Closing out 2019 with a bang, WikiTree released a long-awaited update to the comments system. I was excited about this for a number of reasons, but most importantly, I am hoping that this was the start of moving towards abandoning the sidebar and moving towards a more cohesive single column layout.
Since we are well into the new year, I figured it was about time to formally open discussions and a proposal on abandoning the sidebar on profiles and how this could be done:
- A plan has already been discussed for moving member tags toward the top of the page (and out of the sidebar).
- The Images section of the sidebar has been noted in the past to be redundant since the images may also be included in the biography or are readily available form the Images tab (e.g., this discussion, and this discussion, or even this discussion). Chris even noted that this could be changed to a popup slideshow in the future...
The remaining sections that would need to be reviewed are:
- Public Q&A
For Collaboration and the Public Q&A, I believe most of these items (or information) would fit nicely within the new Comments section.
The Research Text and links could be added under the Matches and Merges Section (and above the Connection and Relationship links).
The last Section that would need discussion, and is probably the most controversial, is the DNA information. I know many people rely on this information to be upfront and center on a profile, so maybe this could be combined with the Profile Vitals (Name, DOB, Parents, Siblings, Children, etc.)?
What are your thoughts on removing the sidebar?