Re: Slightly OT: Comments, ideas, or suggestions for improving websites
Josh King wrote:
Currently I am the lead admin/webmaster of DebCentral.org. I really
would like to take a few minutes out of your life to gather some inputs
on an idea I have.
I wonder if you or colleagues have taken a good look at what other
distros and their users are doing with regard to websites. Perhaps some
ideas may come of it? The only other ones I know well are SuSE and
Ubuntu. SuSE's online presence is also a little bitty and spread around,
largely because of the way the distro evolved before Novell took it over.
My ideal website would be one that combined the material in the really
with simpler guides for less experienced users (such as, the basics of
aptitude, how to install Nvidia/ATI 3d drivers, or the basics of
Debian-specific commands like dpkg-reconfigure or invoke-rc.d) and
forums where folks could discuss things, ask questions and point out
helpful tips like where good apt sources are. There might also be a news
section where Debian-specific items were announced or interviews run
(there is no shortage of Debian developers to interview or ask for
However, in my experience running a website is a great deal of hard work
and many people start to flag after three months or so. Many other
people enjoy running their own show and wouldn't want to combine into a
bigger one, other than as, perhaps, an item in a web ring.
I guess your questions are pertinent and quite hard to answer, because
there is already quite a lot of information out there even if it can be
hard to find and is divided between various sites. Good luck, anyway!
Many folks talk about doing this but few get off their backsides and
make the effort.