[Bitcoin-development] Random order for clients page

Amir Taaki zgenjix at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 9 16:09:17 UTC 2012

JS randomisation is bad. People shouldn't need JS to view a webpage.

Only you have a problem with this page. I don't see why Bitcoin-Qt needs to be first either when it dominates the front page. It is perfectly fine as it is.

You are not a developer of any alternative clients, and this is a webpage for Bitcoin clients. I have made a change to remove a source of disputes, and make the process more fair and equal. Your suggestion to remove the clients page is your bias towards thinking that there should be only one Bitcoin client that everyone uses (the one which you contribute towards).

If you want to suggest removing the clients page, then fine, lets also remove all reference to Bitcoin-Qt from the front-page and turn it into a http://bittorrent.org/ style website.

Fact is that the other clients are rapidly becoming stable and mature, and the ecosystem is diversifying. The argument that the other clients were not up to scratch held maybe a few months ago, but not now.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com>
To: Amir Taaki <zgenjix at yahoo.com>
Cc: "bitcoin-development at lists.sourceforge.net" <bitcoin-development at lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Monday, July 9, 2012 5:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Bitcoin-development] Random order for clients page

On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM, Amir Taaki <zgenjix at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Took me a while, but finally got it working.
> Entries on the clients page are randomly ordered when the page is generated.
> https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin.org/commit/6850fc8c83494d6ec415ea9d36fb98366373cc03
> We should regenerate the page every 2 days. This gives fair exposure to all the clients listed.

If you had authored this as a pull request rather than making the
change unilaterally I would have recommended leaving it so the
reference client was always first. I also would have suggested that it
use JS randomization instead of jekyll in order to get more even
coverage, though I think thats a more minor point.

Some people were concerned when this page was created that it would
just be a source of useless disputes.  I think its becoming clear that
this is the case. I think the cost of dealing with this page is
starting to exceed the benefit it provides and we should probably
consider removing it.

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