There seem to be too many different locations for help and/or reference, as well as duplicate pages.
This is true. I use the global search.
Two separate lists of bugs exist…. one on the community site and one on the pro.wikidot site.
The Pro site was… a mistake. It cut our discussions into two, which was wrong. The weneeds section here is like a poll on the top issues, because many of them are old and their rating reflects their age, not their importance.
Here is my view (but this is not the Law, just an opinion):
- Normal discussion of the wikidot.com product and service happens on the Community site.
- This blog is for specific exploration of certain areas.
- The new forum.wikidot.com is for discussion of user space projects (Iron Giant, themes, etc.) because these concern a smaller group of specialists. It is experimental, using a new forum design. It may expand over time.
- Packages is a repository of reusable code in big pieces.
- Snippets is a repository of reusable code in small pieces. We are planning a new repository of live reusable code that will eventually replace or complement Snippets.
- Themes is a repository of reusable code for CSS.
- I'd like to move the design section of this blog to a separate site, design.wikidot.com.
- I'd like to move the documentation to a separate site, doc.wikidot.com.
- I'd like to merge the Handbook into the doc site, together with the snippets.
Yes, it is chaotic, but not dysfunctional. Mostly, the diversity allows many people to own different parts of the knowledge, look after it, keep it accurate. Trying to centralize means fewer people can own the space, and it stops working so well.
It's a tradeoff between quality of knowledge and ease of access. You will find today that these sites are almost all maintained perfectly.
A lot of really cool things have been introduced lately, like the design page and the Iron Giant, but their location in this blog site is not immediately apparent.
Introducing cool stuff is my job, kind of. But that also adds to the chaos. It will, I hope, settle down over time because most of the experts here (and I am proud to be able to work with such smart people) are extremely aware of function vs. dysfunction and will push, steadily, for cleaner and better organized sites.
You're helping by ranting, that is exactly what this space is for. When we complain we're often most honest.
Perhaps I'm just tired and grumpy, but I think we could all benefit from some better navigation.
I welcome your proposals.