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Old 19th November 2008
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Regarding the style:
I am more than willing to accept and enable any submissions of decent quality, PM me for details and access to the test forums.

Or as the OpenBSD people say:
Shut up and hack!

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Ok then perhaps we all agree that the bsdforums.org theme was good.
Why not use that? We needn't worry about the purported copright concerns now that the site is down.
Go ahead and make it.
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The theme is fine. It's not drab, it's subdued. No need to burn my eyes reading a forum.
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They want my real name in order to let me sign up?
Usually when you send a message to a mailing list your name is going to show up if your email client is setup that way. I don't think it is a big deal. My name is all over ports and problem reports anyways. I have also never experienced a negative impact for being involved in the FreeBSD community; except for maybe some more spam since my email address is pretty much public record.
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You can remove that real name in your USER CP right after signing up if you like.
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Or go by a pseudonym (like I do).
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They already got spam posted. See http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread...=1595#post1595 for how long it lasts ....

Brings back sweet memories from bsdforums.org
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Go ahead and make it.
I would if I could; but I am no artist.

> Shut up and hack!

Now, that's something I can do.

I sense an unwillingness to change the current theme, so before be bury this issue I would like to make a final point.

I agree with DD that the fbsd forum is a bit hard on the eyes but atleast it looks/feels 'alive'.
Going by the looks on this forum I feel as though it has no 'identity'.

If you were making your homepage would you use the free template that possibly a thousand others are using?
Or are you going to say that only content matters, nevermind that surfers don't care to give your page a second look?
Are you going to use the same blue-on-blue like theme?

Red is the colour of Fbsd and I suppose Obsd is yellow and Netbsd orange.

But one things for sure blue is 'not' the colour of BSD.

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So long as the primary colour is not white, nor black, I'm okay with it. There's nothing worse than looking at a black-on-white screen, or a white-on-black screen. It's very hard on the eyes.

Soft colours, with grey-ish backgrounds (similar to the current theme), is much easier on the eyes, and much easier to look at for more than 30 seconds at a time.
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a certain yellow-on-black popular (mid editing this
post I discovered on google's cache "quantcast.com"
which reports 200k/monthly visitors ) hardware forum has
super-easy-to-read at least from here... LOL on the
other hand google's cache reports it as white-on-black.
So until I login to it today I am clueless. OTOH
the bsd-official forum theme I find less easy to read
than this one. If it was changed to this one I'd be okay
with it. (if that is a UserPanel option i've to discover
in the next half hour, clueless again... )
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I sense an unwillingness to change the current theme, so before be bury this issue I would like to make a final point.
No, I am more than willing to change the theme to something else, provided it is of decent quality, I just don't feel like making a new one, and I could not find any good pre-made ones.
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True. Umm, I meant a "general" unwillingness ... it seems everyone is ok with the current theme or maybe no one is motivated enough to create a new one.
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I do kind of like the default theme.. it's nice on the eyes.. I wouldn't want something dark and distracting(black on red), or even light and distracting (yellow on white).

If you all decide to ditch this theme, please make it optional..
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Even if the theme is changed, there will still be people disliking it. It's pretty hard to please everyone in this world...
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Well, it was on my todo list to work on a more BSD inspired theme and submit it, but atm it is something like #47 out of 128 on my todo list.... important, but not a major priority with so much else piled up.

I have no love for this forums look, but it does grow on you, just like vBulletin hehe.


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There's nothing worse than looking at a black-on-white screen, or a white-on-black screen. It's very hard on the eyes.
I agree with you whole heartily!
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They want my real name in order to let me sign up? What if I run for political office some day and my opponent digs up the fact that I was signed up for the official FreeBSD forums, and that BSD's permissive license smacks of libertarianism, and thus I'm anti-government and therefore an anarchist?!?!
Well, if you *are* an anti-government libertarian and looking to run for office, you're not alone on here, or in being a FreeBSD user.
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I was just wondering about the freebsd channel on youtube. I guess you can use gnash etc to view youtube. But since there is no official support for flash in freebsd and from what I understand, there are people in the freebsd world that are not too enthusiastic about flash, how come they chose youtube. Is youtube not a reason why flash is so big.

Since the people in charge of freebsd know what they are doing, I assume that there is a perfectly good reason, besides convenience too. But I admit I feel a bit confused, can someone explain this to me.
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Flash is proprietary.. originally owned by Macromedia, now owned by Adobe.

It is not open source, beyond a few recently published file format specifications.. it's a cancer of the Internet.

So, the only options for people using alternative operating systems are..

1) Unreliable Linux/Windows emulation..
2) Alpha-quality reimplementation projects like gnash or swfdec..
3) FLV stream capturers, sites like Youtube have a "flash wrapper" that plays FLV format video streams.. utilities exist to download these streams directly.

I personally have a few additional options..

4) Avoid flash utilizing websites entirely..
5) Submit interoperability reports to tech support staffs...
6) Disown friends/family who send me links to YouTube/Misc Flash content.

In the end, you'll need to decide what's most important.. a stable decent OS.. or Flash.
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