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Re: First draft of the Emacs website

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: First draft of the Emacs website
Date: Fri, 04 Dec 2015 07:06:38 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

John Yates <address@hidden> writes:

> Drew,
> You and I are old "grey beards".  My point was that mentioning things that
> we - as seasoned users of Emacs - like is quite a bit different from
> imagining the website as a sales pitch to someone who has not used Emacs
> but _might_ - given an appropriate message - be coaxed into trying it.  If
> you accept such messaging as the site's first goal then you have to try to
> put yourself in the mindset of such a viewer.
> Your comments suggest that perhaps you do not buy into that being the first
> goal.

Why would a newcomer be interested in an old tool that merely does what
the new tools already do?  "Run with the herd like an octogenarian" is
not a sales pitch.  For better or worse, the reason to choose Emacs over
other options is for the things it does differently, not the things it
tries doing the same.

David Kastrup

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