Note: this has come out of a discussion on "Why isn't the Wiki being used much?". In the process, I realised that the front page is currently an almost criminal waste of space...and that fixing it could be enough to improve Wiki's usage considerably, but also to make some other major benefits...
IMHO the frontpage of JGO is currently a complete waste of space.
The very most important text (forums, wiki, etc) on the whole page is the smallest, and extremely hard to find amidst the colourful (but useless) graphics and text. Even "Java Games Affiliates" gets more emphasis than these! (Are these people paying for this or something?). Basic UI design: On a complex page, with bigger text in the center, most people look at the center first. Many don't even look anywhere else (people are accustomed to IGNORING small print, and anything at the edges that is small == smallprint in their minds).
As to the news...well, I'm deeply unimpressed by a news page that is about ten light years behind the forums. Why bother looking at a front page that gets an update every few weeks, when the forums' news sections get several a day? (Why bother HAVING news on the front page unless it can be updated at a similar rate ... and places like flipcode etc demonstrate that it certainly *can* be done?). Oh, sorry, I forgot - we also get 5 headlines from 3DGamers. Great!
Now, if that page instead had three sections in the main column: "forums", "projects", "wiki", and each of these sections contained a few showcased items EACH DAY (or at the very least a couple cherry-picked each week), then I bet you'd see a heck of a lot more going on at the wiki - and probably in the projects area too.
FWVLIW, the only reason I became active in the forums was when I turned up at JGO one day and found the site had disappeared, to be replaced by the forums alone. Now, that's what I call "promotion". Kind of inevitable with that level of exposure that I'd register for the forums sooner or later...
Whilst it's always amusing to see Chris's grinning face staring back at me from JGO
, there are surely better uses for this space? If no-one at the GTG has time to scan the forums, the projects, AND the Wiki for interesting tidbits to highlight, just give a few of us some kind of priviledges to post to the front page - and then vet whatever we come up with (AFAICS java.net/collabnet supports this kind of thing very well?).
You have at least 20 people who's profligate usage of the forums to date demonstrates their suitability to make such judgements (what would be interesting, for instance) - and with a small group of them (rather than just one), any personal bias (e.g. towards certain topics) would even out over time.