If the wheel hadn't been reinvented we wouldn't have learned to fly and maybe the idea in the back of all this is to reinvent XOOPS to make it land on solid ground.
I like that approach very much, its the call of the pioneer and explorer to find a better way. There is a probelem here: we seem to be plagued with what can be called 'analyses paralysis' Rather than taking calculated risks to improve a situation, we get bogged down with too negative thinking about what if it goes wrong or something? How long have we been waiting for a professional theme here? I know there are a good handful of excellent themes that would move XOOPS into the 21 century, including those from xoops.themes, but we still have to put up with this grey murky mass. It's analysis paralysis.
And yes, the search can need optimization, but if after so much time there never existed in the FAQ the question "How to install XOOPS?" until todays date that it was created, no wonder people have had a hard time finding it.
Snow, you missed my point Google found entries regarding 'how to install xoops' on xoops.org, but the XOOPS search did not. Reason:- XOOPS search is not as intelligent as Google. It cant interrogate search string proximity, ie words that are close to each other are more relevant than a whole 2000 character post with those words in there somewhere. Thats why search results are so hap-hazard.
Anyway to more positive things;
Personalization of the labor process can sometimes give better results than the automatization of it.
Agreed and that pesonalisation needs management and team efforts. I think we must take one of these factors, let's say the XOOPS theme and give ourselves a deadline; To get a new professional theme installed here within 3 months. Let's cut the excuses and mitigations for delays, let's just 'walk the walk' and do the job without further delay. It's not a matter of knowhow, technology or politics. It's a matter of the will to do something and progessing the job to a conclusion. Let's stop pontificating and do something.