[Mailman-Users] Custom Sign-Up Form
fmouse-mailman at fmp.com
Tue Oct 17 04:12:10 CEST 2006
Thus spake Brad Knowles on Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 06:11:28PM CDT
> At 8:03 PM +0200 10/16/06, Zbigniew Szalbot wrote:
> > Using this opportunity, has anyone thought of really making all these
> > pages simpler, less jargon-free and more understandable for a typical,
> > non-technical user?
> That's a wonderful idea. However, since most of the people who
> contribute to these efforts are people who've been around for a while
> and who understand the importance of things like reading the FAQs,
> this is kind of a self-selecting community.
> If you could provide some contributions in this area, that would be wonderful.
Anyone that does this kind of thing is a saint! One of my big beefs with a
whole lot of open source software is that it's written by, for and about geeks,
and while the work would be potentially useful to a lot of people, it's
surrounded by a haze of geek jargon that makes it semi-impervious to
non-technical minds. I run Mailman lists for the Travis County Democratic
Party in Texas, numerous other political groups, and for a couple of musical
instrument special insterest groups. While the list admins for these are
reasonably tech-savvy, the list subscribers are decidedly not. I have to
re-work stuff a lot.
For a project I'm working on I just de-geeked the Namazu search engine example
page, which used Emacs, FreeBSD and other techie terms as search word examples.
I replaced all the geek words with fruits and vegetables. Everyone understands
fruits and vegetables ;-)
Lindsay Haisley | "Fighting against human | PGP public key
FMP Computer Services | creativity is like | available at
512-259-1190 | trying to eradicate | <http://pubkeys.fmp.com>
http://www.fmp.com | dandelions" |
| (Pamela Jones) |
More information about the Mailman-Users