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Re: Web design [Was: Wanted: introductory page for all teams]

On Sun, May 27, 2007 at 11:35:26AM +0200, Andreas Tille wrote:
> On Sun, 27 May 2007, Frans Pop wrote:
> >Yes, a complete redesign of the website is a herculean task, but
> >contributing to specific pages or parts is trivial. OTOH, I expect that
> >for a webdesign professional even a redesign would be quite manageable as
> >AFAICT the technical structure of the website is not all that
> >complicated.
> What about a web design contest.  Once we had a "not really appealing"
> logo and solved this problem via a logo contest.  I remember other
> projects that did a contest for a good web design.  Perhaps we might
> solve a problem that no DD really wants to solve himself?
> Kind regards
I was pondering a few ideas:
a) create a website mockup designs gallery where folks could submit
screenshots of their designs

b) create a mockup site where folks can use a copy of the website data
with an apache instance and use that to display new design ideas so that
the main site is not touched. maybe mockup.debian.net/~design1,
mockup.debian.net/~design2, etc.

virtual machines or virtual hosts?

I percieve a lot of negative energy when random non-DD folks ask about
helping out with a website re-design and that leads to folks 'heading
for the exits'. If there was a place for folks to try stuff without
messing with the actual infrastrure, it would allow folks to 'go crazy'
with new and creative ideas with the benefit for DD's to feel 'safe'
about not distroying 'important links' that users need and wouldn't lead
to a revolt requring a GR. 

Any attempt that leads to a unilateral, perminent design change makes
DD's go bonkers, or so it seems. So a mockup site would allow folks to
see, comment and get used to a new design and build consesus without
needing a GR. [funny how GR almost sounds like 'Grrrr' -- the sound of
an angry DD ;-)] 
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