New Magazine theme

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 21:29:00 UTC 2015


On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 09:49:05AM -0400, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> On 03/09/2015 05:58 PM, Zacharias Mitzelos wrote:
> >Where do you think we should place the
> >Categories of the Magazine? In our current theme, we've placed them next
> >to the Magazine logo. Any ideas? I really like that the top blue bar is
> >empty though, and contains only the logo and the social media buttons.
> 
> I gave Ryan some feedback while he was working on this and recommended that
> we just drop the categories. We talked it over at length and concluded it
> was the best way to go. The problem with our current categories is that for
> the most part they are audience-focused, eg "For Contributors" "For users."
> But we couldn't find any examples of magazines online that do this - online
> magazines use topical categories, not audience-based ones. Let your readers
> decide what they are interested in instead of choosing for them - if you
> really feel the need to have a dividing line like that it'd make more sense
> to have a separate publication for each audience.
> 
> The other thing is that a lot of users hitting Fedora magazine posts, based
> on our referral logs, are coming from start.fpo in which case we have a far
> more powerful way to direct them to other content they'd be most interested
> in on the site - we know they clicked on the link to the article they're
> viewing, so if we want to keep them on the site and pursuing around we'd
> best offer articles related to or similar to that. You can see Ryan
> exploited this in the design by having related posts as the most visible
> piece of content besides the article content in the upper right side of the
> article display; recent posts are below that which - in part - helps the
> users understand this is a living site and actively updated so they know
> they can visit again to get more, newer content later.
> 
> Make sense?

It does.  One of my concerns has been the invasion of inward-looking
Fedora community articles, which seem out of place for appealing to a
broad audience.  (e.g. "What's FESCo?")  At first the idea of a
separate site appeals to me.

However, it would be interesting to see if the bit of redesign you
raised -- the related content feeds -- would serve that purpose
partly.  On top of that, we could base the front page's feed on a
desired topic, as opposed to just "latest news."

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