[Marketing-Public]Mozilla is not (quite) for end users

David Hallowell marketing-public at mozilla.org
Sat, 03 Jan 2004 11:52:31 +0000

fantasai wrote:
> David Hallowell wrote:
>> I seen your email address and for some reason my mind added an n and a 
>> t and came up with netscape.com :)
> You're not the first. :)
>>> It seems to me that most of the existing end-user docs are easily found
>>> from the start page. They're hard to find otherwise.
>> By the start page I guess you mean the special 1.4 and 1.0 start 
>> pages. I have to admit I've not seen them often as I'm either using 
>> nightlies of the *birds or Seamonkey... there does need to be a clear 
>> link from
>  > the homepage to all the docs for those who change their homepage.
> I've been thinking, it might be a good idea to make the throbber link to
> the appropriate start page instead of the main page. Certainly it would
> be more useful to the user.
That makes a lot of sense. I think there should be a different start 
page for releases than there is for nightlies. Last time I used 1.4 
(ages ago) I recall it had to redirect from the developers start page to 
the end user start page. Perhaps mozilla.org/start/ should be hijacked 
for end user use, and set the nightlies to point to somewhere like 

There's one disadvantage of this, someone would need to remember to 
change the start page on the branch before a release.

The main advantage of this approach is that in the current setup, if 
someone changes their user-agent to something else (that's not a 
mozilla.org official release) then instead of being redirected to the 
end-user start page, they'll currently get the developer one.

David Hallowell
LogicaCMG UK Ltd