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A partial list from the index of all pages (maybe the most important ones) should be there on the main page. Most visitors to the main page would be common users with no intent to join the Wiki or edit/contribute to it. As is, after coming to the main page, a user is probably confused as to where to go next, because there's no content over there. Also, the link to the index of all pages should be more prominent - in the center, in bold font, probably right above the partial list suggested above, but it should not confuse the reader about the partial list being the full index, so wording like "Click here for the full index" can be used. --Dhanu (talk) 06:49, 19 May 2013 (BST)

The idea was that visitors would browse through the major categories to find stuff. The idea of putting featured pages on the front door isn't bad, but... my concern is that unless there's some sort of automatic way to do it, the page will get stale quickly. The main page needs to be protected from edits, or even the most basic and recent of activists can edit/vandalise the front door — so I'm not sure how we'd retain those protections while making it possible for editors to edit that page safely. If some admin would like to take responsibility for the front page, that's a possibility, but there's not yet any admin who'd have the time to do that.
The main categories template is (or should be) used on article pages, so it can't be any more prominent than that. We could put a category browser (mw:Extension:CategoryTree#Usage) on the front page, though — that can be configured to display articles in its tree structure.
A couple of notes regarding wiki markup:
  • internal references should be rendered as [[Special:AllPages]], resulting in a link like Special:AllPages.
  • Please sign talk page comments with four tildes (~~~~) and use section headings (examples of both here). — Strix t 20:28, 29 April 2013 (BST)

Notification preferences

Okay, and thanks Strix. I had the option to notify me (on my watched pages being changed) selected in my preferences. (I mean, I think watchlist means just that - notifying the watcher on changes. Maybe not so though.) But I did not receive an email when this talk page was edited (hence the delay in my response). Not sure if this is the right place to put this question but if it's not, let me know and I'll move it. Is there a way (other than adding a topic to my watchlist) I can receive email alerts when the topic is changed? Thanks. --Dhanu (talk) 06:54, 19 May 2013 (BST)

Ah. A tweak required to the MW config file. Now have another look at your preferences, and you'll see a new option there to generate emails on watchlist notifications. Questions about site usage should probably go on my talk page, but matters to do with the Main page belong here. Feel free to delete the text not related to the Main Page content when you read this. — Strix t 17:41, 22 May 2013 (BST)