leaving very soon so "Newest Members" should be eliminated. "The Debates in the Voting Period" and "Debate Categories" should be changed to something else. The fact is that "Popular Debates" and "Popular Debate Categories" would be way better than the current design. Popular Searches should be eliminated because it doesn't serve any real purpose. The "Big Issues" and "Debate.org Statistics" are fine and even though they aren't that used, they're still great. They should advertise them as "Popular Debates" with categorized by "Challenged" period, "Debating" period, "Voting" period, and "Post-Voting" period.


How could we redesign this page to make actionable items more clear? As mentioned in our forum post about the redesign of the "Debates" category page (http://debate.org...), it would probably be useful to have "Vote Now," "Accept a Challenge Now," and "Debating Now" modules, where we display top debates in the relevant periods. The intention here is to encourage users to take action, whether by accepting a debate, reading, commenting, or voting.
I would love having a "Vote Now", "Accept a Challenge Now" and "Debate Now." I would also add a "Comment Now" module. Displaying top debates is not needed if there are popular debates.

Moreover, we are presently not showcasing any of the forum threads or "Opinions" topics on the Debate.org homepage. Would it also be useful to have "Popular Forum Threads" and "Featured Opinion Topics" modules on the homepage? What about the Leaderboard/Top Debaters? Debate.org Stats? Should "BIG Issues" be more prominent?
I think that we could showcase the most popular forum threads and the most popular Opinions topics of some time period. "Popular Forum Topics" and "Featured Opinion Topics with modules on the homepage. I would eliminate the Leaderboard/Top Debaters on the main page as I said before for the sole reasons which I have already said. The Big Issues is fine.

Any ideas you have about how the homepage can be restructured to a) encourage greater member involvement, and b) be more useful to users, are greatly appreciated.
I don't think it's so important. I would do something such as a tutorial which would explain everything on Debate.org. That would make more people to stay. It would also make it very useful. It's not actually the fact that we have to get more people to come here. We just need all of the people who come to have many people stay. That way we have more debaters, more active members, etc.

A good way to think about this is to consider what actions you take on Debate.org immediately after visiting the homepage and signing in. Do you look for debates to engage in, vote on, or read? Do you look for popular forum posts? Controversial opinion topics? New or top members? How could we make it easier for you to find what you are looking for?

I remember I didn't know how to do many of the things and I needed to ask members for help. I did look at debates but it drew me off at first because the debates were of poor quality (Spam Debates, Troll Debates). I couldn't vote because I needed 3 debates but it's fine. Controversial Opinion topics, popular forum posts, etc.

Feel free to share photos of what this new homepage would look like using services such as Droplr (https://droplr.com...) or TinyPic (http://tinypic.com...). Refer to the "Debates" category page redesign thread mentioned above (http://debate.org...) for further clarification on this.

As always, thanks so much for your input and feedback!

Have a great day!
Suzanne

You too.