James Estes (Peregrinato) visited the new UCC website and tagged me for my opinion. He writes:
Simply put, I donâ€™t like the new website for the United Church of Christâ€“at least at first glance.
I really donâ€™t care for the menu bar with its so self-consciously hip titles: The 411, Church Stuff (â€¦can we be any more dismissive about who we are?), Big Things, etc.
I want the Church, not H&M. I can understand the need to step back from church jargon, but this is just trying too hard.
Jim -- you're such a nice guy. I, on the other hand am just trying to repress all the snark within me. The new UCC.org is just very, very wrong. Perhaps in time I can spell out the hundreds of reasons why. Or perhaps several people will get fired at General Synod and the whole thing will get nuked. Whatever.
OK, UUA.org and Unitarian.org.uk have some serious problems, but at least neither of them offered a Flash animation tutorial to show us how "cool" it is. IM to UCC: anyone who uses cool, isn't. I mean, I'm just speechless.
Anna Belle, can we get a witness?
Five minutes ago:
"Hi! I'm Hans, the UCC Answer Guy!"
No grown man, even in Flash, should be so excited to say "main menu bar." Good Lord: the links are "whimsical."
Oh, and PeaceBang can we get a review of his wardrobe? Do shirts not button up in Cleveland?
After about thirty seconds of that, I went to the kitchen to get a drink.
"Hi! I'm Jim Beam and I'm going to help you get through the rest of the tour."
Himmel! Go see for yourself. Become one with your Inner Snark and let it go in the comments.
[Later. I wrote this about 11pm last night, in case you wonder if I take bourbon with my morning coffee. Actually, I'd do neither, being a tea drinker.]