I agree 100%, Jack...
I'm just trying to think of ways that MY skills allow me to best contribute. My PERL is elementary, at best, so something like an upgrade script is out of my capabilities. However, I should be able to grind out a new way of approaching templating for Coranto.
I have been thinking, that two of the biggest draws to many of the available opensource projects available today is customization, which Coranto has, in spades, and individual templating, or aesthetic customization, which we're still lacking a bit in. People LOVE "doing their own thing", and a lot of that entails GUI, and aesthetic effects. Users will begin contributing in styles and templates where they may never have before...and I think that's a huge step towards getting to where we need to be...
My coding capabilities lie mainly in being able to contribute in that area.
How big an overhaul were you thinking of? Because you see, currently it is difficult to have a completely customisable GUI because it is basically set up as you said, with header section, footer section, different styles of menu headers and so on. With some work you can change things around, and even modify the style of each part, but if you want the user to be able to change where everything goes, that's going to take a lot of coding work.
I think here is where CSS can be a powerful tool in actually changing EVERYTHING, with minor changes to the PERL itself. I have fiddled with one or two things, but I am currently trying to get a good portable server up and running for a more in-depth testing ground. Again, it's not vital to the function, but I can do it, so I should, AND, I believe it creates desire in others to create Coranto styles, as well...which brings more people over.
Once the Golf season ends here, I'm going to have a couple of extra days every week to try to organize things here again. There were a lot of interested people when we first came over here, I think we all just need another jump start, and an actual course to take.
Perhaps we can coerce Parahead out of retirement to help with an upgrade script?