I want to propose a new main page.
Today I did a drive-by 4chan while waiting to backup my computer. There was an economic argument raging with people lambasting banks and screaming about the government. I posted about bitcoin (the basic ideas) and watched with wry amusement only one person respond.
It was a one-liner about the title on the site "If you have version 0.3.9 or lower, please upgrade for an important security update!".
Reword this. As we know it's not a critical update but a good update. This is very off-putting as it looks very sketchy to new people (insecure network).
To me and other hackers (or types that congregate around these sorts of projects), the main page looks fine. Nice, clean, simple. We can see through it to the content. But to most it looks like 1995.
The main page should be art-sex. The main page should show that the project is highly active. The main page should hand hold.
- Beautiful graphics. Blues are cold colours which are mainly used on business sites to indicate distance/professionalism. A new main page should use yellows/reds/warm colours which come out of the page instead of receding away.
- A news feed showing the latest posts. I've written a bot to update forum posts onto a wikipage, but when I tried to port it to the Bitcoin wiki I couldn't find an API for SMF to integrate it with.
- Clearly highlighted/focused links which guide you to 1) download bitcoin 2) use it 3) buy bitcoins from a trusted trader 4) find services to use. The current layout is hacker-friendly. Neat sections and find everything for yourself.
One idea is possibly to just use the wiki as the main-page,https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Main_Page
That can be easily be reworked to fit. It's easier to quickly update things to get them working. Lots of content/activity for a new curious user to click through rather than a single dead page.
If we could find an API for SMF then I can easily add a forum post section like on,http://poker.bitcoinvegas.com/
(See the layout? Left is articles/static info. Right is community/news. Main items are highlighted at the top of the page)