[Haskell-cafe] Leaner Haskell.org frontpage

Derek Elkins derek.a.elkins at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 18:11:18 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 12:31 PM, Jason Dagit<dagit at codersbase.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM, Thomas ten Cate <ttencate at gmail.com> wrote:
>> By the way, the most valuable pixels, right at the top of the page,
>> are wasted on wiki stuff. Compare
>> http://www.haskell.org/
>> with, for example,
>> http://www.ruby-lang.org/
>> http://python.org/
> The thing I like the most from the ruby page is the top box of content where
> it starts describing ruby with a "Read more..." link adjacent to a code
> snippet.  Because I doubt anyone will agree on *the one* best code snippet
> to show people, I think there should/could be a pool of fun snippets and
> loading the page picks one at random.  I have no idea if the wiki engine
> supports this.  I also like the strip of links at the top with things like,
> "Download", "Community", and so on.  Something I think the Haskell page does
> much better than the other two, is the listing of events and hackage
> updates.  Both of those sections feel "inviting" to me.  It makes me curious
> and I want to explore.
> The python page looks at least as cluttered as the haskell page.  Neither
> the haskell page or the python page have the same look and feel of the ruby
> page.  I think the shaded/gradient backgrounds actually add a lot to the
> visual experience.  I also like that the boxes have a different bg color for
> the box title and the box contents.  I also like the use of icons on the
> ruby page.  The "Download Ruby" link/box with the download icon is very
> inviting.  I just want to download it, even if I'm not going to use ruby!
> Perhaps we could have a contest similar to the logo contest but for homepage
> asthetics redesign.  I think the content on the haskell page is great, but
> the visual style of the presentation could be improved considerably.
>> If, like the consensus seems to be, the page should be made more
>> friendly to beginners (who are unlikely to want to contribute to the
>> wiki right away), then this should be moved elsewhere, or at the very
>> least made smaller and less obtrusive.
> Optimizing for newcomers seems wise.
> Jason

This is what I see when visiting the Ruby page:
"DoS vulnerability in BigDecimal"

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