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Re^6: Site facelift?

by Anonymous Monk
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:35 UTC ( #872203=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^5: Site facelift?
in thread Site facelift?

Will you use and advocate something new to others if it looks ugly and is slow? And there is a overall negative mood about it all around?


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Re^7: Site facelift?
by JavaFan (Canon) on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:51 UTC
    I think you mean "Will my decision to advocate something be based on the appearance (but not content) of a fansite"? That answer is no.

    If you are offered a company car, and your choices are between a Ferrari and a Lada, would you pick the Lada because on your way to the office, you saw a dirty, dented, pale-pink Ferrari?

    Now, I may recommend people not going to Perlmonks if it started using red coloured Comic Sans fonts on a bright green background, with all the headers blinking, but even then I'm not recommending against Perl.

    Perlmonks != Perl.

            I think you mean "Will my decision to advocate something be based on the appearance (but not content) of a fansite"? That answer is no.

      JavaFan,

      I'm failing to understand why it has to be an either or scenario. Will improving the design take away from the content? Do you think that people will stop contributing to the site? If I and/or a few others volunteer our time to work on this would it ruin your perception of the site? Would you stop using it?

      I'm just trying to understand if you simply feel design has no relevance in the decisions people make or if it ultimately hurts a site (namely this one).

      "...the adversities born of well-placed thoughts should be considered mercies rather than misfortunes." Don Quixote
        I'm failing to understand why it has to be an either or scenario. Will improving the design take away from the content? Do you think that people will stop contributing to the site? If I and/or a few others volunteer our time to work on this would it ruin your perception of the site? Would you stop using it?
        No, I'm not saying that at all. Please start reading from the top of this thread.

        All I'm saying is that the appearance of this site is insignificant when it comes to how often Perl is "picked over PHP". Even if I were to believe there's an earth shocking "decline of Perl" (which people have been claiming for at least a dozen years - even before Perlmonks existed), I still do not think the appearance of this site plays any role in that. People will not ditch Perl for PHP if perlmonks becomes slower, or started used blink and pre as the only markup. Nor will Perl gain any noticeable marketshare if we'd all agree on what the best appearance is, and it would be implemented overnight.

        Do whatever you want with the site. Just don't pretent this site is that important. That's what I'm arguing about, the feel of self-importance.

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