[EuroPython] website constructive feedback
faassen at infrae.com
Fri Mar 5 09:46:50 EST 2004
This mail is intended to be constructive feedback on the website,
triggered by a question from Michael on the IRC #europython channel. If
any of these suggestions are considered not to be constructive, please
ignore them. :)
* sidebar to the right: upcoming events as it stands now keeps striking
me as news items. Perhaps this problem will decrease once there are more
actual news items, pushing 'upcoming events' to the bottom.
* sidebar to the right: lose the calendar. It waste space and if it does
something beyond show today's date I don't know what it is. :) I can
already look up today's date in various other ways, and even if we want
to present today's date on the site, we can do this in text format.
* the screen is rather squished together due to the two sidebars. If
there were more horizontal space, we'd be able to see more text, and
have to scroll less.
* the side in inside out. When I go to the site, I want to see the
latest news, events related to the conference, and I want to see
information about europython 2004. There needs to be information on the
* registering (even if this is not possible yet, it needs to state
that it will be soon in that case)
* submitting a talk
* submitting a refereed paper
If then I'm interested in the general EuroPython origanization I should
follow a link lower in.
This is currently hidden away until I click either in navigation or in
* the tabs are a really weird way of navigation. They don't seem to be
context dependent, and 'More info' brings me to the same page every
time. I don't see how this tab add any value. 'Talks' currently seems to
be broken. In general the tab navigation seems pretty odd. I am
expecting multiple views on a particular object or subsite, but instead
they seem to be links to particular places in the site.
* the navigation pane is odd. I jump around strangely in it when I click
on tabs, and if I click the top one I end up somewhere in the middle. In
addition if I click down from top to bottom I go through:
* a page about attending. This is fine, except there should be
concrete information about how to register (or if not possible yet, that
this is so)
* an 'events' folder. This folder isn't done yet, and basically
replicates the events I can access through the sidebar. It's confusing
this is the second navigation option. I'm interested about:
* how to register
* what talks there are
* the location
* how I submit a talk
* a 'news' folder. The same story here. It's unfinished, it claims
there are no news items, and I can already get to this using the sidebar
and using the tab at the top.
* press releases. As far down to the bottom as possible. Normal
people don't read press release archives first. :)
* sessions -- this should move up. Apparently sessions and its sub
entry 'talks' show almost but not quite the same thing. The outer one
adds a mysterious 'browse' tab that I can click and that gives me
* sponsors: further down to the bottom; most people won't be sponsors
and don't want to know about sponsors before they hear about sprints.
* sprints -- move this up to near the sessions, as it's a 'conference
In general, make it very clear that the 'call for papers' is *different*
from the 'call for talks'. The refereed paper track is actually
interesting to *less* people than the 'call for talks'. This needs to
very clear. People who want to submit a talk to a track don't need to
distracted by stuff about call for papers, lest they confuse the two.
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