Talk:Welcome to PortlandWiki The community-powered knowledge commons for Portland Oregon

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Looking for discussions that used to be here? All discussions not related to the main page (PortlandWiki) have been moved to PortlandWiki talk:Community Portal.

Main page issues

As of January 5, 2010 (Happy New Year, by the way), looks like significant (template?) errors on main page. Perhaps discuss at this week's WikiWednesday? -WikiMaster (talk) 16:58, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

Main page drafts

The current homepage is good for us wiki-folk in the planning stages, but it's sort of plain and not very appealing, aesthetically. I think we should put up a more user-friendly main page before we "launch" the wiki. Therefore, I've come up with a very basic draft: Portland Wiki/Draft 1. It's mostly to get some ideas and structure down.

What do you folks think? We should come up with more drafts/ideas to choose from, if people are willing. -Kotra 20:57, 8 October 2009 (UTC)

Draft 2

Mark Dilley and Dave Myers set up a draft main page yesterday. I think it's a good start, looks nice, clean, functional. It looks a little too derivative of other wikis to me though... people will look at it and think "oh, it's just like Wikipedia" or such. So I would suggest at least some cosmetic changes. How should we proceed with making changes? I think discussion is important here especially in this early stage so we don't step on each others' toes. -Kotra 17:14, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Oh! Sorry, my toes are fine by the way. I meant just in case. -Kotra 05:13, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I agree with Kotra - that the page looks to Wikipedia like - please, anyone feel free to work on it. ~~ MarkDilley

Move planning somewhere else?

Would it be appropriate to move all the wiki planning stuff on this talk page and the main page somewhere else, like a PortlandWiki:Planning page or the PortlandWiki:Community Portal page linked in the navigation box on the left? In the more prominent wikis I think normally this page is reserved for discussion having to do with the main page. -Kotra 21:01, 8 October 2009 (UTC)

Since the stuff on the main page has been moved to PortlandWiki:Community Portal, my vote is to move the stuff unrelated to the main page on this talk page to PortlandWiki talk:Community Portal. -Kotra 17:24, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
I agree about moving it. there is an overwhelming amount of information and it might be helpful to break it out a little. --Psychomia 22:39, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
Ok, I've moved all the stuff about planning and the wiki to PortlandWiki talk:Community Portal, leaving just the stuff about the main page, PortlandWiki, and this page (Talk:PortlandWiki) here. Anyone feel free to revert me or comment here if this is undesirable! -kotra 21:33, 10 November 2009 (UTC)


SO MANY LOLS IT"S NOT FUNNY! :) Michael (talk)

Just helping out Portland's public image! We can always use more cold, wet, disappointed tourists. -kotra (talk) 22:35, 22 December 2009 (UTC)

A news item for the main page? Good idea Michael. I've added it. Eventually we'll probably want to devise some sort of system for adding recent news (maybe there's a Google News aggregator for the search term "Portland, Oregon" we could use) but manually adding news articles as we feel like it is probably fine for now. -kotra (talk) 09:17, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
Hmm. We have both a "Recent Developments" section and a "News" section that seem to be both used for Portland-related news. I think the "Recent Developments" section was originally supposed to be updates on the workings of the wiki. I propose we eliminate it for now since it's not being used for that purpose. I've just gone ahead and done that but feel free to revert if you disagree. -kotra (talk) 05:09, 25 December 2009 (UTC)
Also I wonder if it would be a good idea to transclude the News page into the News section, by typing {{:News}}, like this:

Channel 6 Portland - Your best option for news, weather, stock market quotes, sports and local events.

Channel 12 Portland - Local news and human interest stories for local residents!

See also

That way whenever we update the News page it automatically shows up on the main page too. The idea is that we wouldn't have to update it in both places. -kotra (talk) 05:09, 25 December 2009 (UTC)