User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.8a) Gecko/20040508 Firefox/0.8.0+ Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.8a) Gecko/20040508 Firefox/0.8.0+ There has been more than enough flaming on both sides of this issue - allow me to offer a constructive (and what I hope to be valid) potential solution to this whole debate. Regardless of the visual merits of Qute vs. the new default theme, the key issue on this seems to be a fear that the new theme will 'turn off' NEW users who may not be aware of how to change a theme. This may be a valid point, and it is equally valid that these same users may also not like Qute as a default (yes, it is possible). The solution - to my mind - is this (for the record, I am a marketing and PR counsultant with nearly 20 years of expertise in trying to resolve issues just like we're having right now): Upon the first running of a *new* install of Firefox (or Tbird), via the default installer (which is what a new user will use anyway, particularly on Windows and Mac) on ANY operating system , the program should FOR THE FIRST INSTANCE ONLY OF THE PROGRAM'S RUNNING, send the user to a default page which says *IN THE VERY FIRST SENTENCES* someting akin to the following: "On behalf of both the Developers and the Mozilla community, welcome to what users and reviewers alike consider the finest Internet software available - as you will shortly discover, Mozilla programs allow you, the user, an unprecedented level of customization to the appearance and functionality of your Internet experience. By way of example, if you would prefer to change the appearance of this software - its 'look and feel' - click this link to see a wide range of alternate user interfaces and extensions designed by others in the community. Again, our thanks for your support of what is rapidly becoming a new standard of excellence for browsing and email - the Mozilla solution." The link should be to a jump page with options to go to the Texturizer or Firefox/Tbird/Mozilla theme / extension page(s). I believe this approach serves two functions - it THANKS the user for trying this new software (always a good thing to appear 'kindler and gentler' than the default solution you are seeking to replace) AND instantly shows them how to change the theme IF and I say IF they don't like it - right when they first run the software. Again - let us try to focus on positive, constructive solutions to this issue! I welcome any comments on this proposed solution - from both the community-at-large and most especially Ben or other developers. Many thanks for your time, consideration and lack of flaming if you don't agree with this proposal - Jonathan Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. 2. 3.
While, the exact text may be a bit too long for the average user, I think a different start page would be quite a nice improvement for potienal converts. It should probably talk about themes extensions and maybe some unique features to firefox. Also it should have pictures demonstrating each.
The issue now is "if the new theme is going to fit?". I don't see it fitting in any possible angle. the Qute theme is by far superior than this new theme. Lets hope for the miracle.
Kenny Lee (and anyone tempted to make similar posts): there has been plenty of flaming about the theme change elsewhere. There is no place in this bug for discussion of specific theme preferences. Please restrict all discussion to the specific suggestion being made here.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 214523 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
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