wbaw, on 27 September 2011 - 10:55 AM, said:
I didn't say I was going anywhere. I was just offering advice on where to find roms without all the crap that comes here. If you're going to start blaming me, rather than doing your job as moderator then I will go elsewhere.
I don't write on here much, but I have visiting the site for almost a year. So, I hope you don't mind if I give you my honest opinion about this forum.
I have to say that I think both of you guys have a point. Fibblesan's comment about "leaving if you want to" is justified by the fact that there is probably no better forum for the Blade than this one. Therefore, why would any developer want to leave it, unless of course, they couldn't get on with people in the community?
I have no experience, at all, with computer code or anything like it. But, I have benefited from this forum. Firstly, it was Paul's video review that encouraged me buy the Blade, and then his instruction video that proved to me that by adding a new rom, the phone could be so much more than Orange was allowing it to be.
But, I had a problem. As, much as I read his instructions, and subsequently the instructions for other roms that came out like Fibblesan's, Sabastien's and others, I couldn't understand it all enough to try flashing a new rom. It all seemed good, but too inaccessible for me. That is until Steven Harper came along.
Steven did 3 things that made all this info accessible to me. First he made a comprehensive guide that I could understand. His very clear step by step instructions and warnings, gave me the confidence to try it myself. But, he did more than that. His poll, helped me to see what roms were being used the most, which helped me decide which one's would be the best to try; and then his comparison table gave me important info that helped me refine my decision. I flashed FLB froyo r11, last spring and I think its great, but it is only 2.2.
As I look at this forum now and consider an upgrade to Gingerbread, I feel like I'm back at the same place again. I'm not sure I understand the pros/cons of a change to GEN2; I can't figure out which 2.3 rom is best, or even if it is worth waiting until ZTE give the out the 2.3 code properly. Honestly, for the average Joe off the street, this forum needs someone like Steven to show the way, in an unbiased manner. And this is where I think wbaw has a point.
But, in Fibblesan/Modaco's defence: there is no way that you could ever have a perfect forum. Look at any forum out there; they are full of debate and sometimes trivial tangents, so that you have to sift through all the stuff to get to the heart of things. This is where someone like Steven makes all the difference.
Steven's work took this forum from what seemed, to me, like a club for people who understood computer code, to something that I could understand and use. In my opinion, if this forum is to continue its success, you'll need talented developers, open debate (including all the dross), and someone has the gift to bring all this info together in a way that the common man can understand it.
Thanks to Paul for creating the forum, to Fibblesan and many like him for their hard work to make these roms, and finally to Steven (where ever you are now) , because without you this forum would have been way over my head.
Please understand, I'm making no demands. I realise and appreciate that all this has come to me freely. And if this forum ended today, I would be glad with what I have. But, on the other side of things, if developers want their work to be used by more people, than just those who understand (at least in some degree) how they do their work; then someone needs to build a bridge again.
All the best,
Edited: misspelling of Steven's name (fixed now)