Opened 7 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

#1401 closed enhancement (fixed)

Group or order the links on the Console "Home" page better

Reported by: somewon Owned by: sadie
Priority: minor Milestone: 0.9.36
Component: apps/console Version: 0.9.15
Keywords: new-user usability Cc: slumlord
Parent Tickets: #2239 Sensitive: no


At the moment, the links at the bottom of the "Home" page are ordered alphabetically, with most under "Eepsites of Interest".

I honestly see a few different problems with the layout as it is now.

Most important, there's just too many of them there and it's a little overwhelming. This makes users (even me, and I have a huge interest in I2P) just glance right over the links and not really want to check out what's presented. Even I myself, as a passionate I2P advocate, haven't even actually looked through all of them, and there's only 24!

This is nothing more than a simple function of information design, and there's no shame in having it end up this way. The problem is a weird quirk of the human brain and it's not rational or expected.

I propose adding another category or possibly even more than one, in order to reduce the size of the link cluster and make it easier for users to explore eepsites of interest.

One category that might make sense would be "I2P-related", which could include http://i2p-projekt.i2p, http://forum.i2p, http://trac.i2p2.i2p, http://zzz.i2p, http://stats.i2p, the FAQ, etc. That would probably make the groups small enough that they would no longer be overwhelming.

Further categories could have headings like "Information exchange", which could include Postman's Tracker, PasteThis?, diftracker, etc. Beyond that, there probably aren't enough links to justify more categories, but future additions might include "Services" and include Free Web Hosting, etc., while yet another could be "Publishing" or something similar and include Id3nt and Jisko, etc.

I also think that the official project website should be distinguished better… perhaps it should be clearly called Official I2P Website or similar, and probably be placed prominently. Right now it's called "Project Website" with a dull icon that doesn't have any flair at all.

I imagine this is an easy fix, and if I understood the dev tools like mtn etc. I might even work it out myself, but I have a lot on my plate already and it would take someone else 20x less time.

Thanks again to all the great devs - I would give you each a hug if I could!


Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by str4d

Keywords: new-user usability added; UI user interface design links home console removed
Milestone: 0.9.16

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by Inondle

Might look at the [CLEARNET WARNING] grouping of links in the bottom of their sidebar. Seems like a good starting point.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by zzz

Owner: set to sadie
Status: newassigned

Assigning to Sadie for general guidance

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by zzz

Cc: slumlord added
Parent Tickets: 2239

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by zzz

Milestone: 0.9.36
Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

No guidance received, but #2239 is done so I guess this is also. If you wanted to do another pass, please reopen.

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