[pydotorg-www] [Pydotorg] Feedback wanted: preview.python.org

Jesse Noller jnoller at gmail.com
Tue Apr 9 20:47:20 CEST 2013

Requirements were outlined publicly here:


All code will be open source.

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM, anatoly techtonik <techtonik at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 2:16 AM, Jacob Kaplan-Moss <jacob at jacobian.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi folks --
> Hi jacobian,
>> A couple weeks ago at PyCon we announced the "preview" of the new
>> python.org: http://preview.python.org/. You'll recall that the PSF put
>> out an RFP and had a bid process; our work has been the result of
>> that.
>> We'd announced it in a number of places, but as Aahz just pointed out,
>> I forgot to ask for feedback on the site here. I'm really sorry --
>> that's a major oversight.
>> It's very much still a work-in-progress -- major sections are not
>> done, and most of the content is still lipsum -- but I'm interested in
>> any and all feedback anyone's got. There's a feedback form on every
>> page which you can use, or feel free to email me directly.
> My IMHO. Good sides like design choice, as always, are missing from these
> rants.
> 1. Top menu.
>   Are there any public stats about how many times every top link is clicked?
>     Everyone is curious, and this also a starting point for usability study
> until
>       the design is fixed in stone.
>   Education and Docs carry all the same meaning for me.
>   Community deserves to be placed as a last item on that menu.
>     With all respect to PSF that I have, PSF info is not that important for
> site
>       users as community stuff like planet. And everyone determined to know
>       about who is Python "powered by", can look into the footer anyway.
> 2. Excessive navigation for items already present in top menu
>   Docs and documentation takes five blocks on main page.
>   Jobs takes two blocks.
>   Downloads take three blocks.
> 3. No login/profiles
> 4. Site is not open source, which is strange and alienating for open source
> folks. There is no better resource to learn than a working code.
> 5. Python -> Downloads as the most frequently visited should be bold and at
> the right (easy to spot for returning visitors)
>   "Frequently visited" should not a be a subjective judgement.
> 6. The blank space to the right of Python logo should contain a six words
> phrase about what's what?
>   This is for people who is not familiar with the site.
> 7. Success stories bearing thumbnail for each story are more interesting
> than a raw text.
> 8. It is more intuitive for me to control top sections with background color
> coding, not with the menu color coding.
> 9. No API
> 10. Horizontal scrollbar in Chrome.
> I guess that design is all feedback that's possible to be provided for now.
> Other questions are hard to discuss without something already working. For
> example, the documentation needs an online edit / review system. It is not
> even clear if this feature is planned, and how it should be added.
> One major flaw is that there is absolutely no place for development. The key
> point IMHO around which everything else should be based in open source
> process. I understand that commercial companies are not used to customers
> who aim to provide that kind of activities, but PSF as a product owner
> should have prioritized this aspect unless it wants to make Python
> development an inhouse process.
>> If anyone has specific concerns about specific parts of the site and
>> want to talk in depth I'd be happy to set up a
>> phone/skype/hangout/whatever chat. I'm more or less free all next
>> week, so just let me know.
> I'd be interested to know about the usability development strategy. Right
> now it looks like just a catalog of links. If no usability study is planned
> on this phase, I can propose some stuff. Also something about Jobs.
>> Thanks, and again sorry that I failed to announce this here.
> The positioning of the whole process could be more public and community
> centric. =) I am more than inclined that there are many people out there
> who'd like to know the process of building such complicated site as
> *.python.org from scratch to exchange the experiences. I am even sure that
> people will fund the open development through kickstarter campaign to learn
> about A/B testing, usability study techniques, role of statistics and arts.
> I am also sure that people will be happy to help with development of
> reusable components that may be required to build python.org
> Also, Sprints and donation system for sprints, for sponsored development and
> other initiatives. I'd like to see that platform. Not just a new web 2.0
> design.
> Take this with a grain of salt. It is good that somebody works on this. Good
> luck with your quest, and feel free to contact me for details.
> --
> anatoly t.
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