Visitors have a chance to contribute their own stories to museums on Antho, making the website a living, editable, evolving history. This is particularly important when the life story isn’t quite over.
Story submission is focused squarely on contributing supplementary content to the heavily autobiographical museum pages. People are invited to contribute to the life museum through the guestbook, and, in some museums, at the bottom of every exhibit page. The prompt is a rectangular, gray button, entitled “Contribute a Story.”
We simplified the story creation process when we overhauled the site. Eliminating the date and time form fields, our design favored a more streamlined, less intimidating story contribution form.
If visitors are not signed in, they will be prompted to first sign in or sign up as users before continuing on to contribute a story.
Though we knew that this extra step might deter visitors from leaving a note, we believed that it was important for the overall community to have named users (with all its attendant features like saving drafts), not just anonymous visitors, to contribute long-form stories.
The user journey to log in or sign up was designed to shorten the interruption as much as possible. After log in, the user can immediately begin the process of contributing the story.
For sign-up, filling in five short form fields would do the trick, and they would immediately be redirected to the part of the page where they can click the contribution button to reveal the story submission form.