Our joinmastodon.org website has been redesigned from the ground up--it looks nicer and explains better!
@Mastodon If feedback is welcome:
- I see your second big button says "Find a Server". However, someone just showing up at this page doesn't know what a "Server" is, and I find understanding both what a "Server" is and why it's necessary (as it isn't for other social media networks) is a barrier to new users. I would replace "Find a server" with "Sign up", "Servers" on the second page with "Join a server", and "Find out where to sign up" with maybe "Join any server, you'll see the same posts"
@Mastodon If you think this is too big a change, one smaller change I would recommend strongly-- on the "Find a Server" page it says "New here? Check out the help section below.". Check out the help section below is bolded but it is not a link. You have to scroll real, REAL far down on this page to find the help section and it's not labeled "Help Section" so it's not easy to find what you mean. An anchor link would be an easy way to remove friction here.
@mcc Agree on that. Plus, maybe, still a "getting started" link pointing for registration on some geographically close "general-purpose server" could be a good starting point as well. Personally, for most of my non-tech crowd, understanding why they would want to deal with what a "server" might be is one of the highest hurdles in adopting networks such as Mastodon (directly followed by figuring out which criterias to choose a "server" by").
@Mastodon Nice effort. When using Android 12's mode for elderly people the mobile version of the site looks b0rked on Firefox mobile though.
@Mastodon I think it needs an additional join button *at the bottom*. Maybe a "find a server" section right under "what our users are saying", as to encourage people to actually try it out after learning what it is
The improvements are very nice. What about the official Android app though. I know it's meant to be simple, but it's lacking so many basic features. Bookmarks being one. It is also horrid at image loading. It seems to have caching issues and also wants to load HQ images instead of lower quality images for every post, every time. It makes the experience appear very slow. I checked the GitHub and don't see much activity at all lately.
I know a lot of people use a third party app. I do as well. But, the official app is the official representation of the service. As it stands, it's just not a good one.
@Mastodon Looks great! As a FOSS developer myself, I'm very happy to see that more and more open source software is getting an actually modern design!
This is because when using @fdroidorg for example, I often notice how some apps have poor design. This is understandable, of course (don't get me wrong), but this can lead to less non-tech savy users having trouble and frustration using the app.
Anyways, I like the redesign, good job!
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