May 18 2022 08:14 AM
May 18 2022 08:14 AM
We are currently looking at making some changes to our homepage, connecting new members to our Getting Started guides (which will also get an overhaul) and encouraging un-registered users to sign in.
As I start to think about the homepage for logged-in users I would love to hear from current members:
I want to take your feedback into account both for this, more immediate update, and for a wider redesign of the site we hope to launch early in 2023.
Please keep in mind everyone's feedback is valid and I want to hear the bad and the good.
May 18 2022 09:11 AM
Great discussion will be interesting!
I saw these 3 banners and I think that the one inside should not be (marked as the most important topic in MTC) - it looks a little funny, and for new people it is certainly a negative surprise.
May 19 2022 02:59 AM
Please vote for ideas -> this improves MTC!
May 19 2022 07:04 AM
May 26 2022 07:00 AM
Honestly I don't use Homepage. Checked it now, nothing what force me to visit it except to check when MTC has 1000000 members. Feed and latest blogs from 990 spaces are useless, I know what Excel is most popular tag and it doesn't matter who are top contributors.
However, it depends on auditory. For newcomers all above could be interesting for some while. At the same time links on Code of Conduct and support channels (e.g. email@example.com) disappeared. IMHO, main target auditory of homepage are newcomers, people who are for few years here found nothing new in any case. For newcomers current one is good enough if only add some support information.
May 26 2022 07:58 AM
Thank you for the feedback, I am hoping to be able to show some mockups of what we are currently thinking about shortly but much of it is along the lines you have outlined.
On the metrics front we are planning to remove the 'all time' counts in favor of activity today metrics, i.e.:
The main reason for this move is we are about to start clearing up old user accounts that have not logged in before and so the 'total members' count would be subject to some daily variation.
I would love to have your input on if that would break the experience for you?
May 27 2022 08:09 AM
May 27 2022 08:24 AM
Sure, sorry about that it was not a reflection on your feedback.
For @Andrzej1 's feedback the banners are chosen by @Dylan Snodgrass and his team, I will be sure to pass your feedback on about that particular choice however we do rotate them either based on what we think users will be interested in or other items we want to promote to community members.
@Reza_Ameri - So we are thinking initially about how the homepage works for users who are not logged in. In this group of users we are looking to make search more prominent on the homepage, welcome users to the community, direct users to getting started and sign in / registration pages, highlight trending content in all Microsoft communities (of which Microsoft Tech Community is but one) and encourage them to find a community hub that is lightly to be of most interest to them. We will of course also celebrate things like activity today, who's online, member of the week etc.
For registered users we are wanting to prominently highlight upcoming events for communities that you're a member of, the latest conversations, the latest blogs in blogs you're subscribed to or communities you have joined. We then want to give you some filters and sorts to help you customize how those feeds show up. FInally we want to highlight some other Microsoft Communities you maybe interested in.
The registered experience may well include many of the items available in "My Dashboard" today (link is at the top right next to the bell).
I hope that puts your mind to rest, now I have shared a little bit more about our thinking but if you have any other questions, anything I missed or any additional feedback do let me know.
May 27 2022 08:28 AM
May 27 2022 09:00 AM
Thank you, but I emphasize that I like cheerful topics!
"For @Andrzej1 's feedback the banners are chosen by @Dylan Snodgrass and his team, I will be sure to pass your feedback on about that particular choice however we do rotate them either based on what
However, the Home Page at MTC is a showcase of the tech community and this obliges you to emphasize important information from the Blog, or topics related to new problems of users - who work with Microsoft products and are looking for a solution.
Of course, I choose my dashboard, I do not pin the home page to the start.