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::I've thought of something that would benefit from Semantic tagging: articles/info about specific patents.  I'm currently reluctant to start doing pages about individual patents since I'm not sure the effort will actually produce anything searchable, but maybe it could be worthwhile with Semantic tagging. thinking... [[User:Ciaran|Ciaran]] 18:49, 24 May 2009 (EDT)
 
::I've thought of something that would benefit from Semantic tagging: articles/info about specific patents.  I'm currently reluctant to start doing pages about individual patents since I'm not sure the effort will actually produce anything searchable, but maybe it could be worthwhile with Semantic tagging. thinking... [[User:Ciaran|Ciaran]] 18:49, 24 May 2009 (EDT)
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I mean now it's a giant collection of ''hyperlinked'' pages. I think it would be useful if there was a clear "start here" page which would ''linearly'', logically and concisely present the entire subject and lead the reader thru all the key points. The main page would be an obvious candidate for this or perhaps just a prominently displayed link on the main page. Now it seems that the whole issue is so very complicated nobody really understands it. Of course, that's not too far from truth but in order to get people actually read what it is all about and think about the message we're trying to send, I think this is needed. I've used computers daily since I was 7, that's some 23 years now and I still find hyperlinked documents slightly confusing, I believe many people with less computing experience to suffer from it even more. Thanks for all the wonderful work towards this very important goal! [[Special:Contributions/85.76.96.57|85.76.96.57]] 05:54, 25 May 2010 (UTC)
  
 
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Revision as of 01:54, 25 May 2010

Ideas for improvement

Note: for questions that are not about the Main Page, please use Discuss this wiki.

Better use of space

A lot of what people see on arrival to this page is white space/TOC. Consider disabling/pruning the TOC and using a table to fill top of page completely. Color's good too. See wikipedia's English Main page for an example.

Ok, trying this now... Ciaran 11:13, 17 May 2009 (EDT)
Harder than it looks. Right now I'm still messing around with reformatting those lists into blocks. Here's my draft: User:Ciaran/test new main page. Ciaran 17:58, 20 May 2009 (EDT)
See also User:Ciaran/alt test for main page with simplified markup. 83.104.46.71 07:28, 25 May 2009 (EDT)
Great. That's exactly what I was trying to do. Ciaran 10:39, 25 May 2009 (EDT)

Done. Well, I have left the original section levels for now. Steelpillow 17:02, 25 May 2009 (EDT)

Semantic MediaWiki

For certain types of resources, you might want to consider using Semantic MediaWiki and the Semantic Forms extension. You might want to check out http://textbookrevolution.org and http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Case_Studies as a couple ways it can be used. It makes it easy to enter (form-based) structured data and easy to query the data and display it in various ways. You can also export data (JSON, CSV, RDF, etc).

Thanks. Forms and tagging are two features I'd be interested in in the future. For now, I want to keep it as simple as possible and as familiar as possible for contributors to existing MediaWikis.
For anyone interested in this, here's page using Semantic MediaWiki: [1] (note the "edit" and the "edit source" buttons).
Ciaran 03:33, 6 May 2009 (EDT)
I've thought of something that would benefit from Semantic tagging: articles/info about specific patents. I'm currently reluctant to start doing pages about individual patents since I'm not sure the effort will actually produce anything searchable, but maybe it could be worthwhile with Semantic tagging. thinking... Ciaran 18:49, 24 May 2009 (EDT)

"Make it a story"

I mean now it's a giant collection of hyperlinked pages. I think it would be useful if there was a clear "start here" page which would linearly, logically and concisely present the entire subject and lead the reader thru all the key points. The main page would be an obvious candidate for this or perhaps just a prominently displayed link on the main page. Now it seems that the whole issue is so very complicated nobody really understands it. Of course, that's not too far from truth but in order to get people actually read what it is all about and think about the message we're trying to send, I think this is needed. I've used computers daily since I was 7, that's some 23 years now and I still find hyperlinked documents slightly confusing, I believe many people with less computing experience to suffer from it even more. Thanks for all the wonderful work towards this very important goal! 85.76.96.57 05:54, 25 May 2010 (UTC)

section for External links

There was a good list of external links added to the Main Page. Having external links on the main page is a bad idea, but the list itself is good so I've added it to the Sources of software patent news page.

I've removed a list of links to blogs and the USPTO from the front page. The USPTO website can be found by looking at the USPTO article.

External links are a bad idea because the Main Page should be a portal to the content on swpat.org. Wikipedia also has a no-ext-links on Main Page policy. Ciaran 16:09, 2 June 2009 (EDT)