Talk:CT Website Feedback

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I'm probably just out of the loop, but what is the overall purpose of this page on the wiki? Is it a place to log feedback for the national website? Maybe I'm missing something obvious at the moment but I'm not sure what the CT in the page title stands for.

I believe the CT stands for Communication and Technology, one of the national standing committees which is reviewing the current national website for suggested changes in a future redesign. (Jonah 13:36, 31 May 2007 (EDT))
Got it. This might be more easily found on the talk page from a National Website page. If the purpose is for people to come here to add additional feedback, I'm not sure the current title is an intuitive title they would search for. The reason I say put it on a talk page is that this doesn't seem really encyclopedic in nature, which is my understanding of the purpose of the wiki. I don't really envision a need to keep historical records of ideas/feedback for the national website, but that's just my opinion and I realize this website is for the masses. To me, this makes more sense to be a topic in the brotherhood forums, but maybe those aren't really being used anymore? Pmgingrich 14:41, 1 June 2007 (EDT)
The Comm/Tech committee needed to rapidly piece together some recommendations for the PSP website. We figured we'd use the already existing wiki. We may clean this up later, or we may delete it once the need is gone. I didn't link it from any other pages for that reason. Chrisamiller 17:29, 2 June 2007 (EDT)

Questions for feedback

  • Online Event Registration -
I'd be interested in additional details about the costs for online registration. As long as payment is handled seperately, it seems the registration information could be collected by a simple web form without even touching the database site (even though that would be nice). Matt Fong 20:24, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Electronic voting - Are we talking about polls online, voting via cellphone and what issues would we be voting on?
Not sure, since I just passed that suggestion along from an old list. Chrisamiller 18:52, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Chapter DB tool - For searching for elected and non-elected leaders/Brothers or a resource (samples, examples, etc.) tool? Both?
I think more for contact information. Right now, we have to send out an E-mail to the national listserv or try to dig around on their website to look for an e-mail address or phone number. The wiki is ultimately going to be the database for resources & samples. Matt Fong 20:19, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
Possible (limited) integration into the website (ex. fill out a "e-mail a chapter" form on the website and have the e-mail sent to the current president of the chapter) would be a great feature. Matt Fong 02:16, 9 June 2007 (EDT)
Also, I have noticed that many chapters do not even have working websites and even the ones that do, they either don't have any contact information listed or the contact information listed is out of date. Kyle Williams
  • Unique logins for every brother. - currently in place, just not advertised well. In the Brothers Only section there is a place to log in as an individual Brother, demographic info can be updated, as well as search for alumni by chapter, zip, etc.
Excellent. Be sure to advertise it more - it's a great tool! Chrisamiller 18:52, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
Ditto to Chris. The database site is great. I noticed that sometimes the information isn't the most updated and access can be difficult to get though. More integration with the website could potentially help with this. Matt Fong 20:19, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
  • Rejuvenate the message board. - I like the idea. Advice on how to reach beyond what is currently being done via the VT listserv would be great. But too, thought that the wiki would be managing some of the ideas as well.
When trying to build an online community, starting things up is the hard part. PSP has a distinct advantage, because we already have an audience and lots of enthusiasm. I'll write more on this later when I get more time. Chrisamiller 18:52, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
I think publicity is the main thing. If we had a moderated "official" listserv that chapters could submit messages to and everyone was on, it would make a huge difference. A lot of people just don't know about the VT listserv and many others just don't want to be bombarded by junk. Matt Fong 20:19, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
I agree, it would seem that when it comes to unofficial tools such as the message board and the list serves, you would run the risk of hitting a cycle where the current users will eventually become alumni and may not have as much interest in being on that said list serv or utilizing the message board. Also, if there is no publicity and there are very few new members coming in, then obviously that tool will slowly start dying off. Kyle Williams
  • Mobile phones may not have flash installed. - Are there status on the usage of mobile phone web site searches? And a breakdown of age groups would be better. This is a discussion point with the vendor currently.
It's not just a mobile phone issue, but a general accessibility issue. The visually impaired often use browsers that read aloud to them. At a public library, I might not have access to flash. The site shouldn't just turn away these users. Good web designers know this. Chrisamiller 18:52, 6 June 2007 (EDT)
I agree with Chris, accessibility and speed are the main reasons to move away from flash. I often want to just look something up quickly without having to navigate the slow flash menus. Matt Fong 20:19, 6 June 2007 (EDT)

  • The word 'wiki' should not be capitalized - While not a technophobe, I do find myself continuously learning. Feel free to share insight with the staff when such glaring issues/typos occur... we won't bite - promise!