Posted 02 September 2004 - 05:54 PM
Customizing is fun. On most sites I wouldn't use it though. Before the days of RSS I used it on news sites to customize the headlines I wanted to see, stories I wanted to track. But on this, and any other board, I leave the skin at what it was when I registered. Never play around with it. No need to.
We fix some design elements in place? We put the cursor here or there? We underline or not? You bet! You can do an old media vs. new medium thing here but in the end I'm trying to state something beyond the content of my site. The way the site looks and feels is at least just as important as what it says. Too broad a statement? You bet, lol. Not every site deals with the same type of information and user interaction.
Buttah... let's take a couple of blogs... The way they look is important. Their feel is just as much expressive of the blog as are its entries. A List Apart on a white, non formatted design would read a lot less convincing.
I think the things a user wants to customize good CSS/XHTML sites already let them customize. Font color and size. Background. Underlined links or not. That's it. Most sites aren't at liberty to let users do away with the ads on a page, one element ad blocking software shows the users wants to have control over. And if we want to let them do away with it we mean to do so after they clicked the "premium" button :-)
Skinning - ok. Some level of user control - ok. Total user customization - nuhuh.