At the English Wikipedia, and to a lesser extent at other wikis, people looking at a talk page are first faced with a large volume of coffeeroll-colored informational boxes. Theoretically, this helps people participate in an informed way. In practice, it may be actively unhelpful, especially when the banners fill the entire screen, so that newcomers may not see even the table of contents, much less any of the discussions.
This is a request for user testing on:
# what, if anything, editors (new and old) believe is useful about talk page banners.
# what, if anything, editors (new and old) actually learned from reading them.
# anything else that might help experienced editors decide how the user experience could be improved.
Please share the findings with the English Wikipedia (and any other relevant communities), including any recommendations they should consider implementing.