[theforum] movement for redesign

Jeff Howden jeff at jeffhowden.com
Tue Aug 12 21:48:51 CDT 2003


> From: William Anderson
> I'm just wondering tho, why we're so desperate to retain
> google's attention - with redirects in place, it will
> cope fine - it's not like our livelihoods depend upon
> people searching for stuff via google.  Were we a
> commercial outfit, I'd be more concerned about it tba :)

if we're ever going to become solvent and self-sustaining or if we're going
to start offering a pay to use service, it'd be in our best interests to
start thinking like a commercial outfit.

regardless of the being or thinking "commercially", one thing is true.
stagnation is death.  by that i mean, if we don't continue to grow the
community by attracting more developers, we'll eventually all either get
tired of this whole thing and leave, grow old and die, get hit by buses,
etc. until there's no one left to turn out the lights.  our long-term
existence is dependent on having a constant stream of new users.  we get
those new users through exposure from search engines which comes from having
high quality content that's linked to by alot of outside resources.

so, it makes sense to not screw with something good, to not assume google
will "cope fine", or blindly assume our livelihoods *don't* depend on people
search for stuff via google.


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