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  1. Discussion
  2. Proposal: A Realtime "Developing Events" Discussion Area
  3. Proposal: Explore/Public Safety
  4. Proposal: Grand Openings
  5. Proposal: Davis Issues
  6. Proposal: Frontpage information campaign for 1GB/second internet in Davis.
  7. Proposal: Simplify the Front Page
  8. Archived Data
  9. Proposal: Active Updates
  10. Random Entry
  11. Proposal: Label programs subsidized by ASUCD
  12. Two minor rewrites of top "About Davis Wiki and Wiki Spot" paragraph
  13. Made a change without mentioning it here first.
  14. Community Alert Pushes Down
  15. Proposal to Save Space
  16. Community Portal
  17. New Front Page Layout causing People to Miss Whole Site
  18. Proposal: Weather on the front page
  19. Please add Books about Davis
  20. Proposal

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What does everyone think about emphasizing the editablity of the wiki right up at the top of the front page? I think it's important that people know this is a people-created guide, perhaps?
I Don't know what we do how protect our Davis Citizen .We use taxi and some time we don't chack taxi have right permit or insurance (need taxi commercial insurance ).i am thinking city had do some to protect citizen they issue city taxi permit .And check insurance .

I think we Davis residence and we sport that who work in Davis make sour they have Davis business permit. So I Notice some taxi in Davis They don't have business permit.

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Proposal: A Realtime "Developing Events" Discussion Area

We need an area to go to when there are unfolding events. Last night there was a helicopter hovering over campus for an hour. I would like to have had a forum to go to where someone posts what is going on (it was the arrests of protesters of fee increases). This discussion area would be for current "developing events" only. Any realtime (currently happening) event could be posted, i.e. concerts, police activity, etc.

Proposal: Explore/Public Safety

We neet to add a Public Safety category to the front page - with links to all of the pages reqarding this i.e. Police, Fire, Yolo County Court, etc. for both Davis and UCD — SharlaDaly

Proposal: Grand Openings

Hello! I suggest that there be a page for "["Grand Openings"]", including the category of businesses. Would someone like to make it? Thanks. —BruceHansen

Proposal: Davis Issues

Based on the discussion on FAQ Davis Issues has been created, but not included on the Front page.

2010-02-25 00:59:28   There needs to be a Davis Issues section on the front page. I very much like the Featured Page, but something simple with say the latest 20 issue links to their pages and a link to old issues would be great. Since the Davis Wiki is a community site it would make sense to have something with current issues going on and just have links like the Explore section has. For example, say a high amount of lead was found in the Davis drinking water and users created a page talking about the issue, what's going on, who does what at the city, history of water issues in Davis, etc. A link to "Lead In Davis Drinking Water" would be in this section of issues and visitors could quickly see what is going on. I believe this would be a great benefit to Wiki visitors and the Davis community in general. —RiotInDavis

So here's the current list:

probably need two more for this to be a good section. We can always try it out for a bit and if it doesn't work ditch it.

2010-02-27 12:31:41   Probably need to think about some sort of way of moving issues between current and archived, but with a way to denote those that are likely to recur like voting about widening the Richards Boulevard underpass which has happened four times already and will likely be an issue again in the future. Some sort of timeline would be nice that could capture the overlap and lifespan of these issues. —JasonAller

2010-03-01 23:17:11   Does anyone have a preference where this section goes on the Front Page? —JasonAller

Proposal: Frontpage information campaign for 1GB/second internet in Davis.

Google made a big announcement today which you can check out on the [WWW]official google blog. The gist of it is that they plan on providing affordable internet access at over 100 times what we're used to for broadband in a few select communities. They're soliciting suggestions for the communities and I propose that we temporarily add something to the frontpage of the wiki to spread information about this and encourage people to submit recommendations (youtube videos and other creative submissions are encouraged). I think that the wiki itself is actually one of the big points in favor of choosing Davis; we're already using the internet in creative ways to further our community. I think that we should put some thought into exactly how we present this before we do. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Would anybody be interested in contributing in other ways to help make this happen (designing posters, writing an article for the Aggie, etc...)? —foo

I'm not sure what should be under 'Explore' (or if the word 'Explore' should be changed or how it could be improved). There could be a new general heading under 'Explore' called 'Enterprises' which would include 'Construction'. —BruceHansen

Instead of at the bottom of the Front page there being just a link to a 'title index' there shoud be an index ('site index'?) which includes the headings under 'Explore' etc.. This index would include the contents of the 'title index' and could have a link to the 'title index'. —BruceHansen

Proposal: Simplify the Front Page

Make the page look more like Google. That is all. —RadioNinja

Who wants to make a page where people can posts "Looking for roommates" and etc? — JiLiang

The "Getting Started" section may as well not be there, it's buried too far down to be seen or of use for probably nearly everyone's monitor/window size.

