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Re: new website draft 8: almost giving up

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: Re: new website draft 8: almost giving up
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 18:39:20 -0300

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 3:58 AM, Jan
Nieuwenhuizen<address@hidden> wrote:
>> - GNU and (new) website can be trimmed from the title.
> We do not want to trim GNU.  Remember the long thread on devel,
> where even contributors did not realise we are GNU, or ever heard of it?

Whom is this site for?  Are we trying to attract new users (that
likely will be confounded by the GNU moniker) , or contributors?

>> - I think the freedom propaganda should be moved elsewhere.
> I think you misinterpreted.  I did some basic search engine tests.
> Try searching for "music software" or "free music software".
> If you need to print sheet music, and you have a hope there is
> something you can just download for free, that's what you'd look for,
> right?
> LilyPond is on rank #223, Sibelius and Finale are at #6 and #8.
> I tried to start a private discussion on search terms and what we
> need on the front page, but "music", "software" and "free" are
> smart things to have, I think?  In the past, we just happened to
> miss "software".

I am saying that in the propaganda story, the storyline should not go
from examples to politics , I think.  Also,  the question

  Why do LilyPond developers “give away” their work for free?

is interesting for a faq, but I doubt the answer will convince users
to download.  I am assuming that the Introduction part is an attempt
to convince visitors to download and try lilypond as soon as possible.

Also, as smart as search engines may be,  I am not sure that there is
stemming that would correlate [free] (the query word) with [freedom]
(whats on the page, in the submenu).

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