1. Well its 4-1 [so far!] so I think a 2 column structure gets to go. Having tipped my hand, I'd make the following pleas:
a) please consider http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page_Test
I am NOT happy in the first case with the contents expanding to subcategories - it won't scale and pushes things too far down. It's too many English links at the top.
Really, if you think about it, the front page would just be a heading and 6 links. The topics aren't connected.
That's why a contents is a bad idea to begin with. Numbering them 1-6 when they are not related topics suggests an ordering that just isn't there. I can tolerate it it if it is just here are 6 main topics to get you start, but if you start putting the subtopics there as well it is bad. In my opinion.
b) The column layout isn't for browsing. It's to cater to the different use cases of Wiki
unwallflower wrote:I visit it when I need to know something specific, and I want to be able to find something quickly and then apply it to whatever I was doing.
is all very well for your use case. But what about new users? or someone looking for source code? or how to edit maps? And in all cases when they speak polish as their first language? Or Spanish as their only language?
c) So can we agree on http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page_Test
for contents, and then really consider how http://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
stacks up against the preferred contender, consider all the use cases?
2. I like Robyn's addition of the flags. But again I'm concerned that it doesn't scale. Already it is too long. 50- countries - 100 countries - most with 2 or more languages - keep the flags but put them side by side. Also can we think NOW about how we layout the many languages in one country. So I'm thinking (with flags by the side - I'm too lazy to put them in here - I'll use a *)
* Australia | * Austria | * Belgium [Dutch|French|German] | * Czech | ... | * USA [English|Spanish]