The most commonly used search text box is waaaaay down the sidebar and often requires user to scroll down to the search box. In the sidebar, for Navigation and Jump Pages, there is little need for another (2nd) indentation. Removing the 2nd indentation will compress the list in such a manner that the search bar will be visible. —Egberts, 05:32, January 23, 2008 (EST)
- Agreed; particularly for users whose display resolution is 800x600, or less. But, can anybody tell me how I can put the Searchbar higher? (I am still looking.) That way, I can add the jump pages back to the Sidebar, but lower down the pane. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 01:21, January 25, 2008 (EST)
Customized Sidebar (navigation pane on the left)
- Moved from Talk:Main Page...
EXCELLENT decision to put a direct link to the merit badges on the front page under Boy Scouts. Saves us time almost every time we use the site! EagleForumFan 18:42, December 16, 2007 (EST)
Where did it go? Can we please get the direct link back on the front page? Saves a lot of clicks. EagleForumFan 01:21, January 25, 2008 (EST)
- Well, somebody else asked that the Sidebar (added left pane links) be removed because it put the search box too far down the page. So, I did, even though I liked it. (The two screens I use when editing are on the high-end of resolution; so, I still saw the search box. Now, what I'm going to try to do is find a happy medium... i.e., set my res. down to 800x600 and work on it. Anybody who's interested, let's take this conversation over to MediaWiki talk:Sidebar. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 00:38, January 31, 2008 (EST)
I think that the Sidebar is wasting valuable real estate. I think that we should remove:
- Community Portal - outdated? of what usefulness?
- Current events - also very old, plus the link is at the top of the main page
- Random page - fun, but does anyone need this?
- Donations - can be combined with about
I would really like to see some discussion on this weeks-old topic. Scouterdennis 14:39, November 29, 2008 (EST)
- Okay, okay! After much discussion, a good deal of thinking, and a lot more waiting... here's what I've come up with:
- Comments? Ideas?? —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 04:25, November 30, 2008 (EST)
We can add a language translate feature to the sidebar!
Every page of MeritBadge.Org needs to be available in at least the top 12 languages in the US. Of course, Spanish heads the list. At the last census, 70 counties were already primarily Spanish speaking including Miami-Dade. New Mexico will be the first state to switch to Spanish as it's most common language followed by California, Texas, and Arizona.
To begin to meet this need, in 2002, the BSA set up a mirror site for www.scouting.org in Spanish: http://www.scoutingvalelapena.org/. Unfortunately as of 2008, this site has only 12 pages. In addition, 25 fliers and handbooks are now in Spanish. Few have been added since 2006.
Every page, every requirement, every resource, needs to be made available in Spanish, not just a few. The Hispanic culture is all about God and family just as the BSA is. What a great fit if only our materials could be in Spanish.
MeritBadge.Org can fix much of this problem Right Now!
For about 30 second earlier today, I add translations features to the sidebar. Just long enough to test it and take the screen-shots. With a mouse click, all of the pages at MeritBadge.Org could be instantly translated into Spanish! Suddenly the "sidebar" page is "la barra lateral."
Right Now MeritBadge.Org could go from offering 600 great pages in English to offering 600 great pages in the 12 most common second languages in the US!
This is just using the Google Language Tools to translate our pages. It took a couple of tricks to get it to work but there is no cost.
One possible downside is that no software is as yet foolproof in translating idioms like "Left Off" or "Right ON!". The Chevy "Nova" did not sell well in South America as a "Nova" because it means "No Go." So there will be errors that may even be funny but at least the meanings should be understandable. Also, this does extend the length of the sidebar but in checking, almost all of our pages that are not stubs are already longer than this. Finally, when you click a language, it will stay in that language. We need to find a way to easily get the user back to English.
So can we try adding sidebar links to the top 12 languages?
MeritBadge.Org will be the only Scouting website fully open to Hispanic, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and so many other Scouts!
For about 30 seconds today, MeritBadge.Org opened it's doors to thousands more Scouts, their leaders and families. To flip it back on, just undo my last change on the MediaWiki:Sidebar.— Milominderbinder2 (Sysop) 17:01, December 16, 2008 (EST)
- Let's do it! (This is an AWESOME idea, by the way! -- Thanks, Craig.) I'm going to go ahead and turn it on. Craig, if you could make this subject an article, and feature it on the Main Page, or the Community Portal, I'd appreciate it. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 16:15, December 16, 2008 (EST)