|Keep It Simple, Stupid|
A couple of things..
One, I'm not concerned with the majority of perl hackers abandoning perl. I'm more concerned with the number of jobs that have been over taken by php, and how this has led to a misconception of perl not being as valuable. If you go to the php forums, you'll see that by and large, they look a like better than this one. My point isn't to criticize this site for the sake of hurting anyone's feelings, but because I think the community as a whole needs to asses the reality of what's going on and do what it can to encourage others to pick perl over php (in particular). I know most of you all could care less, but you're already here and know how wonderful perl is. What about the guy that's trying to convince his dipshit manager that perl is the way to go? His manager would look at this site and probably not take it very seriously.
I hate marketing as much as the next guy. I agree with Bill Hicks, that if you're in marketing, you should kill yourself. But, hey, we live in a world where appearances are important. Why not revamp the site and make it look better for marketing purposes?
I totally expect to be flamed for this post, but whatever. I know my intentions are good.
2) I'm not much of a web designer. I don't think that warrants a "well, don't say anything if you can't fix it" kind of response either. There are plenty of good UI and Web Designers out there that can skin this thing.
Maybe a fund drive where we can donate enough money so a web designer can be paid to make it look better...or, if we have someone here in the community that can make it look pro, then there you go.
3)I like the idea of making it look more how the perl.org site looks. Something modern and tasteful.