Hi Greg,

I think Zope is in serious trouble and the Zope.org web site is badly in need of attention. I started using zope in 2001 at Xerox PARC and the helpful and persuasive resources at zope.org were a major factor. Today, zope.org is full of dead links and it very hard to use unless you are already experienced. Consequently, getting started with Zope today is harder now than is was, even though the actual software is better.

A key factor is that based on the zope.org web site it is not apparent whether the community is healthy or not, and the general impression is that the project is stalled since so many links are dead and defunct. How can the decay in the key zope web site have gotten so bad? (In fact I am not so sure myself of the zope community health any longer, despite the ongoing zope postings here -- I hope I will find I'm wrong in this regard at least).

I think this has something to do with what kind of people Zope and the Zope community attracts. They are not really web designers or graphics people or content gardeners.

Also, let's not get distracted by Google and/or all the other places to find zope stuff. The fact is, Zope.org is the de facto primary destination especially for newbies. If it's in bad shape it directly impacts Zope uptake and usage.

I couldn't agree more. The good news is that several people (who's opinion matters more than my own) also agree. Now that the Zope Foundation exists, there is a mandate and a bit more room to manoeuvre. No-one has a lot of spare time to devote to it, but it's moving up various people's to-do lists. The situation may not be as dire as it is now for too long.


Acquisition is a jealous mistress

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