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"I agree the existing explanations are inadequate for people who don't have a clue" Well I am one of those who don't have a clue (except learning by trial and error). I also seek to represent lots of others who don't have a clue about IT, but can still write jolly good stuff.
Let's not continue with this, it is a waste of effort to defend the untenable on either side. But I hope the little debate this has thrown up would be a spark to improving the user friendliness of ET. We can all contribute to that - but we can't all implement such improvements...
<at this juncture I am loathe to include a smiley that might be regarded as non-astute, so I'll just end with the esoteric three dots that indicate a thought left in mind of the reader>
You can't be me, I'm taken
Three dots can look awfully like a trail of rabbit shit...
(Where's that damn smiley when you need it?)
I don't find jumping comments a major cause of sleep loss, and I think it's more important for newbies to know how posting/reading/rating work.
But there are a few of these expert-level features that could be tagged more clearly.
Re: Scoop - it may be awful, but (as long as you speak English) it works more or less out of the box. Creating an equivalent from scratch, even using an existing CMS framework, is going to take months or even years.
Limited occasionally awkward functionality is better than none at all, IMO.
I'd guess it's not impossible to create a localisation-friendly version with language-specific elements grouped intelligently for easy tweaking. But it's a significant development effort.
The problem is that I'm not convinced any of the alternatives are friendlier for non-English localisation.
One option is to park the non-English Scoop project on SourceForge and open it up to interested developers. This should be quicker than trying to do it all in-house with limited experience and resources.
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