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February 5, 2008 Peer review Reviewed

Portal talk:Contents/Navigation

Rename sidebar link - proposal

See discussion about renaming the link to this page (not the page itself) in the sidebar, at Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#Change Contents link in Sidebar. –Quiddity (talk) 01:10, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Disclaimer header

Per a discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Medicine/RFC on medical disclaimer, I would like to propose adding a Disclaimer header to the top of this page. Here is what the header looks like:

The purpose would be to increase awareness of Wikipedia's limitations, without adding warnings to the top of every page. --agr (talk) 23:59, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Adding a publisher's footer to the bottom of the page would be a nice touch. Across the Web, disclaimers and other administrative links are typically placed at the bottom of webpages, in a page's footer, so as not to clutter or distract. We've spent considerable effort to keep the top of this page uncluttered, so that the reader sees as much of the content of the page as possible from the instant he arrives here. Most importantly, adding headers would distract from the purpose of this page, drawing readers away, and therefore it would be inappropriate to place headers at the top.
A footer, which included a link to How to participate in Wikipedia, Wikipedia copyrights, and disclaimers, would be very helpful. I hope this helps. The Transhumanist 20:05, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

New sections

As there currently are sections of this portal dedicated to 'Outline of...', 'Index of...', 'List of' etc..., should we expand these to include contents pages for 'History of...' and 'Timeline of...' articles as well? Mschamberlain (talk) 23:27, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Click on "History" in the subject menu at the top of the page. The body of the Contents page covers Wikipedia's general navigation systems, the scope of which is all knowledge (the entire encyclopedia). To get to the branches of knowledge, click on any of the nav systems. Or use the subject menu at the top of the page (which will lead you to a treatment of the subject by all the major nav systems). The Transhumanist 20:27, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

The navbar and mobile devices

This design does not scale to mobile screens. Any thoughts around that? Jdlrobson (talk) 18:33, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

I asume you mean the buttons wrap? They do so on desktop as well. I do consider using buttons (styling) a kludge. I'd prefer a simple horizontal list (with minimal styling). The problem will always be: you can never keep everything on a single line, so a gracefull wrap is needed. -- [[User:Edokter]] {{talk}} 20:34, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Yup. What about stacking them vertically with some media query magic? Jdlrobson (talk) 03:45, 19 September 2015 (UTC)`

Perzonally I think these would make more sense as CSS drop downs Jdlrobson (talk) 03:51, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

'Contents' links here, but there is no contents

The Contents link in the sidebar (displayed on all pages) links to this page, but there is actually no contents here. Also, the whole styling deviates from all other Portal:Content/ pages. Is this something that needs to be fixed? If not, I'd like to propose (on WP:VPP) that Content link to Portal:Contents/Overviews, or maybe Portal:Contents/Portals instead, because those pages actually list topics, instead of explaining how Contents works. -- [[User:Edokter]] {{talk}} 09:16, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Adapted from a quote by Shenme: "A 'normal' wiki usually doesn't have a core structure, but Wikipedia has quite a lot of material, and various ways of organizing it, [and so this page became its navigation hub]. Having a link in the sidebar to the contents page helps people discover what organization there is."
While its subpages all have TOC and subject heading styling, this page does not because its subjects are those other systems (among others), rather than the subject classifications of Wikipedia. The Transhumanist 13:09, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Still... if I come here as a first time vistor, and click on 'Contents', I'd expect to see some contents listing. -- [[User:Edokter]] {{talk}} 16:21, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
There are subject links right at the top to: Reference Culture Geography Health History Mathematics Nature People Philosophy Religion Society Technology. There's also {{Contents pages (footer box)}} at the bottom. I'll admit these are not very prominent, but this isn't the One True TOC for Wikipedia; there are multiple ways to organize the encyclopedia's contents, so the bulk of this page is just a list of those listings. Would you like to see a big list of topics and subtopics here instead of a big list of lists of TOCs? -- Beland (talk) 20:00, 30 January 2016 (UTC)
Picking one subsystem above the others would be problematic. Creating yet another overview list would be superfluous. What we have are several vying systems, that together make up a supersystem. To favor one over the others by directing the Contents link to it rather than to this all-encompasing page would be counter productive. This, after all, is the top-level of the all-encompassing navigation system.
By the way, I like the revision. Nice touch. The Transhumanist 11:13, 24 April 2016 (UTC)