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I'm kind of curious about abouts...
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:20:27 am »
If you've ever browsed the Compendium's About page, you'll notice it's a massive document that explicitly spells out the sites short term and long term goals, all of the roles within the site, and even has a charter explaining the site's aims and rules of conduct. More importantly, it's constantly being updated and changed to match the current state of the site.

So I'm wondering, what are the about pages of other sites you visit like? Post as many links as you can and let's find out. Also feel free to talk about why you visit those sites or what you think of them.


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Re: I'm kind of curious about abouts...
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010, 04:38:12 am »
 :oops: It seems I never watched that page.
About the sites I usually visit, I tend to stick in several pages. I don't have the habit to try all links of a site. I usually create bookmarks of the most visited pages above the tabs of my browser.

For example, for the compendium, it is http://www.chronocompendium.com/Forums/index.php?action=unread;all;start=0
For some forums, I bookmarked the forum homepage (I may ignore the main home page of a site).

So you may figure out, I find those sites via search results (usually some topics), then register if I want to ask or say something. If I feel I like it after some discussions, I will stay there for a while, or else I just forget it. :P

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Re: I'm kind of curious about abouts...
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2010, 06:07:56 am »
I've been lobbying for a while now (although not very intensely) to get the About page heavily streamlined.

Much of what I read online are news websites and blogs. Some of them, such as Cliff Mass' Weather Blog and The New York Times Online, don't have "About" pages at all. In these cases, the purpose and functionality of the site are usually obvious, and the ways the site can be used are limited. Thus an "About" page is of limited benefit.

Most of the rest have succinct "About" pages that can be read in seconds. I noticed when assembling these links, however, that they are not consistent in what they offer. Here are a few examples:

http://xkcd.com/about/
http://www.youhaventlived.com/qblog/about.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/help/default.stm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/p/huffington-post.html

Two exception are IO9.com and Google, which have a longer "About" page, leading to multiple subpages:

http://io9.com/about/
http://www.google.com/intl/en/about.html

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Re: I'm kind of curious about abouts...
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2010, 07:48:10 am »
I often read and also cite from it often. I haven't know many others too though.