New Website Beta Final Call

Monday August 30th, 2004

Steven Garrity is inviting final comments on the new website beta (located at Many of the earlier known issues have now been fixed and this call is for critical problems only. Please add your comments to the website beta feedback topic in the forums. If all goes well, the new website will launch tomorrow.

Update: The new website is now live!

#41 Much better

by Galik

Tuesday August 31st, 2004 7:46 AM

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I think this is a lot better than the last one. It's a big leap in the right direction. It's not perfect though but to begin with it works for me. There are still a lot of valid comments I've read here that it would be good to work into the final. However if they can't all be got in now that doesn't matter. Make a note of them and try to work the ideas into future upgrades to the site. If this is aimed to be helpful to migrating users then one thing you might want to consider is drawing peoples attention to the 'default' equivelents in a Microsoft installation. Along the lines of "Firefox - replacement for Internet Explorer" and "Thunderbird - replacement for Outlook Express" or "Mozilla Suite - replacement for Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Front Page plus an excellent Internet Relay Chat client". Probably can be worded better though. The reason I think this might be a good idea is that a *lot* of windows users out there really have no idea what a Browser is. To them it's just (incorrectly) "The Internet" and Internet Explorer is merely the icon that opens up "The Internet". This is partially Microsoft's fault for calling a Web Broser "Internet Explorer". "Web Explorer" would have been far more accurate. But then I guess "Internet" was the buzzword everyone knew at the time and so marketing wise it was going to be more familiar.