Thank you very much, Sasha, for setting up this blog.
LMS Council has given our working group (of which I am the Chair) the task of completely redesigning and extending the LMS web site. The criterion is simple: the new site must be excellent in every way! Even though we are all, I believe, aching for it to happen as soon as possible, this excellence must not be compromised.
Our group has already had its first meeting, which was very successful. We discussed the users, the uses, and the technical requirements of the new site, and agreed that we would spend the next two months on the process of preparing a detailed tender and identifying a suitable company (or, possibly, group of mathematicians) to do the job.
The development of the new site will almost certainly be in two phases, with the top level pages coming first, and some of the more subtle and complicated functionality coming later.
Discussion is extremely welcome, and I hope this blog will be able to help us work towards a really amazing new web site. We will try to take all views expressed here into account, but we do not promise to, especially if they are mutually contradictory!