Before testing the design and content additions to support newcomers, I wanted to document the rationale behind the initial suggestions after several “in-house” design iterations.
Outlining the reasoning of design decisions is a process that can be helpful in producing stronger designs. It forces you to thoroughly think through your design and limits personal opinions when collaborating with others or discussing changes with stakeholders.
Join the Team Section
Join the Team Heading
Assumption: The “Join the Team” heading is vague and is a missed opportunity to briefly explain the mission.
Experiment: Change the heading to “Help Us Improve the Web” to make the page more scannable.
Ways to Contribute
Assumption: Linking to the report form and open issues disorients new visitors who want to learn more about contributing.
Experiment: Add additional context by explaining the process and allowing the current links to serve as calls to action.
Experiment: Link to the contributor page in the top navigation to help newcomers quickly find what they need.
Contributor Page Content
“Newcomers often face unfamiliar and rugged landscapes when starting to contribute to an OSS project. Consequently, they need proper orientation to find their way into the project and to contribute correctly.“ – Steinmacher, Igor et al
“ …acknowledge and celebrate contributions, so that people who do contribute feel appreciated and motivated to continue;”–Chawner, Brenda
Social Media Icons
“Distinct outlines shows the unique shape of each icon without any visual noise. This means users can see the icons immediately without getting interrupted by background borders.”-UX Movement
Experiment: Use easily scannable icons that have a distinct outline.