I agree that there shouldn't be anything there. She's an English major, so I guess she's expecting pretty designs, but nobody in the class has experience with development, so some of the stuff I see makes me cringe.
She expects us to use wix.com for our sites. I don't like using source generators, so I made my own. It's not pretty like she wants it, but I agree that it's really stupid to try to change the way it looks.
I'll see if I can do something about the crap that she's expecting.
- I think the self-regulating (to a degree) aspect of this forum and it's common sense of what is done and not-done is a feature worth mentioning as you are highlighting the website as a community. The fact that everyone is allowed to report posts, as well as there being no real moderators compared to the very low level of "incidents" would seem worth mentioning in my opinion.
- If design is an issue and everyone in your class uses prefab stuff, you could always download a free wordpress or joomla template, strip out the wordpress/joomla code and just use that. There are tons of free templates, so there is bound to be one that strikes your fancy.
- You may want to think / read a little about colour psychology. People associate different colours with different emotions. It is a very big thing in marketing and interior design, so worth knowing about if you're setting up a website. Once you have decided on a good base colour, it's worth checking out some colour wheels to put together a nice palette.