launchpad homepage should emphasize activity, not mass

Bug #490058 reported by Ted Gould
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Launchpad itself
Low
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Bug Description

When you go to the front page of Launchpad you get a list of how big the database for Launchpad is. Here's the example from today:

15,710 projects, 487,353 bugs, 243,268 branches, 1,310,815 translations, 91,760 answers, 22,757 blueprints, and counting...

Honestly, who cares? That's very unexciting, and just makes the whole thing feel very static. Instead of listing the size of the database I think that the homepage should focus on *what's happening* on Launchpad. Talk about the now instead of the data accumulated. Here's a thought on what I think it should be:

Yesterday there were 2,385 comments on bugs, 384 revisions added, 7,483 strings translated by over 1,442 passioinate individuals. Come join us!

Way more exciting and talks about what you can do with Launchpad more than the size of it.

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Scott Lawrence (bytbox) wrote :

This should depend on whether or not you are logged in - once I'm logged in, I do not want to see a "Come join us!" message. I want to read about how my own projects are doing.

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Ted Gould (ted) wrote : Re: [Bug 490058] Re: Launchpad shouldn't present itself as a database

On Nov 30, 2009, at 4:14 PM, Scott Lawrence <email address hidden> wrote:
> This should depend on whether or not you are logged in - once I'm
> logged
> in, I do not want to see a "Come join us!" message. I want to read
> about how my own projects are doing.

Cool Idea!

I think then what would be interesting for me is something mor
tabular. Something like:

Ubuntu:
372 Bug comments added
3210 Revisions committed

And have the entries shown be based on which projects I've paticipated
in, and what features of LP that they use.

affects: launchpad → launchpad-foundations
Gary Poster (gary)
affects: launchpad-foundations → launchpad-web
Curtis Hovey (sinzui)
Changed in launchpad-web:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
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Zearin (zearin) wrote : Re: Launchpad shouldn't present itself as a database

That *is* a cool idea!

Definitely do this.

After LP version 3 sucked all the life out of the UI, it definitely could use some love. Since the LP team seem to no longer care about making the UI look good, at least some more lively content would be a boost.

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Zearin (zearin) wrote :

I have to say I'm disappointed with Launchpad's slowness when it comes to implementing things like this.

Sure, it's marked as “Low” importance, but it's also a really really simple thing to do. Why not just *do it* and allow everyone to enjoy the benefits now? It won't take long. And then you can move on to “higher” importance items that take more time to complete.

If everyone ignores the “low” items in favor of “high” ones, the Launchpad community will ultimately suffer. There is tons of low-hanging fruit everywhere that is being ignored simply because of “low” importance!

I don't mean to come off too negative. I just care about Launchpad. I remember its infancy when improvements were being made at lightspeed! But I'm disheartened when I see how much things have changed: Slower. UI “improvements” that amount to an overwhelming wall of text. More like the competitors I once abandoned for Launchpad.

Launchpad's attractiveness was once so impressive because it was fast-paced, it had a UI that was in many ways superior to the current 3.0 incarnation, and the feeling was one of excitement just to log in—to see what improvements Launchpad had made.

Low-hanging fruit. Ripe for picking. Go for it! :)

Here's some pseudocode to get you started:

if ( not_logged_in )
    query = statistics_for_yesterdays_activity
else if ( logged_in )
    query = statistics_for_user_projects

display( query )

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Curtis Hovey (sinzui) wrote :

This is not an important issue to stake holders nor to most Launchpad community members. This can only be fixed by someone who has spare time to work on it. Users are welcome to submit a patch to make Launchpad better (and I do mean please help fix this).

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Martin Pool (mbp) wrote :

What a great idea.

Zearin, how about sending an actual patch for it?

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Charline Poirier (charlinepoirier) wrote :

The research I've done on Launchpad indicates that users think of Launchpad as a tool. The main information they look for, when they log-on, is information about projects they are involved in and the bugs they are interested in. They want to get to work.
One of the research conclusion was the following: "it is not easy to find a particular project from the Launchpad home page. If someone knows that a project tracks its bugs in Launchpad and visits for the first time, it is not obvious how they should proceed. The home page should guide people directly into the tasks we know they're likely to perform on a first visit, as after a first visit it would appear people rarely use the home page."
There was no mention in the many interviews that participants wanted to know about the size of the database.

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Martin Pool (mbp) wrote :

You can look at this very broadly ("what should lp feel like") or more narrowly along the lines of Ted's first comment ("homepage stats should focus on activity, not mass.")

Martin Pool (mbp)
summary: - Launchpad shouldn't present itself as a database
+ launchpad homepage should emphasize activity, not mass
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