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Discussions about the old layout of the Main Page have been archived.

New Version of Main Page

What exactly is being redone? My suggestion would be, as Swilatia mentioned on Template talk:Currencies, to change the featured article more often. In order to promote better articles and recognition of article quality, I believe there should be some more "meta-" work going on behind the scenes: there's a hazy netherworld of backup in the featured-article area (and pages for deletion, as well, which is why a fifth sysop would be a good idea as mentioned).--Ember Nickel 16:37, 4 March 2007 (GMT)

The two ideas for a new main page are linked above, but I'll put them here as well. Main Page/Jey and User:Swilatia/Main Page Idea. (( Pacitalkia )) Time sent: 17:21, 4 March 2007 (GMT)
Ah, thanks. I like Swilatia's navigation system in the top right: however, Swilatia's bold "not affiliated with Nationstates or Jolt" and Jey's white space are both jarring. (I know we have a disclaimer like Swilatia's now and it's important-maybe the right alignment is odd?)--Ember Nickel 18:06, 4 March 2007 (GMT)
I have a slight preference for Jey's, but they're both good. And yes, changing the featured article fairly often would be a good idea. Aridd 17:40, 4 March 2007 (GMT)
I'm glad to see nitpicking on these layouts: that's exactly what we should be doing. I think the best thing to do would be to implement one of the two suggested new looks and then proceed on making the minor cosmetic and formatting changes based on user suggestions, plus start adding in metacode and fancy whatchamacallits after where applicable. So, let's save votes for the actual ballot. And, for the record, we should be rotating the featured articles every 60 days, to cite convention. (( Pacitalkia )) Time sent: 18:40, 4 March 2007 (GMT)
Where is the convention?--Ember Nickel 23:42, 4 March 2007 (GMT)
Well, considering that convention is defined as something that is followed but not written down, I'd say you'd have a hard time finding it. =p We've just always seemed to change it every 60 days or so, unless we're lazy. But that's not to say we can't rotate the front page content more or less often. (( Pacitalkia )) Time sent: 03:37, 5 March 2007 (GMT)

30 days would seem more logical to me. For the record, I see the sense in Swilatia's choice; it does look neater, and the link is hard to miss. But... I personally feel the Main Page itself should contain "getting started" information, so that the Main Page is particularly helpful to new users. To me, it's one of the most important aspects. That's just my highly subjective view, of course. Aridd 18:56, 4 March 2007 (GMT)

The current layout of the Main Page is something I worked out a couple years ago. It's WAAY overdue for replacement. Somebody just do it - it's time. If people don't like it, try something different.
I used to change the featured article every week or two, and the tip of the day ... well, daily. Honestly, it was too much work, and I gave it up. I did write up some instructions on how to replace both featured articles and TotD, but I don't remember where I put them. Oh well. - Fris 02:24, 8 March 2007 (GMT)
This FA has been up since October 22.--Ember Nickel 00:59, 11 March 2007 (GMT)

I'm leaning more so towards Swil's main page. It has a very user-friendly nav bar at the top. Asgarnieu 01:55, 21 March 2007 (GMT)

So, since the discussion here is about which of the two (if either) i'm thinking that unless some-one else has their new main page idea, we should put up a poll for which one we will be using, with these two main page ideas, and the one currently used, being options. --swilatia 11:02, 21 March 2007 (GMT)

Yeah, that'd be a great idea. I'm all for it. VOTE!!! Asgarnieu 01:55, 21 March 2007 (GMT)

So, it's been a month now. Should we make a poll or not? --swilatia 20:58, 26 April 2007 (GMT)

I'm not so much in favor of making a poll--I think we should just implement the positives of both Swilatia's and my test main pages. I edited my suggested main page to include Swilatia's top boxes and portal layout because I think they are more helpful for new users and informative. I've also made some updated changes to my page, which can be seen here. °Jey° 01:40, 16 May 2007 (GMT)
Ok, I think there has been sufficient time to submit new main page layout ideas. I'm going to go ahead and create a poll for the new main page layout with three options: my version, Swilatia's version, and the version I referenced in my previous post which combined the two. °Jey° 01:20, 21 June 2007 (GMT)


NSeconomy is broken. Has been broken for a long time. Will it be removed from the regional template? Yeah i know it's a pity, it was nice, but since it doesn't work anymore... --Lo'oris - ロホリス 00:48, 27 March 2007 (GMT)

Inability to access from home

For about a month or so I have been unable to access this wiki from home. I contacted my ISP, who says that the problem is a routing issue in Germany. The tech support guy said he would contact the site, but I have not heard back from him yet, so I wanted to be sure that this was brought to the attention of the NSWiki staff.

Sorry, forgot to log in.

--Kedalfax 15:25, 25 April 2007 (GMT)

It seems to be working now. I hope it stays working this time. :p

--Kedalfax 17:28, 29 April 2007 (GMT)

Featured Articles update

When will the next Featured Article in the queue be posted? That Great Southern War article seems to have been featured for quite a few months now... not that there's anything wrong with the article itself, it'd just be nice to have something new to look at on the main page, that's all... Bettia 13:56, 28 June 2007 (GMT)

The feature's going to change soon. i'm in the process of selecting which sections to put on the main page. --swilatia 00:38, 29 June 2007 (GMT)

I've changed the featured article now to Pantocratoria, and plan to keep this a monthly process. °Jey° 01:30, 20 July 2007 (GMT)

FA Queue skipped

Are we to conclude that the FA Queue is not to be respected and everybody is welcome to update the Main Page as is deemed fit? Jester 04:19, 22 September 2007 (GMT)

  • Ah, I didn't notice that the FAC has been put up in 2005 for the article, despite it having only 10 votes. As such, above comment withdrawn. Sorry for the bother. Jester 04:23, 22 September 2007 (GMT)

"Getting Started" Page

The last thing that needs to be finished for the new Main Page is the creation of the Getting Started page. °Jey° 02:28, 29 June 2007 (GMT)

This page is no longer needed. °Jey° 19:05, 29 June 2007 (GMT)

SVG Images

I would like to see support for SVG images and vector maps please.

Thanks, --Marian 10:12, 31 October 2007 (GMT)

Spelling mistake

I have spotted a spelling mistake at the slogan, 'the NationStates encyclopdia'. It should read 'the NationStates encyclopedia'.


--Marian 19:49, 5 November 2007 (GMT)