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Re: Like to help contribute Apache Subversion

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:37:52 -0500

[Steven Wu]
> I am looking to revamp the entire site. Not just a minor update. But I like
> to redevelop it with modern technology using HTML5, CSS3 and bit of JQuery.

> There would be major overhaul, from styling, structure, making it
> more engaging, possibly changing the navigation so it has drop down
> menus at the top.

I'm still skeptical that anything is actually broken that "modern
technology" can fix. It seems to me that with our relatively static
content, a relatively static presentation fits best.

Our content? Not really what you've proposed to redesign.

Navigation? Most of our content is one or two clicks away from any
page, via the sidebar. And the sidebar itself is really easy to find,
thanks to a fairly uncluttered layout. Can't get any easier than that.

Is it the fact that our links are blue and underlined?

Maybe we lack features? I guess I can't think of any features that
would be useful on this sort of site. We don't need a blogging engine,
we don't need banner ads or surveys or comment threads or RSS
input/output or [+|-] feedback buttons that hover over you saying
"well? what do you think? well?", we don't need twitter feed
integration, I doubt we really care about whether people can "digg" our
pages. I don't think our users need to be able to zoom in and out of
our news items, or report our security advisories to del.icio.us. And
I hope I never ever have to see our site wanting to run some code from
friggin' google-analytics. I wouldn't mind seeing some UI improvement
in the issue tracker, but that's a separate site.

Granted I'm getting old and crotchety, but I guess I'm just not seeing
the value-add in any of this "modern technology" for a website such as
subversion.apache.org. But maybe a mockup would help me understand.

Received on 2011-09-23 04:38:36 CEST

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