MozillaZine Readers Give New Mozilla Website a 7.4

Monday December 29th, 2003

In our previous poll, we asked you to rate the new Mozilla website on a scale of 1 to 10. 3,168 people voted, giving the new site a mean average of 7.4 and a modal score of 8. The variance of the votes was 4.4 and the standard deviation was 2.1. All in all, it looks like you like the new site then.

For our final poll of the year, we want you to pick the most significant event for the Mozilla project of 2003. There's five developments to choose from, including the major Roadmap update unveiled in April, the Firebird naming conflict, the launch of the Mozilla Foundation, the dismantling of Netscape Communications Corporation and the Mozilla Foundation's new end user focus. Pick one, vote and see which event other readers regard as the most significant. Results in the new year.

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by Racer

Monday December 29th, 2003 9:46 PM

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Netscape to web site developers meant that they would make an effort to make the site compatible. For Netscape 7.0 & 7.1, this meant good support of Mozilla 1.x as you could write to webmasters and say "your web site does not work with the latest Netscape" to which they usually responded by fixing the problem. However, now that newer Netscapes are not being released, this argument is less and less powerful as time goes on. Even worse, saying "your web site does not work with the latest Mozilla" will often get you a weird look.

Yes it is true that Netscape is no longer a force to be reckoned with, but it was an icon that everyone knew and respected in a sentimental sort of way. To put it another way, the Mozilla projects would be better off if AOL would grant the Netscape license to the Mozilla foundation and allow rebranding of the Mozilla suite as "Netscape 7.2+". Sure, there would be no new features AND it would still be open source, but it would be "Netscape" and people would automatically trust it more. (We all know this probably won't happen).