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|Result: The Featured User poll was expanded to 8 users and a Did you know section for the main page was created.|
| So I decided to take more interest in this site and all. So I decided to come up with a few things I wanted to say for a long time.
Firstly, The featured user interview. Really, it's nothing but long-long text that majority of people wont care about, only for active editors here being merely 20 users. It fills up the entire homepage as if the homepage is just their for that big interview relating nothing with Sonic himself. This is an encyclopedia after all. What I'm saying that we don't need that interview to fill the entire page since it's just some everyday question asked about some person that could even be found on his/her page. If it were an interview from some SEGA guy with us, then sure, keep it for months but this is just a user. I strongly suggest we merge the interview to a different subpage and add a message above the poll ; This months features user was ______, click here to see his/her interview
I believe a ton of more useful things could be added instead, like the recently discussed News wall and a Did you know section. I believe this wiki has a ton of info that is worthy of a Did you know. It's representable and ofcourse, appealing to newcomers. They'll know this wiki is top notch
Thats all for now. --Quack 15:26, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
Hmmm.... I might want to agree with this. Some people MIGHT care. Let's put my opinion in a nutshell: Put the Featured User thing on a subpage; Put a Did You Know section, and implement the News Wall. MintsyWinterBlue (talk) (contributions) 17:03, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
I like the idea of having a subpage for interviews, but not a "Did you know?" section. I think it would be unnecessary. The Fresh Prince of Grooseland 25 June 2013 17:50 (UTC)
I could probably help with the "Did you know?" section. We have something similar on the Matrix Wiki, except we use quotes instead of facts. Each time the page is visited, the quote changes on its own so that the visitor doesn't always see the same quote. I could try bringing that here, but using facts instead of quotes. 20:55, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
Part of me wants to keep the Featured User interview. Before I joined the wiki as a user, I always found it interesting to read. The interview also encouraged me to join in hopes of potentially being interviewed one day. I wouldn't mind seeing the News Wall and DYK implemented, however. --22:29, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
I disagree with you, Disco, as I want the Featured User interview to remain on the homepage. I do agree that it should be strictly about Sonic and their wiki lives. As for the Did You Know section... Ummmm, I would say it shouldn't be an administrator-only editing thing, if that makes sense. It should be editable by users with user rights. I don't really have to say much about that, but it's my opinion. BlueSpeeder (talk) 22:34, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
To summarize my thoughts on the home page:
--22:49, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
Per Bullet.---22:59, June 25, 2013 (UTC)
Well, I'll take all of Bullet's ideas. But I still insist we atleast shorten the interview. --Quack 06:48, June 26, 2013 (UTC)
I think the Features User should have a subpage instead. On the homepage it can look something like this -
It doesn't need to look like this. But I think a subpage is a better idea, since, instead of the Featured User, we can have our own News Feed taking its place on out page. Thoughts?--SlugDrones • (Contact) 11:45, June 27, 2013 (UTC)
Um, guys? We already had a previous discussion about Featured User and possible changes to it. We concluded that we would increase it to six people, but otherwise leave it be. It's rather annoying that one forum ends about the subject matter, then a short while later another one pops up (Featured User, profanity, etc).
Anyways, ever since I took up the mantle of Featured User Interviewer, I've always stuck to the unofficial formula of having at least three Sonic/Wiki-related questions, then the rest can be about... just about anything. It's a way for Users to learn more about some of the most active and well-known members of the wiki.
As for the late updates... it's not really something I could help due to circumstances at the time. End of my high school year, preparation for graduation, graduation ceremony, and then Sacor needing to go on a break for a month. Sure I could interview the runner-up, but that wouldn't be a fair shake to Sacor. I mean hell, when Sonicrox14 once won Featured User she and the wiki had to wait... what, six months? Waiting until July isn't a big deal, is it?--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 10:05, June 28, 2013 (UTC)
I like the idea of adding the did you know? section. But I want to keep the featured user on the main page. I'm one of the "few" who like reading about users. I think the "Who should be the next featured user?" is a good idea. I want the FU section to stay because part of the drive for me to join was hoping to one day be interviewed. --Psyche the Hedgehog 06:28, July 1, 2013 (UTC)
A "Did you know?" section, eh? Nice. I'm all for it. The Featured User interview thingy can stay as it is on the main page, and yes, it should say "next Featured User" so it can be updated whenever. Kagi is too busy for monthly interviews unless the duty could be shared with someone else (but that's not gonna happen!).16:54, July 1, 2013 (UTC)
Actually, the Sonic Fanon Wiki, where I also hold the interviewing job, has it as "Next Featured User" as well. Even so I try and update monthly, which is why I've left SNN's Featured User setup as-is.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 19:51, July 1, 2013 (UTC)
Give Kagi a chance to try and keep it updated mobthly. Updating it monthly is ideal. We should try and remove every instance of the word "month" in the Featured User interview.
