Resigning [was: Website Proposal [Was TWiki status]

Jeroen Coumans jeroen at
Thu Dec 9 02:24:42 PST 2004

Jeremy Huntwork said the following on 08-12-2004 18:38:

It's nice, simple and clean. It also lacks all the functions of the 
current site, except the most basic. I'm not sure if it's a good idea to 
start from scratch, or try to simplify the current site, if that is the 
goal. If you think that this stands a better chance of being manageable 
and being accepted, please put it forward. It still misses a lot of 
content, so it will still be a challenge to keep it simple, no matter 
the design. Good information architecture is still necessary to keep 
things from growing out of control, especially if you want to keep 
coding by hand.

Anyway, effective immediately (and not without some pain), I'll resign
from the website team and from the FAQ. I'd have been happy to work out 
a manageable solution if I'd been given the time, but it seems I'm 
surpassed, so it's time to pass the torch on. Like I said, I simply lack 
the time to invest in other solutions, other then what we've already put 
forward. Our choice for TWiki was certainly justifiable, since the basic 
idea was to put the content control into the project members' hands, but 
the lack of community backing has stagnated the efforts. It also aimed 
for a much simpler design and information architecture, yet scalable 
enough to let projects grow incrementally without much management 
needed. The only fault it had was the word "wiki" in it, despite that we 
aimed for a completely closed wiki.

Most of the complexity of the current site comes from it being based on
stand-alone HTML files and integrating a lot of other repository-driven
systems, like the hints, patches and book renderings. Also, it 
incorporates a lot of dynamic elements, like the news system and SVN 
commit messages. You're bound to run into some of the same problems as 
Anderson and I did, unless you want to give up on some of the functions 
the website currently performs.  Also, running from a script will be 
inevitable to glue certain things together, such as book renderings, 
hints and patches.

I know the design I built was, at the time, a great succes, fullfilled 
many needs and reflected the community spirit from that time. It 
externalized the dynamic community which the old site hid so well, and 
the TWiki site would explore this idea even further. It was welcomed by 
almost everyone in the community. Alas, the community has changed, and 
so have I. If people feel that it's time to put something and someone 
else forward, please do so; I lack the time and the energy to defend 
myself against community members who don't really want me in this place.

Thanks to all of you who supported me all this time and whithout whom 
the site wouldn't be what it still is today.

Gerard, feel free to remove my account from the server and appoint a new 
website and FAQ leader.

Good luck,

Jeroen Coumans

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