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I've added a rough table of contents. Feel free to add, modify, delete, etc. most links don't go anywhere yet.

That vandal bot had been by another four times on the main page, and once on this talk age. I deleted the graffitti; we'll see if any more pops up now that you need to log in to edit pages. DougBurbidge 07:23, 27 May 2006 (CDT)

I've played with the main page a bit, and shuffled content back and forth to articles. Everything should now be within two clicks of the main page. (JEREMY) Sforgau 09:37, 1 June 2006 (CDT)

Tell you what; if you create yourself a user account, then you won't make Unix sysadmins feel all twitchy 'cos you're logged in as root, plus we'll know who's doing what. :-) Ta. DougBurbidge 09:31, 4 June 2006 (CDT)

I was waiting for OpenID before I stopped using the sforgau account, but as that seems best left until Mediawiki incorporates it (shortly, I believe), I've now created by own login. To date, it seems I'm about the only person who's done much editing as the sforgau user in any case. — JEREMY 06:42, 24 June 2006 (CDT)

Should we have an area for newsletters? Given that the bullsheet appears to have come back from hiatus? Ariaflame 06:47, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Absolutely. Please feel free to add a newsletters section (and link it from the Main Page). — JEREMY 07:05, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
In fact, Tony Peacey has been busy uploading scans of Cygnetures recently, and created an appropriate section for Australian Fanzines on the Main page. — JEREMY 07:10, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Hey, I've collected a bunch of con-running information and am having some trouble deciding where to put it. Can we reorganise a bit? The front page being the front page, I'm reluctant to just jump in. But I'm thinking we could have a section for Conventions, containing Natcons, all the current regional cons, and Convention running - which is to say, an updated Red Book. Emilly 04:44, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

The front page has grown organically; the Fanzines section was just added in recently, for example. Reorganising it would be a great idea. We should probably plan that out here on the Talk page first, though.
So, here are the current sections:
  • Awards
  • People
  • Fanzines
  • Natcon
  • Swancon
Would something like this meet your requirements?
  • Awards
  • People
  • Fanzines
  • Conventions
    • Natcon
    • Regional Conventions
      • Continuum
      • Conflux
      • Conjure
      • Convergence
      • Discon
      • Genghiscon
      • Swancon
      • Thylacon
      • etc.
  • Organisations
    • ASFF
    • Continuum Foundation
    • VSFC
    • WASFF
  • Clubs and Societies
    • MSFC
    • Westrek
    • UniSFA
    • etc.
Of course, a. we could re-order the sections, perhaps more appropriately; b. that's going to lengthen an already long page, so I think we should probably start pushing some of these links off to Category pages (eg. Natcon, Convention organisation) which we link from the main page. — JEREMY 06:14, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
Hmm, thewiki ate my comment. A space for regional cons deinite plus! Perhaps group them by region? (I'd though the front page a little unwieldy and had already hesitated to add something like the Standing Rules of natconcom to the front page.) So, I propose a slight diff to JEREMY's layout (adding a spot for the Emilly's conrunning stuff) -
  • Conventions
    • Natcon
    • Regional Conventions
    • Running Conventions
PeterLyons 06:47, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
Assuming you're thinking of using Category links thus:
wfm. — JEREMY 08:02, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
I'd just not wanted to repeat the list of cons :). Plus was still grappling with grouping by state layout, which I think is a fail, better to keep cons alphabetical if they are on the main page.
However, like the idea of category links (could/should we sort the convention page by state?). PeterLyons 08:31, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
I agree! Emilly 23:46, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

And, outwith the conventions, perhaps:

Australian Fandom (this was the category heading i couldn't decide on)
Australian Fanzines - a link to the list of efanzines links
Australian Clubs & Societies - a category page? am still stumbling around wikiformat etc

such that the lists of each aren't on the front page.Emilly 23:46, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

