Survey Results

Post from October 13, 2008 (↻ May 31, 2022), filed under  (feed).

It’s one and a half months since I asked for your feedback on, and I’ve finally decided to publish some of the results. I also wanted to reply to some responses I got via the “comments and suggestions” field. First, however, I like to thank everyone who participated!

The survey will still stay up and running until the end of time. I figured that it doesn’t do much harm to keep it live, so feel free to share your thoughts, too, if you haven’t already.


As of today, the Likert scale questions revealed a great standing of this site, one that I’m quite happy about, and one that makes me work hard to maintain and improve this status.

Comments and Suggestions

There have been many great comments. Still I’m only publishing four of them which receive three replies:

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  font-family: ugly;

The most vocal comment concerning this site’s font choice. I suspect this to be related to display problems with Cambria as the primary font, or different fallbacks on Linux distributions, respectively, however I ask for more details if there are issues, and otherwise patience since I regularly test and adjust.

Sometimes your statements seem a bit arrogant, because you’re very confident about them. I know you’re really a great expert, but from time to time it would be good to say that it’s your well-grounded opinion, so it doesn’t look like the only ultimate solution.

Sometimes, the author seems a little […] fundamentalist and pedant on some of his articles, specially when he talks against CSS frameworks, or resets, in an extreme position (“this is bad, this is harmful”), and sometime it looks like his ego is deeply involved.

While I try to stress that opinions can be dangerous and to go for arguments most of the time, I understand that my communication style can be a little “strict.” I hope that recent posts brought in a different style, however I’ll aim for a more moderate tone that provides additional arguments. (I enjoy being strict though, and some things don’t need sugar-coating.)

It’s good to see that there are some people willing to weather the endless storm of web-gimmickry […].

I considered quoting other compliments, but I like this comment so much as I think it reflects a good observation. Our industry and our profession are in constant motion and face a lot of innovation—but quite some of it is no real innovation, and not all of it matters. I am glad that my readers recognize that I’m not a party-pooper but genuinely concerned, and that I do share experience just as much as I encourage other people to share theirs.

Thank you all.

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About Me

Jens Oliver Meiert, on September 30, 2021.

I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to W3C and WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on I share some of my views and experiences.

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Comments (Closed)

  1. On October 13, 2008, 19:31 CEST, Louis said:

    I partially agree with what has been said on your “arrogant” tone: while your posts are the work of someone that deeply knows what he’s talking about, it would be more interesting to put the reflexion into the form of an open discussion.

    I think that being elitist is important in order to get excelence, but even a master can discover other viewpoints while discuting a point with other people.

    Very impressive results by the way!

  2. On October 13, 2008, 20:13 CEST, Duluoz said:

    I think you have every right to be quite proud of this site.

    I also like your tone and confidence when replying to comments. You are more than respectful and quite direct and to the point, which I find refreshing in the PC world being shoved down our throats. It’s not mean to disagree. Feel feel to disagree with me. 😉