Frankly, I don’t blame BgDM. Little more was to be gained from the thread at this point. Sure, some people didn’t have a say and that is truly a shame but the thread had become repetitive and contained a lot of useless, bandwagon “I hate it” comments. Plus, I had my say and at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters (Super Wu-Man not withstanding)
What is easy to forget (and I’m just as guilty of this) is that Timothy has been running this site for years - as elysiun and blenderartists - and somehow we’ve all grown to love it. Obviously he knows how to do something right so while I think critiques are useful, insults are not warranted.
As for the colour scheme, I personally don’t want elysiun back. Not that I didn’t like it, I just don’t think it’s the holy grail some people believe it to be. It was just a forum that wasn’t white. But really, the orange links on mid-grey background tested the eyes late at night just as much as new bright white will. Colour schemes are largely personal and most monitors can be dimmed pretty easily.
As far as colour choice goes, I have a theory that there will always be roughly 60% opposition to any proposal or decision (this applies to all sorts of decisions, right through to governments) - but that 60% don’t usually agree on the solution. Frankly, I was happy with the default forum except for the lack of a Blender identity - it’s not like we have to wear it out to dinner or something - we just post stuff here! If it was tartan with green stripes but usable and informative, it would still be great. Some people are too precious about the unimportant stuff.
All we really need is readability and functionality and my main concern with the announcement thread is that serious concerns like post-counts, scroll bars, delineation and other usability and functionality issues were lost in a sea of “I’m going blind!” posts.
As Alltaken said in the last closed thread, let’s sit now and see what happens. Hopefully Timothy will return shortly and consider the issues raised and deal with them as a priority but, at the end of the day, we’re not compelled to be here.