A modern looking portal Was: Better Perl
greg at mccarroll.org.uk
Mon Apr 7 06:53:35 BST 2008
On Sun, Apr 06, 2008 at 09:24:05PM +0100, Jonathan Tweed wrote:
> But enough talking. What can we do about it? Will The Perl Foundation
> pay for new sites? If not, why not?
I 'spose you (someone) could put in a grant request along the lines
* the proposer from the perl community would,
- find a CSS/HTML / Designer type to do the work
- act as the 'customer'
* the aim would be to create a new site prototype for a perl
news/gateway site, the final design would be available to any of
the existing perl sites or a new one.
* the amount of the grant would be reserved mainly for the designer
type person and for any expenses of the proposer.
( also if anybody does do this, can I have a request - the design
should include some sort of common site-link bar near the top so that
ideally all the major perl sites that exist could eventually include
it to bring some sort of uniformity to the perl web experience )
Although to be honest I think this would be a piece of work that would
be a better fit for a company that wanted to sponsor something for
Perl and also had a great internal design team. I suspect that,
was developed just this way by sombody inside 37 signals.
 nice features of this site:
- the colour fade at the top (don't stone me)
- dynamic language (text) with big shiny icons
- positive quote by an industry thought leader (ok get the stones
- Q & A approach for easy accessibility to information and my
favourite ... logos :-)
ps random thought: just by mentioning RoR i'm potentially raising the
web programming vs. general advocacy debate. one interesting thing
a perl news site could do for general advocacy is run a series of
articles, where each one is a focus on a specific industry.
pps random thought 2: sometimes we just don't market community
resources right. perlmonks can be very helpful to new people, yet
we never hear of perl being congratulated for its 'free real time
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