New Magazine theme

Ryan Lerch rlerch at
Tue Mar 10 21:55:39 UTC 2015

On 03/10/2015 05:29 PM, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> 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.

I really like this idea. It would allow us to have select content about 
the community on the user-facing site, with a link to the post on the 
community-focussed site.


> 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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