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I'm still wrapping my head around the workflow and functionality of Panels (in general, not just 3.1 ;), but would it be a good idea or not to have a link to manage 'panel nodes' on the Dashboard along with the 'Manage pages' and 'Manage mini-panels'?
Also, in trying to understand the differences between panel pages and panel nodes - is there any difference apart from the context thing? The workflow seems so radically different. Could I ask what the thought behind having 'panel pages' as not being a type of node when I always hear people saying that it's best to move to this paradigm for other modules?