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Re^2: Making Perl Monks a better place for newbies (and others)

by puudeli (Pilgrim)
on Mar 19, 2009 at 05:58 UTC ( #751629=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Making Perl Monks a better place for newbies (and others)
in thread Making Perl Monks a better place for newbies (and others)

First and foremost, I vehemently disagree with those who feel we should change the "look and feel" of the Monastery, in pursuit of something "flashy" or "modern." "Don't fix what ain't broke" is valid advice to those who concern themselves solely with appearance. Being au courant is perhaps a good thing if one is peddling widgets, but it requires an unnecessary investment for a community dealing in knowledge, like this one. Further, being "up-to-date" (another phrase often used by advocates of a new look) is transitory. Today's up-to-date is tomorrow's passe.

I must say that I disagree. Look and feel has a huge impact on the usability of the site. Also, improving the layout is not fixing. A modern looking site does not have to compromise the content in any way. I have to admit though that the designing of the PM user interface does require vision, skill, time and thought and can not be considered to be a simple task nor for the faint hearted. Making PM a better place is a worthy target and it should be the aim of every monk.

I also strongly vote for adding more markup and linking information on the node editing page. It's cheap and easy to do ;-)

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