[racket-dev] web page text

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Mon Jun 7 16:58:50 EDT 2010

Racket: swing it, shout it, shoot it we don't care as long as you
programmed it first.


On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM, Matthew Flatt <mflatt at cs.utah.edu> wrote:
> At Mon, 7 Jun 2010 14:57:56 -0400, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt wrote:
>> Right now, the main Racket web page says just "Racket is a programming
>> language".  Even though we didn't come to an agreement on great text
>> to put there, I think just about anything would be better than that.
>> What about just using the line from the old web page: "Racket is an
>> innovative programming language that builds on a rich academic and
>> practical tradition"?
> Between those options, I still prefer "Racket is a programming
> language", but I'd be happier with something better.
> Isn't every decent, modern language built on an academic and practical
> tradition? I'm not saying that I can do any better in one sentence. In
> fact, I think we should use that space on the page for a vacuous
> statement, but one that's short, catchy, and slogan-like --- more
> blatantly content-free to move the reader along.
> "Racket is a programming language" clarifies that the page is about a
> programming language without getting in the way of the rest of the
> page's sales pitch. A slogan could do the same job and would look more
> natural than a simple statement of fact. A sentence in the style of a
> paper abstract looks more traditional, but to me it too directly
> exposes us for the advertising novices that we are.
> I'll accept the result if I'm outvoted, but there's my rationale.
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