November 9th, 2005



Your Birthdate: January 29

You have the mind of an artist, even if you haven't developed the talent yet.
Expressive and aware, you enjoy finding new ways to share your feelings.
You often feel like you don't fit in - especially in traditional environments.
You have big dreams. The problem is putting those dreams into action.

Your strength: Your vivid imagination

Your weakness: Fear of failure

Your power color: Coral

Your power symbol: Oval

Your power month: November

Haven't memed in awhile.



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.

And it's not even a matter that he CAN'T fix the site. He has offered to make, and has put up a test site with less flashy shiny stuff, but he wants to keep his superduper site, effectively ghettoizing the people who can't/don't want to deal with it. Again, putting his shadows and PNGs above the needs of the comic. He goes on about 'punishing' everyone for '5%' of people visiting the site who have problems. It's gotta be larger than 5%, since the majority of people I've sent there that meet his system requirements have exactly the same issues, and it's because of all the Javascript and the PNG issues infesting his design. And if you offer up a site that loads quickly, looks good, and features the comic, people will not care if there are shadow effects or not. Because if they don't exist, they won't know. Depriving people with the magic combination to make your site work of shadows is not punishing them. It is making the site viable for the widest possible audience. Which is the whole point.

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...