Can we get a new featured article? the T-shirt contest ended... —StevenDaubert

search button is needed in the new format. It is one of the most important things on the wiki. —MattHh

It's like saying "Black top is good for your health because it contains amino acids". It's not because some thing contains some good nutrients that it is good. It can have negative effects on your health because of other elements as it is the case for alcohol. The bad effect far outweigh any "good" effect of alcohol. — Michael777

Archived Data

Is the Davis Wiki archived anywhere? I've done a bunch of historical research in Davis for the 1960s, and there's not a lot of info on the day-to-day happenings. We'd be doing future Davisites a favor by archiving the entire wiki once every three months or so. Just store it somewhere for now, no need to put it online until it's a couple years old. —TedBuehler

Unless somebody thinks this thread belongs here, it might be a good idea to move it to one of the Wiki Community sections, as it doesn't actually relate to the Front Page —jw

Proposal: Active Updates

I'm thinking of moving Lost Pets, Roommates Wanted, Where Can I ... and other 'active engagement' entries to up by events. Are there any others that would make sense? What about Wiki Community, or is that too 'meta'? I'm trying to bring up and highlight the dynamic, continuously updated and/or back and forth entries that are actually being updated on a semi-regular basis (and hopefully by highlighting them they will benefit directly, and they will encourage readers to figure out that they can edit the wiki). Basically, things similar to events in that checking in on them on a semi-regular basis will bring up new things. —jw

Random Entry

BrianJKenyon has removed the random entry link a couple times. I'm hesitant to readd it again just because it violates my rule of thumb regarding back and forth editing. What do others think? Should it stay or should it go? Brian's had some pretty strong words about it in the changelog: "Random entries serve no purpose and are condescending to readers". Personally I feel it's a nice way to jump into the wiki at a point that you might not have intentionally gone to and discover a new aspect of Davis. Kind of like flipping through a magazine randomly for an article. It's a fairly natural way to read something like a Fodors or a Reader's Digest. If only the wiki were installed in public restrooms around Davis... —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

Proposal: Label programs subsidized by ASUCD

Two minor rewrites of top "About Davis Wiki and Wiki Spot" paragraph

[WWW]Here is the first change. Basically to note the passing of the five years public mark (which occurred about three months ago, I think), plus to clarify the relationship to Wiki Spot. -jw

[WWW]Here is the second change. Pulls the link for two year old update into the text itself, and adds a link to Welcome to the wiki, which is a reasonable help entry. This is likely a bit more questionable than the above (at least in my mind), as we now have a link to the Introduction and to a self described primer. Of course, having both an introduction about what the wiki is, and also a primer explaining how to get involved makes sense enough to me to include both. It would probably be a good idea to take a look again at those two entries with an eye toward being clear and simple with links to more help or information (as I type this, I don't think they even cross link). -jw

Made a change without mentioning it here first.

I didn't read this page recently. I just went ahead and removed the heading 'Outreach!' with its comment that was in the 'Wiki News' section. Made a new 'Announcements' section (and necessary new 'Announcements' page with the former 'Outreach!' comment. This probably isn't the best resolution to having an 'Outreach!' heading, but I feel that it is an improvement.

