Well, one of the reasons I didn't posted here is because I didn't had an account until last week. First time I tried to create an account (2 years ago), the sign-up process didn't worked out for me.
I mocked up the gods page because that was the page I had open when I decided to do the face lift exercises. Indeed, a page with threaded discussions and some code on it would have been a more fortunate choice.
From what I understand in this thread, lots of people see benefits in redesigning the site - what I can't seem to find is some good reasons for not doing it.
If people in charge would give me access to perlmonks codebase, I'd take time and do it myself. Regarding the final theme, I think a poll would be more than welcome
Reducing or eliminating borders did look nicer/less cluttered. Edit: Any good CSS editors out there? Does Dreamweaver come with one (I have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, though mainly for the graphics apps [now if they would just buy out Painter.... ])?
Well, I'm not very keen on the dark on dark title bar, but overall, his 're-design' looks pleasant on my eyes. The 'roundiness' looks good but I can't help feeling that it's a style flavour that's going to look like last year's suit before too long. But what do I know.
However, I have to take exception to his comments about the fonts being too small.
On my monitor the fonts are just right (unlike so many other websites). My 'gods' node doesn't display anywhere near the number of characters per line that his image shows as default. In fact my page font is even bigger than his revised 'large' font fix. So he's taken what appears (to me) to be a properly sized font, and increased it yet more, and then padded the sides of the page with yet more wasted white space. Now granted I'm not using the largest monitor in the world, but it's not the smallest either.
Is this what the web has come to? This website sucks because I can't read it on my jumbo monitor?
The contrast feels rather low to my eyes, especially on the lighter-blue links. It reminds me of firebirdsql.org whose re-design was IMO a disaster but my artistic friend liked the result. (The old web site (web.firebirdsql.org), however, did very much look like something from 1998, with tacky WordArt and everything. (Perhaps removing the WordArt would've been sufficient.))
What's disturbing me about the mock-ups is the size of the top navigation bar. Even the smallest one of them takes one quarter of the vertical space of my browser window. (The largest, almost half.) And it's sticky.