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Tuesday January 8th, 2002

A few of you have asked for us to post a news item taking your suggestions for the site, so here it is. Tell us all your ideas for what we can do to improve the site. Anything you want we'll think about, but try to keep it realistic.

Just to keep you updated, one of the things we're planning on working on is getting the ChromeZone up again, if we can find some volunteer editors to help organize themes. If you're interested, please email me and I'll get back to you sometime this week.

UPDATE! Right now we're working on dumping all the tables and other old HTML within the site to both show off Mozilla's skills, and to get our file sizes smaller. If you're using Communicator to view the site, you'll notice everything looking pretty ugly, thanks to the poor CSS support it offers. If you're using IE, it'll look a bit better, but thanks to IE's lacking CSS2 support, the sidebar will show up incorrectly. We've completely redone the homepage and talkback code, and we'll be working on the forums next.

UPDATE 2! We discovered Google's great "Search Site" feature, and have added it. Right now it has most areas of the site indexed except news item talkback pages. It will start indexing talkback today, and will hopefully add all of the old items, in addition to picking up the new ones.

UPDATE 3! We've been working hard to get as many of your suggestions as possible implemented, and we encourage you to continue the feedback. You can check this article's responses for what items we have fixed, or are working on.


#135 Re: Re: Re: I actually pointed this out before the

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Monday January 14th, 2002 11:17 PM

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My point is that you are no better judge of usability from a joe blow normal everyday end user than I am. The C|net users seem overall more satisfied with Netscape6.2 than they are with IE. It's a smaller sample (only about 2200 users commented/voted) but I trust they are closer to normal everyday users than either of us and they match up pretty well with your users of "heavily trafficked non-browser related forums".

>Preach your sermon to me when Moz hits 50% usage..... or no..... 40%..... or wait..... 30%..... or better yet, 20%..... ah, what the hell..... when Moz hits 15%. Until then, try selling that Florida swamp land to someone else.

Either you're playing dumb or you're not playing. It's pretty obvious to most people thata have been paying attention for the last few years that usability has little or nothing to do with marketshare. When some Mozilla-based browser hits 15%, 30%, 60%, whatever, it won't have much to do with usability. I'm willing to bet just about anything that even if Mozilla was twice as usable as IE, without some major bundling deal it will never enjoy substantial market share. Without a distribution mechanism to counter the oposition's bundling with the OS there really isn't any hope of major gains in marketshare. There simply aren't enough people that download and install web browsers. The overwhelming majority of users take what they're handed with their new PC purchase and if it's simply 'good enough' they won't even investigate an alternative.

--Asa