Simplifying/Reducing verbiage on Registration Page
I was just looking at the registration page. I know we made some effort a while ago to simplify the page, as it had a pretty overwhelming amount of text. Looking at it now, I think it still presents a wall of text, and I'd like to see if we can reduce some of the text on the page. Here are some suggestions:
Current: "Registering for the CUNY Academic Commons is easy. Just fill in the fields below and we'll get a new account set up for you in no time."
Proposed: Remove this entire line.
Rationale: it's bad form to say something is "easy" -- some people may find it difficult. And this direction seems extraneous, since the purpose of the page is pretty straightforward.
Current: "Because the Commons is meant to be a space for collaboration between members of the City University of New York, a CUNY email address is required to use the site. Please use your CUNY email address to register. You may change your preferred email address after registering if you'd like." to
Proposed: "A CUNY email address is required for registration. You may change your preferred email address after registering."
Rationale: condensing language.
Current: "Note: The CUNY Academic Commons is currently available for use by CUNY faculty, staff, students, graduate alumni, postdocs, and (in special cases) non-CUNY members involved in CUNY projects."
Proposed: Remove the word "Note" and all bolding in this sentence.
Rationale: bold text clutters the page. I think we can unbold this. And we can remove the unnecessary word "Note"
Current: "Your profile photo will be used on your profile and throughout the site. If there is a Gravatar associated with your account email we will use that, or you can upload an image from your computer."
Proposed: "Your profile photo will be used on your profile and throughout the site." (remove "If there is a Gravatar associated with your account email we will use that, or you can upload an image from your computer.")
Rationale: Gravatar is pretty WordPress-specific language, and I doubt it has meaning for most users. I think the idea of uploading an avatar image is pretty well-recognized as a practice on the internet and doesn't need explanation
Current: "Brief Descriptor"
Proposed: I don't know what would be better, but this seems to me like a somewhat unclear designation. Does anyone have ideas for alternatives?