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Woha, the main page looks awesome, great work guys!

Top navbox

Could we remove the events section as with the new calender it is rather redundant. Perhaps we could replace it with something else?

The thing is that the google calendar widget doesn't actually link to the wiki page about the event. If it did, it would truly make the top box redundant -- Madcowswe 22:44, 30 September 2011 (BST)
Ah yes, good point. Is there a way to make it link to the wiki page then? Aswissrole 07:47, 1 October 2011 (BST)
I dont think there is, but there are some calendars we can add besides Google Calendar. I think the one we have now is better personally, but you can see some others here; [1] George 20:02, 1 October 2011 (BST)
I think we can leave it the way it is for now: it looks a bit redundant, but it will allow people to navigate at the top, and keep track of the times at the right. -- Madcowswe 00:27, 2 October 2011 (BST)

Main navbox

Maybe we should set up a main navbox to be at the bottom of every page, to help users navigate around through the main sections. I was thinking just an expandable one that discreetly says "navigation" or something, and will be sort of a site map/navigation for the entire wiki, so that you can quickly jump to a different section. Or is this idea a bit overkill/unnecessary? Madcowswe 23:47, 13 September 2011 (BST)

Or even just stick it where the "General" title is now. I mean, most people use the main page to get somewhere else, whats better than a navbox right in your face? Please comment! Madcowswe 23:04, 15 September 2011 (BST)
Yea, I think that's a really cool idea. I don't know how to make Naviboxes tho so you'll have to ask George, or wait for him to read this... Aswissrole 23:33, 15 September 2011 (BST)
Ok, so when I get the time, i can make a main navbox. Madcowswe 07:23, 16 September 2011 (BST)
I don't really think it works too well. I feel navbox seems to assume that the user knows the structure of the wiki, and then provides a condensed pile of links for them. The main page should be more newbie friendly, with less links and more description. --Harry 12:10, 18 September 2011 (BST)
How about at the bottom of the page? I think when we get the collapse feature to work so that it starts collapsed, it wont be so daunting for new users, even it it is at its current location. The point is that i feel that its good to have some sort of site map or easy to use index of the stuff to get to it quickly. A nice jumptable so to speak ;D Madcowswe 13:04, 18 September 2011 (BST)

Preview your changes

Guys, please preview your changes before committing, such that we don't spam the changelog, as at least I use the changelog to see whats been going on, and its a bit annoying if its full of 20 edits of the same thing...

Btw, there is an "Enhanced recent changes" in the user preferences so that multiple changes on the same day are stacked!

Hiding specific content

I have devised a cunning way of hiding specific content from the public, and making it only available to members (the wiki doesn't support this for specific content well or securely). There is a separate version of the wiki at http://test.icrobotics.co.uk/wiki/ that will always require you to login before seeing any page. If a specific item is supposed to be for members only, create a page for it on the other test version of the wiki, then link to it from the main one. George 22:43, 3 October 2011 (BST)

That is a neat way of doing it! Will the "test" version contain a copy of the other pages? Or will links in the hidden version automatically link back to the regular wiki? -- Madcowswe 23:26, 5 October 2011 (BST)

Todo List for General Wiki Stuff

TODO: Make an informal list of ICRS rules ( Harry Eakins )
TODO: Fix "Join the ICRS mailing list" and "Become a member!" links ( George Walton )
TODO: Finish the constitution ( Harry Eakins )