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SAGANet 2.0

All are welcome to discuss ideas for the next generation of SAGANet. What do you like in the current site? What don't you like? What features would you like the site to have?

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Started by Haley Rachelle Gill. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Jan 4, 2016. 6 Replies

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Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Anushree Srivastava Jul 25, 2015. 8 Replies

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Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Jamie Rich Jul 22, 2015. 7 Replies

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Comment by Sanjoy Som on July 16, 2015 at 10:10am

This is all fantastic feedback, thank you! It seems that from a design perspective, really simplifying the layout (particularly that of the home page) is the main goal: make it cleaner, more intuitive, and less overwhelming.

Comment by Benu Atri on July 13, 2015 at 5:04pm

I really liked Marc's 'Next - Next - Next - Got it' idea - we can alway have a 'watch the tutorial again' somewhere in a Menu.

Lev brings a good point. Why does one use any website? I go to twitter to post, read/retweet stuff, and favorite/bookmark tweets that I want to read later. These days I also get my news from Twitter. SAGANet, on the other hand, I use for (or would like to):

  1. Staying in touch with the Astrobiology community: covers astrobiology news and pertaining discussions (GROUPS), post any news I find (STATUS), the events @ SAGANLive, and the book club (once active). 
  2. Outreach and Mentoring - how to, and get virtual mentoring training and opportunities as a SAGANet member (MENTORING).

This is what speaks to me, I am sure there are a ton of other features that other folks like and can be used as an answer for - what is saganet.org for?

Comment by Lev Horodyskyj on July 13, 2015 at 2:23pm

Needs way, way, way less clutter.  I never use the site because I don't have time to figure out what the dozens of buttons do.  It needs to look less like MySpace and more like the crisp, clean, simple websites of today.  With big buttons that you can use with your fingers on iPads.

The question we should ask is, what is the main thing we want people to do?  Then, build the site to serve this need.  If a major new use is required, add that in.  Right now, the site is designed to serve every possible need instead of focusing on the core objective.


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Comment by Marc Neveu on July 13, 2015 at 10:01am

I agree with Graham and Benu: in general, reduce the clutter on SAGANet. There are plenty of amazing features (and likely plenty more that I don't know about), but you have to be very familiar with the interface to use them all. And it's probably discouraging to newcomers. More recent websites of this kind tend to have a crisper, more streamlined look.

I agree that what would also help is an intro video, or one of those slideshow splash screens (with a Next - Next - Next - Got it button at the bottom right) that pop up on Apple or Google apps every time there is a significant update.


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Comment by Graham E. Lau on July 12, 2015 at 12:28pm

Ya, it would be great to have an intro video that shows what SAGANet has to offer. I also like the idea of cleaning the home page up a bit to make it look a bit less cluttered.


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Comment by Sara Imari Walker on July 10, 2015 at 2:01pm

Yes video!!


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Comment by Julia DeMarines (Teaspoon) on July 10, 2015 at 9:47am
I love the intro video idea... we've been talking about this and it makes a lot of sense. In other websites, I love the use of large graphics interfaced with text.

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Comment by Sara Imari Walker on July 9, 2015 at 8:50am

Really great to see this discussion so far! Thanks Sanjoy for setting it up!!

Comment by Benu Atri on June 29, 2015 at 9:44pm

If I could change one thing: it'd be to reduce stuff on home page and add an intro video explaining what SAGANet is and how to get around, get cool points by showing clips of past guests/group pics/scroll down bookclub forum.

Comment by Betul on June 29, 2015 at 6:19pm

Here is a question: If there is ONE thing you could change in SAGANet appearance, what would that be?

 
 
 

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Opportunities for Undergraduates

Started by Haley Rachelle Gill. Last reply by Sanjoy Som Jan 4, 2016. 6 Replies

I propose that there be a group targeting to promoting community outreach and public engagement in undergraduates. The idea being that if you promote it early enough in professional education that it…Continue

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Started by Sanjoy Som. Last reply by Jamie Rich Jul 22, 2015. 7 Replies

This Forum is to discuss features. What do you currently like? What don't you like? What features did you wish SAGANet offered?Continue

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