So, last night I get an IM from someone out of the blue. It's someone I talk to, but they don't read the Wotch forums, or this site, but they do read the Wotch.
"ok the Wotch site is seriously effed up"
I laughed heartily at people not even involved in this, or that don't know it's an ongoing thing are just up and IMing me. But wait, it gets better.
I informed them of Phinker's reccomendation that people just need to get more RAM, and upgrade their IE to get the site to magically work.
"I have Internet Explorer, fully upgraded and 2 gigs of RDRAM"
TWO GIGS of ram. (They're a game designer, and need the extra oomph.) So, PI's claims of more RAM, and bestest greatest browser and OS are pure bullshit. Oh my, whatever could be wrong with the site? Could it be the site itself that needs further work??
He keeps telling Raven that if he goes for a lesser site, he'll lose his shadows, and pretty stuff. He is CLEARLY putting his design over the webstie, the comic, and that's wrong. His design is NOT that important, in anywhere else except his own brain.
He also has rejected every other design suggestion, because it 'wastes space'. If all that stuff he has currently above the fold, and crammed up there doesn't remain up on that first screen you load, he won't listen to it, so there's no changes we can make that he'll accept, because there's really no room up there to work with now.
Of course, by cramming all that stuff up there, he's forced the site into a non-standard 1024 width, which most people don't use a resolution that high, so everything he wants to show that's so important, is OFF THE SCREEN anyways.
I came to the conclusion he's capable of coding (I at first said a good coder, but he's not, there's piles of junk and errors in his code), but he is a terrible DESIGNER, with no sense of what that means, or requires. He has zero clue for flow of information, and instead just wants everything there when you load up the site, in that first screen, and as little as possible below the fold. While yes, that is a general statement that's true, you also need to know when to break that rule, what is truly important so you can organize accordingly and not have everything competing for attention at once, because then everything loses.
And I love how the news becomes the redheaded stepchild of importance...