openwrt and lede - remerge proposal
richb.hanover at gmail.com
Thu May 11 09:06:24 EDT 2017
Although I'm not a committer, I'm one of the folks that got the LEDE sites (main, forums) organized and running, I want to second and amplify on Hannu's comments:
1) The current OpenWrt site design does look old - 1990's old. The current dokuwiki theme gives a more modern look.
2) More importantly, the entire LEDE web presence (except for the forums) is contained in the dokuwiki. This matters because it makes it trivial for (admin users) to edit the main page of the site (as opposed to needing yet another set of privileges to maintain the home page.)
3) Putting the home page in dokuwiki makes it straightforward to update a news portion of the home page - people who have legitimate news to announce can send it to one of the dokuwiki admins, who can add it to a News sidebar. (That sidebar is not there now, but would be a good - and simple - addition to the site.)
4) I also prefer the Discourse forum software, because of its many features both for people entering posts (Markdown!), and for its administrative capabilities.
> On May 11, 2017, at 4:03 AM, Hannu Nyman <hannu.nyman at iki.fi> wrote:
> Hauke Mehrtens wrote on Wed May 10 15:17:37 PDT 2017:
> > On 05/08/2017 03:19 PM, John Crispin wrote:
> > > *) landing page
> > > - update the lede landing page to represent the openwrt name
> > > - update the landing page to have the same look & feel as the current
> > > openwrt landing page
> > > - point openwrt.org at the lede landing page
> > I prefer the LEDE design, but with the news like content on the OpenWrt
> > page, but I do not really care and will not block the merge about this.
> My two cents to the design discussion:
> The old www.openwrt.org, wiki and downloads site design is rather dusty and looks like 1990s.
> The "news-like" content of the Openwrt www front page has been problematic due to the strange reason that the page contains a prominent "Headlines" lift box for OLD news but not for current news. Right now it highligts e.g. Backfire 10.03.1 release... Current news items are not listed in the Headlines-liftbox but just displayed in the wide middle column. But does anybody really scroll down that long page to find the next current news item below the topmost one? I have started to complain about that design already in 2011 so this opinion is not new...
> I hope that if any news-like content gets displayed on the new front page, the old design mistakes can be avoided.
> > > *) wiki / forum
> Regarding wiki and forum, I prefer the LEDE's design and the LEDE forum's modern functionality (user targeting, easy picture copy-paste, responsivity etc.) over the old Openwrt forum. That opinion is based on rather active forum usage, as based on the number of posts I am currently the #2 poster on the Openwrt forum and #1 on the LEDE forum.
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