Hey y'all, So I was doing some thinking about what we can do to add more to the discussion section.
1. Right now, I feel like the Comments/Discussion section doesn't really incentivize people to add more to the page, or to edit. It doesn't really make me WANT to edit the page, per se... but it might make me want to give kudos with a short "Cool" or "Great page" comment.
I think this is because the word 'Discussion' is too vague. What do we mean by 'Discussion'? To me, it's to get more info about the topic. We want dat depth! We want people to provide insights to improve the page. We want people to ask us questions about the topic and for people to find out what's missing.
2. EP pages appear to be perfect; but they're not. The way I see it, the masses need to see that something needs fixing/improvement! Have you ever seen those [needs citation] superscripts in red on Wikipedia? How about the red lines on Rap Genius? Sometimes, it's not just about adding to the page; it's also about editing.
MY IDEA: http://imgur.com/a/qe48j So, I propose a call to action.
1. If we see something, add some sort of feature (a red superscript or question mark; something that jumps off the page to make people WANT to contribute).
2. Segregate the Comments from the Discussion: add a 'Fact Checker' section to discuss how to improve the page... and a Comments section for everything else (things like the 'Thank' feature on Wikipedia)...
Sorry this is a bit of a ramble, but I'm just jumbling my thoughts together from what I forgot to post yesterday.
(PS. I should've just said 'Fact Checker' instead of Accuracy Checker.)
Romi some of the stuff you have written here is freaking genius! (no pun intended)
I actually really like your call to action idea. Ideally it wouldn't be at the bottom of the tabs though as most people likely fail scrolling even that far.
1. We have to get people to engage with the page like you're saying by adding call to action improvements somewhere throughout the page. Perhaps even remove the banner at the top and make it a pop up (idk if that will be overtly annoying etc)
2. The separation of the comments from discussion is an interesting idea, only thing I fear is that since we already have only a small amount of comments, further breaking that up a bit more will fragment the engagement of the page.
But you have some really solid points, I think one thing we need to do that you caught is make sure people can feel like they can improve these pages and that the pages do need improving. Simply saying THE SITE'S A WIKI in the banner is not enough it seems.