"I think you're wrong"
"Well, I think you're wrong"
"You need to compromise"
It's kinda the same thing, in reverse, whenever I try to haggle/deal... I ask for something, they outright refuse and consider the deal over. I ask them to start, and they can't figure out what to ask for. It's HAGGLING, if you're the seller, you bid high.. if you're the buyer, you bid low... you keep going back and forth until you both can live with the deal - it's not that hard.
In any case, the current disagreement is pointless... I had forgotten the last time we had this 'discussion,' but I'm starting to recall it now.
I will admit that I work towards plainess in my design, for good or bad. I do appreciate well-done graphic design, even if it's not my strong suit. However, adding in such things for the sake of adding them in is what I frown upon.
A few years ago, this person's site was HUGE. They had not only a graphic for everything, but had split them into about 8 graphics each, and hadn't optimized a one of them. Completely inefficient, it took several minutes of waiting and twiddling to load a page.
Now, of all things, we're debating the messageboard's limits on avatars. And the inclusion of smilies, bbcode, etc... All of which I purposely set low or turned off. Why? Because the point of a discussion board is the discussion. It is not to have people spam each other with huge flaming, rotating, flashing images that have no bearing on the topic at hand.
Yes, I'm anal about it. Fine. I remember back when Glen's lifted the avatar restrictions... how half the people had huge avatars taking up a full page, making everything incredibly hard to read, or even see... I know plenty of boards that look like a bad, banner-filled porn site because of all the stupid graphics that show up each time you try to read something.
And it's not gonna happen on my boards. End of story.