> But deciding to have a look at
some project only because the website is all shiny, no.
It is more important than you're thinking now. So many times, when I talk about Hurd with friends, my friends are afraid because the website is old, ugly, out-of-date, and very confusing.
All the time I have to search and share with them the exact links of the main pages (FAQ, docs, latest Debian GNU/Hurd image, Debian GNU/Hurd installing tips...).
I wrote my own tutorials for these people, because they usually aren't able to find information about how to install, how to use... etc, in an easy way.
Many times, some friend who has been interested in Hurd, left the idea of using that system due to these difficulties.
So yes, renew and doing the web more accessible and attractive is very important to get attract new users and contributors