Hmm. Much griping on gimp-developer
about the www.gimp.org web
Perhaps it's because no one has really webmaster'ed it in
just about three years.
All the old folks who used to try
to keep it up to date, myself included, are no longer
interested. I have pretty
much no interest in web "stuff" anymore. Particularly
where "stuff" is markup, scripting, database setup, learning
the new web language of the week, doing graphics, and
other fluff. When did websites become such a chore?
The interesting thing is the sheer number of people
who have promised help, but never delivered even a single
typo fix, or even a suggestion for a link. It's enough
to make you completely distrust any offers for help that
arent backed up with immediate indications of sincerity.
Just something simple like, "heres this web page I made
of gimp links."
So, as far as I'm concerned, www.gimp.org site is dead,
been for at least two years. Despite several requests for
help, no one has ever really done any significant amount of
work to fix it. Lots of offers to make it "php based" and
dynamic, and easily editible, and autoupdating, etc etc,
none ever come through though. I havent really considered
myself the webmaster for at least two years. But seeing as
known else has taken over the webmaster title, I guess it's
I suspect a lot of it has to do with the original
rather large intended scope of the site. It was going to
be The Resource for gimp related stuff, and was for
a short time period. But even at its peak, only maybe %30
of the content "scoped out" was ever completed. So the task
of migrating what is there, and potentially having to come
up with the rest is somewhat intimidating.
The weird thing is, despite the vast majority
of the content on the site being between 2 and 3 years old,
no one has really created a better site. Not to mention
maintain a better site. It seems even odder given the fact
gimp is probabaly used in the creation of many web sites,
the site for the tool itself languishes. I dont quite get
And the fun part is all the griping about the lack
of content/reaction from gimp.org webmasters, stems from a
thread starting with a positive comment about a tutorial
I wrote about a gimp feature I added. Nothing quite like
having a nice comment about a contribution you made being
turned into a gripefest about your webmastering skills. Oh
well, such are the travails of gimp-developer and why we
enjoy it so much.
So, the good news is that at the moment, there
is at least one person with demonstrated web skills at least
contemplating the next
version of the site. Anyone else interested?
no comments about how it should be easy to edit my lots of
folks, and we can host it at sourceforge, and php is really
cool, and *sql rules, wikiwikithisorthat, etc. I know