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Re: When do we update the homepage to a modern design? (was Re: Moving away from (unsupportable) FusionForge on Alioth)

On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 10:12:26AM +0000, lumin wrote:
> On Mon, 2017-05-15 at 11:19 +0200, Arturo Borrero Gonzalez wrote:
> > Our users are really complaining about our look&feel in the web and we
> > should address it.
> I'm looking forward to a new design of our homepage, but I'm not
> able to help since not familiar to this field.
> Take a look at the homepages of major distros:

> https://www.opensuse.org/

Oh no!  Kill it!  Kill it with fire!  Quickly!

> https://www.centos.org/
> https://www.ubuntu.com/
> https://getfedora.org/

Also abysmal.

> https://manjaro.org/
> https://linuxmint.com/

Not good either.

> https://www.archlinux.org/
> https://gentoo.org/

These are ok.

> Especially look at the homepage of Gentoo. Some of you must
> remember the old gentoo homepage, but now gentoo has a way much
> prettier face. Then look at ours
> https://www.debian.org/

Not that different from Gentoo's.  What's the problem you're seeing?

> We are the last major distro that move to systemd as the
> default init system. And now we are the last major distro
> that keeps an old design of homepage.

The response here seems obvious, but I won't spell it out :p

> Debian is a community that driven by volunteers. I believe
> volunteers are working hard for community at the points
> they are interested in. I guess, possibly there are too few
> volunteers able/intend to update the design, so the homepage is
> just kept as is.

If it ain't broken... (speaking about layout, not the contents.
Improvements to the latter are always worth some effort.).

> If none of the volunteers is willing to contribute a new
> design, what about spend some money to hire several worker
> working on this.

The current fad seems to be javascript-only blind-unfriendly
elinks-unfriendly bandwidth-wasting monstrosities.  I'd really prefer
a website written by a programmer over one made by a "designer".

A good page is one that lets you find information quickly, not one that
forces you to watch animations.

Don't be racist.  White, amber or black, all beers should be judged based
solely on their merits.  Heck, even if occasionally a cider applies for a
beer's job, why not?
On the other hand, corpo lager is not a race.