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This page is meant to be the central location for thinking about the site as a whole.

For technical questions and problems that need the help of a programmer, see Site programming portal

Current projects on reorganizing the site

These are current projects aimed at making information on the site more accessible.

Non-technical problems with the site

If this list gets long enough, be better organized or grouped and maybe moved to its own page.

Feedback archive

It seems like eventually the discussion page on image pages should be more like Wikipedia's discussion pages, which means we need a place to put archives of feedback for summer researchers. We could simply leave the feedback in the discussion history, and clear the discussion page, though this makes it a bit tricky to recover the feedback. [This is a good start though. Wonder how Wikipedia does this? Maria may know off the top of her head]

Abram 23:07, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Image titles

In many image pages, the main image title, which is what viewers see in the image gallery, is neither informative nor enticing. It should be considered more seriously in future summers. [Yes! This is something we should stress in all writing guides.]

Abram 23:07, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Redirects needed

For example, The Monty Hall Problem is a page, but Monty Hall Problem and The Monty Hall problem do not redirect here. Also, for example, Fibonacci sequence is a tiny stump that should redirect to Fibonacci Numbers. [How to get such holes filled in? Part of the general problem of improving existing material. An active user base does it for Wikipedia, but we may be long in developing this.]

Abram 23:07, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Page author refers to image, not page

In pages such as Pages Needing More Mathematical Explanations, the listed page author is whoever was listed as the creator of the image, and doesn't say anything about who selected the image or wrote any content. Maybe this is ok, maybe not. [I think this is a glitch, and we need to list it as "Image author". We shouldn't get into listed page author at all, since their work may be considerably changed.]

Abram 23:07, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Needed conventions and protocols

This is a list of conventions and protocols that should be developed for the site, but aren't yet. If this list gets long enough, be better organized or grouped and maybe moved to its own page.

Top-level headings

One of the main wikipedia or mediawiki help pages (I don't remember which one) discourages use of top-level headings (one "=" sign or <h1> </hi> tags) because this heading style is used for the name of the article, and any section of the page is of course lower in the hierarchy.

This standard makes sense to me, but we should decide if we are going to implement it. If so, this means we should also change the headings on all currently-existing pages to match this protocol.

Abram 21:38, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Capitalization of multi-word article names

It makes sense to have conventions regarding capitalizing words after the first word in article names, e.g. should a page be called "Completing The Square" or "Completing the Square" or "Completing the square"? Wikipedia's standard seems to only capitalize the first word of an article's name and subsequent proper nouns. That is, a word after the first word is capitalized only if it would be capitalized in the middle of a sentence.

Of course, we would eventually like the site to have lots of redirects, so a site-user can use any capitalization they please. However, even then, it would be nice to have a standard about which capitalization scheme redirects to which.

Abram 21:38, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Capitalization of multi-word section names

This is the same issue as multi-word article names. With multi-word article names, though, you can at least create redirects. With multiple word section names, though, it is much more complicated. If somebody includes a link to a section, like [[#Really Cool Section]] , and the name of the section is later changed to "Really cool section", that link breaks. Therefore, working out this standard soon would be a really great idea.

Wikipedia seems to follow the same convention for section names as for article names: the first word is capitalized, and subsequent words are only capitalized if they would be in the middle of a complete sentence.

Abram 21:47, 12 May 2011 (UTC)