While opinions on what content is require is important, it is very easy to get bogged down into specifics and details like which information to present where. While that’s always good to get implementation ideas, the crucial information for what to place in the main page, and how to progress the site is how people are using the website as a whole.
So with that I mind it’s VERY important to understand what everyone is using this site for, and how.
I would like to ask people:
1.) What they do when they log into the site?
I log in to the main page and immediately go to the debate list, or the forums. I’m looking for new debates entering the voting period, new challenge period debates that pique my interest, and then as an asside whether there are any new posts.
So for me, a good landing page would list new debates, or debates that have changed status, and new forum posts: together with easily links to the debate list, AND my notifications.
2.) For those not on DDO - how did you get here? and what made you stay?
I have used other debate sites, and if I went to the home page of createdebate. I’d be turned off by the call outs and deliberately trolling. DDO - imo is a little unclear what it is from the homepage, meaning that you’d have to be really interested to start (I found ddo through searching for discussion forums).
The important aspect, is why you chose to create a profile here and stay, what intruiged you by this site in order to stay?
3.) Do you also use other sites? If so, what’s the split, and why?
So I probably know the answer to this - but are people on other sites too? What’s the time
splot? 50/50? 90/10? Is it clustered (1 month here, 1 month there).
When you are browsing Dart, what makes you think “hmm, I should check the other site out now”?
With these questions - it’s going to be much easier to break down why people are here, what makes people stay, and where the areas of focus may need to be. This is a much more important focus as a first step than leaping right to what people think should be done - as it helps crystallize thoughts and approaches.