User:Skud/Freebase homepage

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A list of things on the Freebase (logged in) homepage, roughly from top to bottom, left to right.

Do you use these features? Please comment saying whether or not you use each thing on the homepage.

Contents

Left

Your bases

  • Make a base
I sometimes make bases, but not sure whether I use this link or one on another page. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I sometimes use this Jeff 01:10, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I sometimes use also Thadguidry 21:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
It's probably what I'd use to make a base... but there's a common problem where new users are creating bases when they should be creating topics. I'm not sure we want this on the front page. --Pak21 10:21, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
That link played a role in me rediscovering Freebase recently. I'm still creating some using that link. --Hthorisson 20:24, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Administrator
I use this, but find it painful because my list is too long. More commonly, I use the search box in the top nav to get to a base/commons I want, or type the URL in directly to my browser. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I sometimes use this, but mostly I know which bases I administer. Jeff 01:10, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I sometimes use also. For new users and overall, I think it should stay. But long bases owners, maybe a 1-5 with a "more" ? Thadguidry 21:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
What everyone said above. --Pak21 10:21, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I frequently use it. --Hthorisson 20:24, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Use it, but list is too long and ordered in an unknown order. Tfmorris 07:34, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
Mine is ordered alphabetically by name - does yours do something different? --Pak21 13:32, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Expert
I don't use this (I thought we were getting rid of the expert role in bases/commons altogether) --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Member
I never use this. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Me neither.Jeff 01:10, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I use perhaps 1x a month, check in Thadguidry 21:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
What everyone said above (again). --Pak21 10:21, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Don't use it and doubt I ever will --Hthorisson 20:24, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Don't use it. Tfmorris 07:34, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Find a base
I never use this -- I use the search in the top nav. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I don't pay attention to this part of the page. Jeff 01:10, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never used - typically explore or search. Thadguidry 21:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
What everyone said above (again). --Pak21 10:21, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
What everyone said above. --Hthorisson 20:24, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Never noticed it before. Tfmorris 07:34, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • "or explore them all"
I never use this -- would click on "Explore" in top nav if I wanted to go there. --Skud 00:43, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
See above comment Jeff 01:10, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never used, instead use explore in top nav to finding interesting domains and new bases, never saw this tiny link Thadguidry 21:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
And once again, what everyone said above. --Pak21 10:21, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
What everyone said above. --Hthorisson 20:24, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Never noticed it. Tfmorris 07:34, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Your types

  • Create
occasionally -- more likely to make a base --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
occasionally Thadguidry 21:17, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Use this on the (fairly rare) occasions I want to make a type outside a base. --Pak21 10:23, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Don't use it. --Hthorisson 20:26, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Use it occasionally, but more likely to do it in a base. Tfmorris 07:37, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Move
occasionally -- more likely to make a base --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never used Thadguidry 21:17, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Don't remember ever having used this, and not sure this is where I'd look for it. --Pak21 10:23, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Don't use it. --Hthorisson 20:26, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Use occasionally, but it doesn't need home page real estate. Tfmorris 07:37, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Resources

Never use. Tfmorris 07:37, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Centre

Getting started

(can be folded away by clicking X)

I've folded this away and don't use it anymore --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I never use it, but I'm not the target audience. Jeff 01:11, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Folded away Thadguidry 21:17, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
You can fold it away? Excellent. Now done and never expect to use it again. But I'm not "getting started" with Freebase - I think it's important to keep something like this around. --Pak21 10:24, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I used it and liked it during my first day, then folded away --Hthorisson 20:30, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Make it go away! (cookie problem?) Tfmorris 07:41, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

New on Freebase

Includes:

  • blog posts
  • discussion posts
  • people joining bases/commons you admin
  • manage feed settings
I never use any of this. I get email notifications about things I care about, and RSS feeds of some other things (eg. blog). It used to be more verbose and include links to people adding stuff to bases/commons I was a member of, but it was pretty spammy, so I never found it actually useful for that purpose. It was useful for finding a random topic to click through to, though, if I needed one for some reason. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never use any of this. Thadguidry 21:20, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I've found it useless since the commons activity feed was removed, which I found useful for spotting new contributors and spam control. --Pak21 10:28, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I mainly use email notification, but I like having it available in both places. Tfmorris 07:41, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Contribute

  • vote on flagged topics (review queue)
I use this a bit, but I mostly get to the review queue via Firefox's awesomebar or a link from the Expert Hub. Would like to see other ways to contribute listed here! --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never saw before, but now will use, also would like to see this bumped up on page and more contribute apps listed --Thadguidry 21:24, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Use this frequently to get to the review queue. I like Thad's idea of having more apps listed here. --Pak21 10:30, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I've used it and probably will again --Hthorisson 21:04, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
This is my primary way of getting to the review queue. Tfmorris 07:41, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Featured contributors

