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Old 04-03-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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two main menus


Hey why are there two main menus? The main menu with the LQ rules is scrolled all the way to the bottom right. I read the "read before you post" sticky a long time ago but I never noticed there was a list of rules until today.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 07:04 AM   #2
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Suggestions and Feedback and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 12:03 PM   #3
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Good question. I didn't realize there was a second one until you pointed it out. Just never bothered to pay attention to anything below the "My LQ" menu.
 
Old 04-04-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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Having a single menu with that many links would be a bit too long (and is actually how LQ used to be setup). The current setup puts the main links in the first menu and less used links in the second.

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Old 04-04-2009, 11:31 PM   #5
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I got busted for not following the rules. I never noticed the other main menu. I guess I figured it was all ads down there. Nevermind.
 
Old 04-05-2009, 12:07 AM   #6
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I guess I figured it was all ads down there.
That was my thoughts, exactly. Anything below "Ads by Google" couldn't possibly be important, right?

Typical men- never read signs or instructions, or look for extraneous menus.

Maybe the rules could be moved to the top of the first menu?
 
Old 04-06-2009, 09:53 AM   #7
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Reduce the confusion -- add a "* continued" or "* continued below" link to the main (i.e. top) Main Menu which points to 2nd Main Menu, & re-title the 2nd Main Menu "Main Menu (cont.)"
 
Old 04-06-2009, 11:01 AM   #8
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The top Main Menu now has a "Con't" link that drops you down to the second Main Menu.

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Old 04-06-2009, 12:02 PM   #9
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Thumbs up Better than I imagined

Cool, a centered, un-bulleted "Con't" link, that's even clearer than what I was suggesting.

Just curious, why not re-title the second Main Menu?
 
Old 04-06-2009, 12:11 PM   #10
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I did change the title as a test, but reverted it as it just didn't look right.

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Old 04-06-2009, 12:37 PM   #11
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Would a (centered) "(Part 1)" link at the top of second Main Menu accomplish the goal of alerting the viewer that
Main Menu #2 is a continuation & look OK too?
 
Old 04-06-2009, 12:43 PM   #12
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The two Main Menu's aren't really linked in any way. If you're already looking at the second menu, I can't see that there's a reason to alert you to the first one as it's fairly difficult to miss.

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:41 PM   #13
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Cool, a centered, un-bulleted "Con't" link, that's even clearer than what I was suggesting.
And it puts the second menu at the top of the page... Very nice.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 04:28 PM   #14
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The two Main Menu's aren't really linked in any way.
That's the problem, as I see it. They are 2 halves of the same thing, yet they have the same name. Generally, especially in the computing/programming world, we expect 2 things that have the same name or label to be be the same thing. It's not like the these 2 are duplicates, placed at different places for users' convenience, as is often done w/ key links like "Site Map" -- these are distinct objects & should have different names. If for aesthetic reasons they can't be called "Main Menu - Part 1" & "Main Menu - Part 2", then they should have another indicator to eliminate any confusion.

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If you're already looking at the second menu, I can't see that there's a reason to alert you to the first one as it's fairly difficult to miss.
Difficult, yes; but not impossible: Consider the individual who enters this thread at post #4 -- s/he will see Main Menu #2 & could assume it's the only Main Menu. S/he would have to be very new to LQ, or fairly unobservant to not know that there is a another Main Menu at the top of the page; but s/he might, as I did before seeing this thread, guess that #2 is a duplicate of #1, not a continuation. I didn't realize that fact until I pasted both of them into a text file & observed that there is no overlap between the 2.
 
Old 04-06-2009, 11:22 PM   #15
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Whoa... I influenced the layout of linuxquestions.org. I feel so important now.

I don't mean to be too much of a pain in the ass. It's just that at forums I always read the "read before posting" stickys and I read the rules too and then I got busted for not following the rules and I was like "what rules?" And then it still took me like ten minutes to find them.

(I aquired a habit of reading rules pretty meticulously because I have knack for getting banned if I don't.)

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