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Re: [Fwd: Re: Improvements of the website]

On Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 09:46:23AM +0200, Wojciech Zareba wrote:
> Our company has used Debian since few yaears, but I never needed to visit 
> Debian pages for security updates, documetation, etc. I had only two 
> reasons: to read news about new releases and changes, and to download new 
> testing netinst images. And then I ever thought: why Debian pages makes it 
> so hard, most pages make it as easy as possible.

Probably because we do not have good "usage patterns" that could make us

- how often the website is being used
- what sections are used most
- what sections are difficult to navigate to 
- what sections are directly exposed through Google and people go directly to
  (as opposed to through the navigation)

There has not been an effort by anyone in the -www group, that I remember, to
pester DSA and mirror admins to get the website logs, aggregate them and use
some statistics and web oriented tools to get some usage information [1]. With
this information in hand one can make *qualified* suggestions related to what
items to highlight, what items to remove from the menu list, what items to
link better, what items to "hide", etc, etc.

IMHO the problem with the current website is not the look in itself, but the
fact that users have a difficult time navigating it or finding specific
information in it. 



[1] This could be done, independently from DSA and website mirror admins
through "hidden" web bugs but I'd rather we avoid them.

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