That is not really addressing the main issue though. I believe that ease of customization is the largest reason SS is still so popular and why more custom styles are built on it. Creating a PS based style that on the surface looks like SS but still has PS "guts" so to speak does not really help in that regard.EXreaction wrote:It is still possible to have a prosilver based style that looks very close to subsilver2 with only modifying the CSS.
As I pointed out previously when I quoted naderman's points, however I am still waiting for a quantifiable answer to my question of "how much development work/time?" It seems to me that if you don't have an existing LOE for that task it is pretty hard to use that unknown variable as justification for anything.EXreaction wrote:Additional development work is one part of the problem of two styles,
While I have already gone on record as stating that MOD's should have no bearing on this particular discussion as they are already irrelevant to SS as far as support is concerned, I will address this point again because I am very confused as to why you(and others) think that justifies dropping SS.EXreaction wrote:another big part being that many mods do not support both and as such a large audience is potentially left to figuring out how to edit their style by modifying the given instructions to fit their own style (which most are unable to do).
Here is my understanding of how MOD's work today over @ .com:
You offer MOD's to the end user community via a db
You provide no official support for the MOD's you offer for download, all support is provided by volunteers (including the authors)
You do not require .com submitted MOD's to provide/include SS style support, only PS.
MOD authors can choose to support SS in addition to PS or just PS, it is their prerogative
Are the above statements correct? If so then...
MOD's have no relevance to SS's existing or continued existence. Even though phpBB is OSS and not commercial the philosophy with third party addons such as MOD's/Styles/FX is "caveat emptor" <- no warranty and the user assumes the risk. A user downloads a MOD from .com, they are not guaranteed warranty or support for the MOD functionality itself let alone style support for SS or even third party custom styles. Free will is all that is at work here. Users have free will to download and use a MOD, or not. MOD authors have free will to release and support a MOD, or not. Users who exercise free will by using a MOD in an unsupported style should have to figure it out on their own or ask for help. <- There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. No one is forced to answer them, unless they exercise free will and choose to do so. No one is being forced to do anything on either side of this scenario. It's all good.