Community Alert Pushes Down

Today's protest (2010-03-04) is generating quite a few updates that is pushing down content. If somebody with strong WikiFu can realign that, it would be good. It's a pretty tricky edit, but it won't affect updates. At some point soon, it'll be whisked to another entry, but for other, similar major events, it would be a good idea if that can grow. When the "big one" hits or there's a zombie invasion, you know... -jw

Proposal to Save Space

Make links for: 'Nearby Wikis', 'Wiki News', and 'Hints for Editing' —11:40 pm 2/4/2010 BruceHansen

Community Portal

I'm not in full-blown copywriting mode, but anyway, I was just thinking that maybe the intro paragraph/s could be reworked so the "community" link is more prominent, seeing that it does serve as a portal-like destination. "Findability" and all. It did take me a while to find the general discussion page when I first evolved from lurker to gnome, and scrizer would probably agree with me that it's not the easiest thing in the world to find if you never knew it existed.
Additionally, perhaps the "hints for editing" section at the bottom could be cleaned up, maybe consolidated with other various style guides lying around. My current impression of the help pages is that it's kind of... well, there are bits and pieces of useful information floating around multiple pages. Admittedly, I have not yet thoroughly went through all of them (partly so that my impression closely mirrors the more casual editors who aren't necessarily going to take the time to sift through all the editing help/style guides/etc).

New Front Page Layout causing People to Miss Whole Site

I'm on the phone with my father, and he's the third person who couldn't figure out what the Davis Wiki was in the last couple days, saying "all I see is a plea to donate and a picture of a fire hydrant". One person (who is an award winning journalist) left the site and emailed me back telling me to let them know when there was some content.

Can we please move that darn video into a sidebar so people new to the wiki can find the actual wiki itself? The size and position seems to be causing serious confusion, despite the awesomeness it carries. Maybe replace the featured page? —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

I don't think it's a good idea to have two big donate bars and the video all preceding any content. I'm with JW, we need to have a sidebar with that, with the main welcome to the wiki also at the top. Sooner than later, with NYT traffic showing up. It's kinda tacky asking people to donate twice before they even see the wiki. —TomGarberson

I know I've seen a little compilation of stats about the wiki - number of users, number of pages, that kind of stuff. The number of Davisites who use the wiki as listed in the LocalWiki announcement blew my mind. Would it be worth highlighting that on the front page? It's the sort of thing that's likely to catch the eye—whether for random passersby or for journalists checking out the site. —TomGarberson

I'm experimenting with reverting it back to the larger-video format. Rationale: There are less external-to-davis-wiki visitors coming in right now. The other video format, in the featured page spot, led to significantly decreased video views (check the stats on vimeo) I think we should mix this up a bunch- so if this is causing widespread confusion again we can revert it back in a day. I just want us to experiment so we find the most effective placement.

It's also less 'big' than it was with the two-bars with NYT info and the other donate bar. I have a really tiny screen and, even on my display, it's very obvious that you can scroll down to view material. —PhilipNeustrom

Ok, now that we did it can we please shrink the banner back to something smaller at least? I've been annoyed by it since it first went up! (to the point I thought about jokingly suggesting that we increase it 5 pixels a day till the deadline, but I was worried someone would have taken the suggestion seriously) —WH

Any thoughts on how long the fundraiser notices should stay up? It's tough for me because I check the wiki daily, and I think we want most people to catch the notice. It's worth celebrating; but you don't want to have your Christmas tree up in April. ;) —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

Anybody else think it is time to remove the inside page notices? Possibly find a permanent place for the front page notice? It feels like it has crossed the eyeballs of anybody who visits the wiki, and isn't going to add much from here on out. Removing it now rather than six months from now will help in the nine to ten months from now when the 2011 fundraising begins. I don't want the wiki to get the a "perpetual pledge drive" vibe that makes people not take notice when we are fundraising. —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

I feel like the edit war on the front page is out of hand. We should lock it down, have an extended and tedious conversation, maybe alienate a longtimer or two, and just generally get bogged down in tangents both technical and philosophical. In four days or so, when everyone's sick to death of it, let's compromise, and leave this page up as a remembrance of the good ol' times. At some indeterminate point in the future, we can have another tedious and frustrating conversation about whether or not to delete the first talk page. ;]—JoePomidor

It would be nice to have a more active Davis Wiki Chat. For chatting about Davis and the wiki. Would it be ok if I put the [WWW] link on the front page, see what happens? If so, where on the page should it go? —Angel.York

Proposal: Weather on the front page

There is an html sticker for Wunderground weather in Davis. Could we nestle it into the front page? —resincakes

Can we hide the community alert? It's getting big, outdated and it loses it value constantly being up there.

Please add Books about Davis the Front Page.

See this link:

Books about DavisHiramJackson

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