I am more likely to see this on another page (eg. "Help") where there is more information --Skud 00:35, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never used --Thadguidry 21:25, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never used --Pak21 10:31, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Never used. But I would if there were details. Also if I could view contributions similar to my own & my interests. --Hthorisson 21:04, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I glance at it, but it never seems to correlate very well with activity that I see through other channels. Tfmorris 07:41, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Right

Userpic/stats

  • userpic
  • "you've added N facts"
  • "on Freebase since"
I'm more likely to look for this in my user profile page. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
boring, so what, profile is better --Thadguidry 21:26, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Not information I'm interested in. --Pak21 10:32, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Don't need pic or join date, but fact count is interesting to have in an obvious place (and it doesn't take much room) Tfmorris 07:48, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Following/followers

Vaguely interesting but would like to see a list of who follows me, more like eg. Twitter. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never used --Thadguidry 21:26, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Don't follow anyone, have only one user following me, so don't really know that this should do. Does nothing useful for me --Pak21 10:33, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I think it's an OK use of space. Not much following going on, but it's useful to see if that changes. Tfmorris 07:48, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Notifications

  • Replies
  • Watching
  • Topic about you
  • Changes to TOS
Never use any of this -- email notifications tell me everything I care about. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I rely on the email notifications rather than these. Jeff 01:14, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never use, email preferred instead --Thadguidry 21:27, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Email FTW --Pak21 10:34, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I'd use Replies & Watching more of they weren't broken. TOS changes are important, but they need a date, so you can tell whether they've changed since you last looked. Tfmorris 07:48, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Views

  • Your views
I use this sometimes. Jeff 01:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never use, since only 1 base to manage, easy for me --Thadguidry 21:29, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Use this. Would be nice to be able to reorder it though --Pak21 10:34, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
I've got lots of views, although I'm not sure they all need to be on my home page. Like Phil, I'd like to be able to reorder them. Tfmorris 07:48, 2 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Featured views
I don't use the featured views at all; I'm not entirely sure what it's for. Jeff 01:13, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never use any of this -- I would find views via the search bar at the top of the page, or via a base homepage. I seldom save views to my homepage/default_domain any more. --Skud 00:31, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never use. Maybe Contribute apps list should go here on right shoulder ? --Thadguidry 21:29, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Never use. --Pak21 10:34, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Invisible off the bottom of my long list of views. Tfmorris 07:48, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

What's missing?

What might you like to see on this page that's not there already?

  • Links for sandbox somewhere ? Don't know, maybe under Your Apps, or Tools or Resources ? Instead of voting or guessing what we want... Basically allow me to trade in my many Firefox Toolbar Bookmarks for Freebase managed links on this page somewhere. We all have our fav areas we use most often inside Freebase. Let us manage those links on this page instead of our browser bar clutter --Thadguidry 22:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
  • The idea and some elements of the home/dashboard are great, but IMHO: could really use improvements. Lists with content somehow related to you & your interests. (Featured views—is that list random? I'd prefer it being relevant somehow.) Recent activity in general could be more diverse. Some of the Expert Hub's lists/leaderboards would fit nicely as info-boxes, for example. Some other notes:
    • History/recent edits from wiki.freebase.com could be listed on the dashboard. A link to the wiki also.
    • "Top Contributors This Week" info-box belongs there, rather than the Help page. It's superbly designed as well—I'd love having info on the dashboard presented in that manner.
    • Other info-boxes would be really helpful. For example, trying to learn from mistakes—I often revisit my recently edited topics to check whether experienced users revert or modify my changes (can I see that somewhere?). New users could similarly benefit from an info-box listing "Recent modifications to things you've edited".
    • Skud mentioned Socialist integration—I second that!
    • More "Contribute" game/tool links.
    • TypeWriter & Review Queues for Bases

--Hthorisson 18:33, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

Your apps

I would like a list of my Acre apps. --Skud 00:34, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Maybe allow me to add & manage my fav apps here ? --Thadguidry 21:35, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I would like to see user created and preferred Acre apps. --Zeusi 11:14, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Your lists

I would like to see integration with Socialist lists. --Skud 00:34, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Contribute / Data Games

Initial links to most popular, useful data entry apps for Freebase. --Thadguidry 21:35, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Your (My) Tools

Beyond initial defaults, perhaps allow me to add & manage tool links here? --Thadguidry 22:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Link to Query Editor --Thadguidry 22:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Link to App Editor --Thadguidry 22:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Link to Schema Explorer --Thadguidry 22:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

Your (My) Resources

Beyond initial defaults, perhaps allow me to add & manage docs resources links here? --Thadguidry 22:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Add link to wiki --Thadguidry 22:02, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
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