Andkon Proposes New Design for Mozilla Foundation Front Page

Tuesday July 27th, 2004

Sometime Mozilla antagonist Andras "andkon" Konya has written an essay on how the Mozilla Foundation can attract new users by improving its website. Andkon takes a critical look at the current front page and the main Mozilla Firefox page before presenting an alternative front page design that he believes will cater better to the needs of end users.

#41 a bit... stupid?

by Eric_Coleman

Wednesday July 28th, 2004 8:36 AM

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I think the audience that this person wants to reach is unreachable. Back in the day, mid 90's or so when the internet started getting massive converts from other systems, such as BBSs, the averate internet user had some technical knowledge. This is no longer the case. From a numbers perspective, I think the average user is dumber than this guy gives them credit for. I'll use my family as an example. My mother has no idea what a web browser is. She know's my sister clicks on a blue E or something but that's it. Even though my mother doesn't know what a web browser is, or could even care, she still uses the computer for email, pictures, and instant messaging. To drive a car one does not need to know what a hemi is. And that is the reality of the internet today. I honestly believe that a vast majority of users, except for the technically inclined of course, are simply out of reach, regardless of how a web page is designed.

The article did have one good idea, even though it didn't know it. It suggested that most of the download increase from the CERT warning was from government users. This I don't believe. Government workers are not granted permission to simply install anything they want on their computers. Government agencies get their computers with predetermined software. It might actually make some sense to warm up different agencies to the idea of using Mozilla products instead of IE and Outlook, simply from a security standpoint. If people use something different at work, it may make them more inclined to switch at home.