Site Improvement Suggestions

Thank you so much for creating this site. It's a great idea and a wonderful tool.

To make this site even better, though, I have a few suggestions.

First, I would love an FAQ section. I think your introduction pages to documents are very helpful, but I would like to know more about some of the kinds of documents before I download them. As it is right now, I've had to download the forms and open them up in Acrobat before I can find out what exactly each one is and what they do. I think putting brief content descriptions of downloads (e.g. next to Notes, write out that the pdf includes plain notebook paper, cornell-style notes, graph paper, etc.) would be extremely helpful and much appreciated. In an FAQ section, you could make it easier for users to look up what a particular form is and what it does, e.g. including a question like "What are Cornell Notes and How do I use them?" with a brief answer under a topic called "Note Types." This gives the user a quick and official (being approved by the site as final answers, rather than relying on potentially disparate and confusing user responses, as is the case in the forums). You also have more potential for better organization (which is the overall goal of this site) of topics with an FAQ section. Because an FAQ section would remain fairly consistent in content and subject titles, you could create a table of contents with hyperlinks to each subject, making the FAQ section very user-friendly. In contrast, forums always have the potential of a new thread being posted, and therefore new subjects lines, which rely on accurate titling and categorization by the originating users and might be redundant.

Secondly (or thirdly, if you include a summary line next to forms as a separate suggestion), I would very much appreciate an Index of Terms (though this could be included as part of the FAQ section). Being new to the site, I'm unfamiliar with some of the terms you use. A good example: I have no idea what you mean by the "2-Up" in "Classic 2-Up." My search of the site and a more detailed search of the forums proved fruitless. Make it easy for us, and give us a few one-line definitions for those of us who aren't yet planner-savvy. :)

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2 Up

Being an Aussie I should claim that 2-Up refers to the Australian gambling game of Two Up (essentially tossing 2 coins in the air and betting on the outcome). And "Classic 2-Up" would be the way it was played in World War I. It's actually illegal in Australia except in casinos and on ANZAC Day, our additional Rememberance Day, when the retired servicemen & servicewomen play it.

But here at DIY Planner...

"2-Up" means 2 forms to a page

"Classic 2-Up" means 2 forms to a page in Classic size, which is one of the standard sizes for commercially sold planners in the USA.

A bit of clarification

Classic 2-up means 2 Classic size pages printed on one page. Since Classic (a la Franklin-Covey) is 5.5 by 8.5 inches, 2-up makes one 11 by 8.5 inch sheet

You will find reference to Hipster/PDA - those are index card size - 3 by 5 inches - and can be found in 4-up templates. Print 4 cards to a standard letter page and then cut them out.

Hey, Kat ! I would like to know the rules to the game 2-Up. Is it a drinking game ?

Update: Google is my friend !
Kat ! Is this accurate by your knowledge ?
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

2-up is a

...gambling game a bit like craps. But instead of dice it's 2 coins which are placed on a wooden sick or small paddle and flipped into the air. The players bet on if there'll be 2 heads, 2 tails, or one of each (and which of the 2 coins will be heads or tails) when the coins hit the ground.

The wikipedia page is accurate about it's history.

It's not really a drinking game although some people do drink while playing it. It got a bad reputation because it could be set up anywhere and sometimes dodgy (untrustworthy) people ran the games or fights started over who 'should' have won.

It's one of the legacies left to us by the sailors and British marines who founded the British colonies in Australia. Along with the habit of calling a 'sidekick' or pal a "mate", and terms like "dodgy". :)

:) Talk like a pirate day is rather like any other day in Australia as lots of us already use naval slang :) tee hee