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Add the Homepage in the drop-down menu for Desktop Improvements
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Description

Observations

  • Some wikis currently experience both Growth team tools and Desktop Improvements.
  • Desktop Improvements user-personal menu has been redesigned; only the username, the two notifications icons and a dropdown are visible.
  • During workshops I host with community members, the question of how people can find the homepage back is often pointed out.

Possible actions

  • Add a link to the Growth homepage in the dropdown menu, and provide the icon for it - using the home icon in current Wikimedia icon set
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Possible other effects

  • Adding a link to the Homepage in the dropdown can help Homepage's discovery.

List of wikis

  • Basque Wikipedia
  • French Wikipedia
  • French Wiktionary
  • Hebrew Wikipedia
  • Persian Wikipedia
  • Bengali Wikipedia
  • Korean Wikipedia
  • Portuguese Wikipedia
  • Serbian Wikipedia
  • Turkish Wikipedia

Work needed:

  • Add the icon and text to the personal menu in vector 2
  • Add a query parameter to the link (&source=personaltoolsvector2 or something like that)
  • Update HomepageVisit schema to recognize the new query parameter

Event Timeline

@MMiller_WMF can you decide if you want this to be in upcoming work / triaged?

@RHo -- in new vector, the username still links to the homepage. With this change, would this be an additional route to the homepage? So there would be two ways: click your username, or click "home" in the dropdown?

@RHo -- in new vector, the username still links to the homepage. With this change, would this be an additional route to the homepage? So there would be two ways: click your username, or click "home" in the dropdown?

Yes that's correct, it's meant as an extra affordance. It would also be helpful for narrow widths when the username link is moved into the submenu.

Hi @RHo @MMiller_WMF — to clarify, when the menu is collapsed, are we showing both the user name and the home link that take the user to Special:Homepage?

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Hi @mewoph -- thank you for pointing out this question about what to do when the menu is collapsed. Rita and I talked about this today, and we couldn't think of a satisfactory way to handle that part of the experience. We definitely don't want to have two links in the same dropdown that take users to the same place. And we can't remove the username link, because it would be confusing for the user for that to disappear only under some circumstances. And likewise, we wouldn't want to have the home link disappear under those circumstances for the same confusing reason.

So I thought it would be best to not do this task at all at this time, unless we can think of a better way to handle all of this. Do you see a good way, @mewoph? If not, I think we should abandon it, and I'm sorry that you expended time and effort on it.

@MMiller_WMF No problem, I haven't started implementing this yet, just had a question based on the task description. I can't think of a better way to handle this either, so I agree that this shouldn't be addressed right now.

Hi @mewoph -- thank you for pointing out this question about what to do when the menu is collapsed. Rita and I talked about this today, and we couldn't think of a satisfactory way to handle that part of the experience. We definitely don't want to have two links in the same dropdown that take users to the same place. And we can't remove the username link, because it would be confusing for the user for that to disappear only under some circumstances. And likewise, we wouldn't want to have the home link disappear under those circumstances for the same confusing reason.

So I thought it would be best to not do this task at all at this time, unless we can think of a better way to handle all of this. Do you see a good way, @mewoph? If not, I think we should abandon it, and I'm sorry that you expended time and effort on it.

You could have the username take you to User:SomeName while the homepage icon takes you to Special:Homepage.

Hi @mewoph -- thank you for pointing out this question about what to do when the menu is collapsed. Rita and I talked about this today, and we couldn't think of a satisfactory way to handle that part of the experience. We definitely don't want to have two links in the same dropdown that take users to the same place. And we can't remove the username link, because it would be confusing for the user for that to disappear only under some circumstances. And likewise, we wouldn't want to have the home link disappear under those circumstances for the same confusing reason.

So I thought it would be best to not do this task at all at this time, unless we can think of a better way to handle all of this. Do you see a good way, @mewoph? If not, I think we should abandon it, and I'm sorry that you expended time and effort on it.

You could have the username take you to User:SomeName while the homepage icon takes you to Special:Homepage.

I think we want to hold off on no longer taking newcomers to homepage from the username link for now, given that this is the main way newcomers discover/rediscover the homepage. It would be a little disruptive to current newcomers, and there would also need to be work to update the homepage discovery welcome pop-ups in that case.