Re: Web site up!

den Otter (
Sat, 3 Jul 1999 13:14:03 +0200

> From: Eugene Leitl <>

> More provocatively put: do _we_ want the people who want flashy graphics?

Well, do you want transhumanism to remain obscure, or do you want it to grow? If you want the latter, you better start using some flashy graphics. Good-looking webpages simply get (a lot) more traffic and media attention, just like good-looking people get more attention than ugly or plain ones.

Frankly I've never understood what's so transhuman about making minimal use of webpage-enhancing technologies. IMHO, a "perfect" webpage is not only fast-loading and informative, but also visually pleasing. The design has to enhance the desired emotional impact of the text. Transhuman pages should ideally icorporate the latest in web technology and artistic design; a boring text-only page (some people don't even bother to set a background color) is fit for Luddites and Amish, not for technophiles like us.

> Anders Sandberg writes:
> > "Harvey Newstrom" <> writes:
> > > I agree totally, but some people seem to want flashy graphics. I have a
> > So? Will people come to it because it looks cool, or because it is a
> > huge source of useful information? Most likely the later, the design
> > is just icing on the cake.

If your cake looks like crap, people will be reluctant to taste it. If it looks delicious on the other hand...