That sounds good to me. The simpler and clearer the front page, the better. Category pages are more difficult to lay out neatly, and are essentially just collections of article titles (although they do have an introductory header section which makes them a bit more like articles). A "list page" would work best for the Fanzines, because few of them have their own articles on the wiki. — JEREMY 02:53, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
So, both convention pages would work as Category pages, but article pages for natcon and convention running (depending on how Emilly wants to organize it)? PeterLyons 04:44, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
As you can see from the fact that it's a redlink (or by clicking though), Regional conventions currently has no entries (although there is a Swancon article which could be categorised into it) while Running conventions is already a category, like Natcon. — JEREMY 04:55, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
Drop the Australian from the second level category headings as being redundant? Organizations probably belongs there too. PeterLyons 04:44, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
Yes. — JEREMY 04:55, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

What's fun, of course, is that I can spend all day re-arranging structures and hardly add any content at all. Emilly 04:21, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Sometimes, structure is content. — JEREMY 05:33, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Front page reorganisation

It's a lot better now, but we need to do a few things.

  1. Work out where Awards goes (hive off the content and position it somewhere)
  2. Re-add some links to lower-level stuff (maybe as comma-separated lists)
  3. Perhaps restructure a little more by adding some text and perhaps images to the sections

Also, we might want to start archiving this discussion page. :) — JEREMY 15:22, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Can we just make awards a category & pull all the links off the front page onto the Awards category page?Emilly 01:50, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
It would need to be a page, like Fanzines--too many external links. — JEREMY 03:23, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
Started, but ergh. Unsure of fmt or categorisation on front page now, although i guess we will have more sections soon enough? Emilly 01:50, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
Also, was tempted to copy over some of the content from wp so that we have our own page for the ditmars. Emilly 01:50, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
If you copy the whole article, we can probably work on it to make our definitive, then update WP from here (including a backlink). — JEREMY 03:23, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
started. Emilly 01:50, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
(I almost collapsed the long reorg discussion yesterday only we don't have the template here. I guess subpages would do.)Emilly 02:25, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
Feel free to add the template. (Warning: this may lead you into an endless series of interconnected sub-templates.) — JEREMY 03:23, 5 May 2011 (UTC)
Is why I didn't yesterday! also I had to work. Emilly 01:50, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
Another warning: Some templates require the MediaWiki ParserFunctions extension — Thomas Bull 13:52, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
Good point. But I'm happy to install any extensions we need; just put requests here. Do we need ParserFunctions? — JEREMY 14:30, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
ParserFunctions installed. — JEREMY 14:39, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. Could you also upgrade to a version of MediaWiki (e.g., MediaWiki 1.6) that supports the safesubst: modifier? — Thomas Bull 21:37, 7 May 2011 (UTC)
Eek; that's a much bigger job... OK, I'll try to get that done asap. — JEREMY 03:48, 8 May 2011 (UTC)
Done: we're now running 1.17beta. (I had some trouble with an extension, but have hacked it to work again.) I haven't tested everything fully though, so please report anything unusual. — JEREMY 11:15, 8 May 2011 (CDT)

Jeremy said: "Re-add some links to lower-level stuff (maybe as comma-separated lists)". I've done that for Regional Conventions. If people don't like it, feel free to remove it. The list would be shorter if I restricted it to just the ones that currently have articles. It would be redder if I linkified them all. Hmm. DougBurbidge 08:13, 23 May 2011 (CDT)

I think that's valuable (and it might be worth redlinking them to encourage others). Some fancier formatting (eg. indenting them on a separate line) and maybe some short framing-text (eg. "Regional conventions include...") plus perhaps the relevant States in brackets, could start to make the front page look less spartan without blowing out its length again. — JEREMY 08:39, 23 May 2011 (CDT)
I listified some more things. I kept the text very terse, and didn't indent on a separate line -- if you'd like to do that, feel free. I was trying to keep each list short enough to fit on one line on a 1024 pixel monitor; I have not quite succeeded. DougBurbidge 00:45, 28 May 2011 (CDT)