Seeking player feedback on more intuitive menu options

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Hi all,

We realize the existing menu on the home page is not all that intuitive and we're seeking to improve it. We're trying to figure out what kind of branching makes sense. This would be a step towards improving the home page's UI in the near future.

Below are the current menu divisions:

Home: just the homepage
Newsfeed: takes you to the newsfeed
Community:
  - Players: lets you search for players
  - Wiki: takes you to the player-maintained wiki
  - Forums: takes you to these forums
  - Strategy Guides: A 2013 collection of strategy guides (that may have been updated at some point?)
  - Code of Conduct: The code of conduct page
  - Make a Donation: A page where you can donate (without a menu sidebar)
Resources:
  - Profile: current profile
  - Challenges: The "challenge" puzzles posted by devs, which I don't think have been added to in quite a long while
  - Player Puzzles: Player puzzles, where you can search; also, this is where you can find the create puzzle, create 2-state switch, and create 3-state switches
  - Lab Archive: A long list of previous lab projects
  - Data Browser: Takes you to the data browser
About: the about page

Of course, the current labs are not in the menu but in the main frame on the home page.

The problem is that names like "Community" and "Resources" don't adequately describe where these branches will take you. Entering the puzzle maker, which is something that people do pretty frequently, requires going through resources to player puzzles to finding a button below the search (or alternatively scrolling down on the home page to create a puzzle, but this won't get you 2-state and 3-state puzzles).

For example, here is one proposed branching that captures some, but not all of the above activity:

Playing Puzzles: All puzzles -> "challenges", "player puzzles",
Designing for Labs: Current labs + past labs, data browser
Learning resources (or Eterna University): forums, wiki, strategy guides, potentially teaching puzzles, etc.
Creating things: Creating puzzles (all kinds), creating scripts, creating tutorials

This leaves a handful of things out:
 - The newsfeed and player profile, which seem related
 - The code of conduct, the donation page, and searching for players is also left out.

So here are my questions:
1) Any other suggestions for branching?
2) How to fit in remaining menu items in the proposed branching?
3) Should there be a different menu structure for incoming players (more relevant to them) and for more experienced players (those doing a lot of lab stuff or a lot of puzzle creation)?

Right now we're trying to improve the menu, but in the next version of Eterna it may be possible to make the site a little more adaptive to the user (feature puzzles you're currently working on on your home page, for example or labs you're examining).

Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

Best,
Ben
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bekeep, Learning Researcher

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JR

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A quick stab - How about:

Redesign home page
"smaller icons for ""mastering eterna"" and rest of page"
"get rid of ""my recent projects"""
"change ""try puzzle progression to ""puzzle progression challenges"""
leave lab access icon as is on  top
"pull ""player puzzles"" - ""Newsfeed"" - ""lab archive"" to new icon row on front page just below lab frame"?????  - banner style so it looks like one strip.


puzzles
"ÿ - Challenges: The ""challenge"" puzzles posted by devs, which I don't think have been added to in quite a long while"
"ÿ - Player Puzzles: Player puzzles, where you can search; also, this is where you can find the create - puzzle, create 2-state switch, and create 3-state switches"
- might roll Jinicol's excell spreadsheet into new category
- scripting 

analysis
- current labs
ÿ - Lab Archive: tree presentation form to show progression -milestones 
ÿ - Data Browser: Takes you to the data browser
- scripting


discussion
   - Newsfeed: takes you to the newsfeed
ÿ - Wiki: takes you to the player-maintained wiki
ÿ - Forums: takes you to these forums
ÿ - Strategy Guides: A  collection of strategy guides 
- articles
- videos - utube list
- eternacon's


Participants
ÿ - Players: lets you search for players
ÿ - Profile: current profile


Eterna
ÿ - Code of Conduct: The code of conduct page
ÿ - Make a Donation: A page where you can donate (without a menu sidebar)
- About: the about page
- donor list - sources of funding
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bekeep, Learning Researcher

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JR: I like your redesign ideas. I'll talk to Sharif about shrinking the icons for mastering Eterna. Changing the name of the puzzle progression title makes sense.

Do you want "player puzzles", "newsfeed", and "lab archive" in their own banner-like menu because you use them frequently?

Question for others: do other players agree with JR that "Recent Projects" should go? Happy to get rid of it if people aren't using it.