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Re: Re: Documentation for POE?

by hossman (Prior)
on Aug 06, 2003 at 00:28 UTC ( #281230=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Documentation for POE?
in thread Documentation for POE?

I won't argue with you, but if you feel so strong about it then just edit the damn thing and make it look better.

It is after all a publicly editable Wiki, so if you think it's ugly, make it pretty.

(And then other people can complain about how it's got too much flash, and not enough substance, and I can chastise them for not adding content, and we'll get into a really nice positive feedback loop that will result in a constantly growing & sexy to look at site that will improve without bound for ever and ever....)

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Re: Re: Re: Documentation for POE?
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 06, 2003 at 01:01 UTC
    What a great design concept: Create an ugly site, but include a Wiki, so when people complain, you can tell them to fix it themselves. Brilliant.

      It's better then creating a pretty site that you abandon and gets stale and provides poor and outdated documentation that find your site and have no way to update it.

      (I'm not a big fan of the whole Wiki concept, but it has it's major advantages, and this is one of them.)

        Looking at the POE website is like taking a bus trip with someone who has needed a bath for a long time. It is not merely bad; it's unpleasant in a hostile way. The visuals are grubby and drab. The structure is unkempt and doesn't adhere to any rules. The color scheme . . .

        But let me catch my breath. The website is awful in so many different ways. Websites usually begin with a stab at an impressive header, but this one has no standard header and just displays 'User Resources' in a type font that came with my Macintosh.

        I purused your site in mounting gloom, realizing that I was witnessing something historic, a Perl website that for decades to come will be the punch line of jokes about bad Perl websites.

Re: Re: Re: Documentation for POE?
by William G. Davis (Friar) on Aug 06, 2003 at 03:57 UTC
    Well, considering that the website looks to be dozens of pages in size and that the Wiki only gives you access to stuff between the opening and closing <body> tags, with each page using the same stylesheet that no one can change (global.css), I don't think it's reasonable to assume that anyone can just "edit it" and make it look "pretty."

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