[drupal-devel] Admin theme?

Syscrusher scott at 4th.com
Mon May 30 02:44:41 UTC 2005

On Saturday 28 May 2005 09:44, Dries Buytaert wrote:
> "I’m using Drupal for a couple of community sites I run and it’s not  
> really by choice.

[SNARK MODE ON]  (and aimed at the commentor, not at Dries...)

Yes it is. You downloaded it. You installed it. You could have either
downloaded or purchased one of the other countless content managers
that are out there just waiting to recruit you as a loyal user.


> It is by far the most feature-laden OpenSource   
> content management engine there is. It’s also a BITCH to use and  
> customize.

A nuclear-powered submarine is more complex to operate than a rowboat,
too. Do you need to cross a pond, or win a naval battle in open waters?
Right tool, right job.

> A couple of really weird user interface issues bug me to   
> hell too. What in the name of HADES made them decide that a theme  
> just had to affect the editing interface too?

Couldn't one achieve the desired result by simply installing and enabling
one of the [several] very minimalistic themes on the site, then making
that the default theme for the administrative account? Good security practice
says the site admin should have a regular account anyway, for testing the
site's features from the perspective of a regular user -- so set the admin
account to the minimalist theme, and the regular account to the site
default theme. Problem solved, and in the process, you give your users
who need assistive technology (or who prefer Lynx or Charlotte browsers)
a nice low-overhead way to access the site.


Don't get me wrong, I appreciate candid and frank feedback on my code.
I just got a bug report today, in fact, for one of my modules, and I am
glad of this because it means people are helping me to improve. But the
report I got was very politely worded. If I got one like this, I think
instead of thanking the person for helping the code get better, I'd be
inclined to bluntly offer him a refund of the money he paid me for the
module. >-(

Or I might give him a one-word reply:  "Patch?"


Flies....honey....vinegar....   Apparently this person missed that lesson. ;-)


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