This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments or questions on this topic should be made in a new Senate Hall page rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. Advanced Jedi Training Droid 6(Talk to my master) 00:00, April 30, 2016 (UTC)
So, I've been moving about the wiki recently and have come to notice another Wikia change. Top Links.
My curiosity piqued, I wondered what these 'Top Links' were, and what constitutes a 'Top Link.' In addition, I was also curious as to why these 'Top Links' displayed advertisements to other sties, such as things of the 'Top Ten Craziest Fan Theories about the Force Awakens!' caliber.
While I have no problem with the Top Links section, doesn't Wookieepedia already include an "External Links" section for articles with real-world counterparts, along with inter-language links? Is this seemingly ad-driven 'Top Links' section primarily focused on promoting Wikia's new Fandom initiative or providing users with a consistent and easy way to view subjects aligning to the article's relevancy to other Star Wars works? For instance, where the 'Top Links' section is in an article is confusing, with it sometimes being located right below the 'Behind the scenes" section, or right above it. Sometimes even being at the very top of the page above "History"! In addition, many of these 'Top Links'—whatever they're calculated by—seem to link to Legends articles or vice-versa. Is it not confusing for a reader who uses the Top Links section exclusively to jump-back and forth between canon and Legends sources? Isn't that why we made canon pages superior to their Legends counterparts for SEO? (Search Engine Optimization)
While I have no problem with the 'Top Links' section as long as its done right, I have a few concerns about its current implementation and possible effects on the coherency of Wookieepedia's policies, and general readership confusion. In addition, is it really necessary to have those ads? - Commander Boots 21:07, March 30, 2016 (UTC)
This is an A/B test running for a few weeks, and it is only seen by 2-3% of all visitors (logged in and logged out). We're testing, across Wikia, how people might interact with more visibly-surfaced links, how it affects (if at all) the user experience, etc. Assuming this was ever formally implemented beyond user testing, it will be populated with articles from the wiki in question (so Wookieepedia visitors would see Wookieepedia links). Ultimately, the question that's being tested with this is whether or not more visibly surfaced links like this can get people to engage with a wiki's content and keep people around longer. In regards to its changing placement, that's also part of the test, to see what the right presentation and placement for it might be. We want to see how people would interact with it in multiple spots, compared to how they might interact with it in the right rail, for example. That way, we can make any decisions about this (whether to keep it, what it should look like, where it can go, etc) based on actual tested data. - Brandon Rhea(talk) 22:52, March 30, 2016 (UTC)