ralvejd, I am guessing that like me, you already have 3D CAD experience.
In my previous reply I made fun of a newcomer who came in here almost 3 weeks ago intending to work on the wiki (and which was never heard from since). But he did have a point: for someone with no CAD experience at all, this page may be very confusing because he/she is not familiar with the vocabulary, the modeling methods, etc.
He called this "Expert blindness to beginners difficulties".
Granted it may be a great quick access tool for experienced users, but we have to cater to inexperienced users too.
Would it be possible to have "fold-down" sections? You click on a header, and the content under it appears. Like this: http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual
I agree with Yorik on this point:
yorik wrote:I came to the conclusion that separating things into subsections like the hub pages we currently use is actually an obstacle
As I said, I don't really have an alternative to offer. I do know that we have to provide to people who visit the wiki expecting to quickly get going.
yorik wrote:One other point everybody raises, is that there are not enough tutorials and badly organized. I agree totally!
It would be nice if we could show a thumbnail besides each tutorial, and have a short description under it. But the Tutorials page is a category page. I wonder if it's even possible to do such a thing with MediaWiki?
I like the Tutorials page on the Blender website (the redesign is great BTW). http://www.blender.org/support/tutorials/
And the top level of that Tutorials page: http://www.blender.org/support/
You'll notice that the Blender Online manual (which our wiki actually is) is just one of the subsections under the Support page.
I'm wondering if it wouldn't be best to treat the wiki as just an element of a wider "support system", just like the Blender site does. The Tutorials section should have more importance. Obviously, this would require a lot of work, and we don't have the same resources as the Blender community...
Anyway, sorry for the disorganized thoughts. Having difficulty to think this last day of the week.