- What is your general impression?
Overall, a lot of good ideas in this new website. It fixes some issues with the previous one, such as information on a given subject being grouped together (e.g., yield). On the other hand, I believe there is still a long way to go in terms of consistency: there is still a patchwork feeling due to redirections to external pages (more on that later).
In addition, there is an unprofessional feeling to the current website, exemplified below:
- On the landing page, the “Yield reserves” field is inaccurate. At the time of viewing, the value shown was 10,532,236 USD, while the value in the Gnosis safe (accessed through the “Yield reserves” button) is 8,311,319.92 USD. The difference is significant (roughly 20%), and gives an extremely unprofessional impression from the beginning. This needs to be fixed.
- Under “The yield”, “Zero core”, “MONTHS” appears truncated on my screen (14")
- The left menu feels somehow disconnected from the main, center part. For instance, when clicking “The token”, something should happen in the center menu.
- There is no reference to the team. There should be an additional “The team” section on the left.
- Pick one specific aspect and discuss it!
My main concern with the website is consistency: In short, there are still too many links that points to external places. Concretely, on the left panel, out of 10 clickable items, 6 open new tabs without showing anything on the main page (each of the planets, buy XIO, Vote with XIO).
This is in addition to the fact that a significant number of news were presented through medium articles/social media posts, and sometimes contradict what is on the website (due to being outdated): it is difficult to know what information is “cannon”.
The lack of consistency is reinforced by the fact that each project have their own domain name, rather than being gathered under the banner of a single domain name (for instance, flashstake.blockzero.io). This point has been bothering me for a while, because it would be very easy for a bad actor to create a fishing website, such as “flashstakev3.io”, link it on social media/discord while core members are not looking, and scam users.
- Which difficulties do you see?
It would require a significant amount of work to bring everything together, and might bring back the “TMI” feeling from the previous website. Furthermore, having everything under a single domain name could be an obstacle to letting the projects live their own life after a while.
- How would you improve it?
Ideally, what I would love to see is all the relevant medium articles being updated and relocated to the blockzero website, while being removed from medium. I would also like the projects to be under a blockzero domain name.
A more realistic and immediate step would be to display something on the main page before redirecting the user. For instance, when a user clicks “Vote with XIO”, an explanation of the process could appear on the center page, something in the lines of “In the XIO universe, the users have the ability to vote on important decisions. This decision process is handled through discussions on the forum, and a vote on the snapshot platform”, followed by 2 big buttons: “The forum”, “Voting”.
Similarly, when the user clicks on “Buy Xio”: “The most convenient way to buy XIO at the time being is through the decentralised exchange uniswap.”, followed by a big uniswap button.
Finally, at least some information from the discord channel should be brought to the blockzero website. For instance, the whole bit on making proposals is missing from the website (unless it is a deliberate choice, and not an option anymore?). This sums up what I mean regarding different sources of information, and which one is cannon.
Overall, I would say that I appreciate the team being so active on different social media platforms, but that it is very ambitious and can easily lead to having contradictory information in different places, or having the website present outdated info. I hope that the new community manager (congrats @Panos ) will keep an eye on these issues and make sure the projects has consistent communication.