We also discussed it on chat quite a bit, and everyone seems to want to expand the Featured User poll even further. We could expand it to 10 users, with the last three featured users becoming ineligible so we get a larger variety of users on there. Opinions? --21:12, July 1, 2013 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but.... please no. It would be a big pain to try and track who to remove from the polls if I had to make sure the last three interviewees were removed from the poll. We already boosted it to six people, and I think we should leave it there for now.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 21:19, July 1, 2013 (UTC)
I just legitimately do not think it would be a good or practical idea. I know from experience that even with such information trying to keep track of who goes in and who shouldn't will be a pain. Especially in regards to changes with editcounts.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 22:31, July 1, 2013 (UTC)
Well Sacor's interview is done, but here's my question: Should I put it up now and leave any further discussions for another time, or should it be delayed to allow any potential changes to be discussed and implemented?--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 05:16, July 3, 2013 (UTC)
Has there been any progression on the new headers? We cannot really put these changes into place unless they are ready for use. Here's what I'm getting from this:
Before we close this, I would really like to reconsider keeping the Monthly Question on the Main Page. There's a lack of community participation in it, so there would really be no harm to its removal... --02:29, July 7, 2013 (UTC)
Rather than remove it, I want to know how to encourage participation. I mean hell, the Question of the Month was how I met Shelly. I want to know what I'm doing wrong.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 03:28, July 7, 2013 (UTC)
....Wha? We had blogs back then too, I'm sure of that. Shelly did her Tip of the Day and whatnot even back then. Though, I guess they weren't as widespread... but still, I don't want to see this tradition die out. There's gotta be a way to improve participation.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 11:27, July 7, 2013 (UTC)
Maybe we could somehow make the question more visually attracting... but then it would look out of place.
As for the "Did You Know?" section and the news wall, we still have not decided how we are going to implement it. Should we use Supermorff's suggestion for the news wall? If we use DarkFuture's suggestion concerning the "Did You Know?" section, what is it going to look like and where will we put it? (It would also be nice if people explicitly volunteer to help with putting together a list of facts for the "Did You Know?" section or to help design and organize the news on the news wall) -- Shadowunleashed13 (talk) 21:12, July 7, 2013 (UTC)
Yes, we're using Supermorff's suggestion unless someone comes up with something better. The problem is that no one is taking any action to get this stuff done. I'm not going to be working on this particular part of the main page, so it'd be nice if those who volunteered already started making progress. --21:45, July 7, 2013 (UTC)
I'm helping with Did You Know? too. I'm currently working on a list of more Sonic-related facts than you can shake a stick at! We don't need too many of them, though. Perhaps I could make 52-53 of them and change to a different one each week. I have a other ways of doing this, so fret ye not...22:13, July 7, 2013 (UTC)
I think we should start by reading articles on the main characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and just list whatever seems interesting in a new section below this discussion (I bet some of you have already started). Then we could expand and maybe find a few interesting bits of trivia in pages about comics or television shows. Sound good? -- Shadowunleashed13 (talk) 22:19, July 7, 2013 (UTC)
I was actually thinking about something different other than character, comic, and television information. Rather, I was thinking we could include things such as recent news in Sonic-related media. Examples include the Archie-Penders trial, the Nintendo-SEGA partnership, recent information on the newest Sonic games, etc.
Okay, I've got some bits of trivia in the section below. It would be really nice if anyone could contribute. (Come on, I might have missed something!) -- Shadowunleashed13 (talk) 00:58, July 8, 2013 (UTC)
I would like to put you need to put a '?' at the end of each fact. You may want to look at DYK formatting on other wikis. Just don't start them with THAT. I HATE THE WORD 'THAT'; you don't need to use it 90% of the time. SilverPlays97 (Wall) (Contributions) 01:24, July 8, 2013 (UTC)
It's way too tacky and tough to read. Maybe something more appealing (Other than nothing but text) and more convenient. --Quack 12:41, July 8, 2013 (UTC)
These are definitely interesting tidbits of information, though some could be written a wee bit better. There's one thing I think we could definitely use with all of this information though: resources. Proof of the information.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 09:31, July 9, 2013 (UTC)
Well, I didn't think that. Even if we put like 6 facts, it'll look tacky and too plain. --Quack 06:28, July 10, 2013 (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, how would everyone feel about Social Media as opposed to a 'News Wall'? Using something such as Facebook or Twitter (both of which are made for this sort of thing), it will be much easier to make updates regarding recent news, and it'll be more productive that way. We can have have a section on the Main Page so users can see news on that, too. Unfortunately, the only problem would be actually having people update this... If we're going to do this, I'd prefer to take this route. It was even recommended to me that we do this by a Wikia Staff member, so I'd like to explore this option more than we have. Thoughts?--10:07, July 12, 2013 (UTC)
Well I was looking at the Pokemon Wiki and they have a did you know section on their home page except every time the page is refreshed new facts are shown. we could possibly implement this here? User:SplashTheHedgehog/Signature3 00:49, July 23, 2013 (UTC)
That's cool, Splash. My only concern is, the Cream picture looks to be of slightly less quality than the ones on the homepage. And in my opinion, the text border color shouldn't be pink. But other than that, I like it. PhysTheEchidna (talk) 20:43, July 25, 2013 (UTC)
I think this forum has run its course. I will close this forum shortly and move the Did you Know list to Forum:DYK. -- 15:41, August 2, 2013 (UTC)
So before I put up Ultrasonic's interview, I need to know what I'm doing with the setup and the voting. Am I doing ten Users, remove the last three winners?--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 23:23, August 3, 2013 (UTC)
Expanding Featured User Poll/Removing Previous Featured Users
Setting up a quick vote just to ensure we have consensus here. We're probably going to be expanding the poll a few more slots and removing the last three Featured Users from the poll. Thoughts? Signatures, only, please.
VOTING IS CLOSED
VOTING IS CLOSED