Peter, to state that nobody has a right to influence another's decisions is....well....it goes against pretty much all social experience.
ALL of us, you included, influence or try to influence the decisions of others a dozen or a hundred times every single day. That is entirely NORMAL behaviour for any human in any relationship; whether marriage, friendship, with co-workers, or here on a forum.
Nuno, I was quite surprised by your post. It's not often I see you say something irrelevant or meaningless like this...
"Google, youtube, and facebook sites that are used by hundreds of millions are applying similar color combinations as well, I guess you don't really use them."
Nuno, the road I drive home is FULL of potholes
....it really sucks....yet the entire western half of my region drives on that road every day. In other words (if it's not already obvious) it is entirely irrelevant how many people use google. The usage of a thing says -nothing- about its quality, or desirability.
And in the 2nd place, one almost NEVER uses google like one uses Boot-land. You compare apples to oranges.
Google= 5 seconds at a time
Boot-land= 5 HOURS at a time!
A bit different in regards to eyestrain, I think.
Like Peter (i think it was), my eyes too are now older (55+), and for those of our age, such things as font-size settability and CHOICE of screen-color DO make a big difference Nuno. A BIG difference. The wrong settings aren't just difficult Nuno....they HURT. Eye-aches, and migraines.
"One size fits all" is essentially a 'non-human' approach....it goes against the -reality- of people. Reality is precisely -opposite- that slogan, in that each one of us has -different- eyes, not -same- eyes.
Thus, for a thing that heavily involves reading, for hours at a time, having CHOICE of visual aspects is a KEY element of a good design.
After you gave me the link the other day, I did go and visit the .bb site; and I'm afraid I did not find it easy to read or use. Yes, the glaring white background indeed hit the eyes wrongly right off the bat.
Seconly, I did not like the info/avatars on the right. BODIES develop habits and training exactly like minds do, and having that stuff on the right -fights- against all the training our eyes have had for many years now. Thus, I found myself having to repeatedly 'push' my eyes sideways against where they 'wanted' to be from long habit. That is a constant 'irritation' and thus a cause of strain, and fatigue.
Third, the width of posts varied back and forth all down the page. It was....disjointed looking.....and again, another source of 'fatigue'....a requirement for extra (and unnecessary) effort.
Fourth, besides the glare-white background, that design lacks contrast -in general-, due to the inter-post delineations having almost no contrast to the bkgnd. This again creates additional -fatigue-, because it forces one to -repeatedly- strain or focus more than normal. The key point is to avoid design-details which require 'effort' again and again and again...
Because of that lack of inter-post delineations, the page becomes one long 'blur' which is difficult to navigate upon.....such as scrolling up and down other posts to verify a file-name, check on a command-switch syntax, etc., etc..
I didn't even know until this moment which 'skin' I'm looking at here, because this board is so easy on the eyes that I've never bothered to see what skins were available for changing to.
But I've just clicked the drop-down at the bottom, and I see that it's set to 'Webber'....which must be a 'default'. I'm looking at a soft-blue background that is very easy on the eyes, and there is also good contrast in the darker blue inter-post delineations.
And the layout is uncluttered.
It's fine....a good visual design for the intended PURPOSE of this forum; which is reading.
Things that are fine should not be thrown out with the bathwater.
ps; to the poster accusing some of 'attacks'. I saw no such thing in any post. All were respectful and courteous, and all included reasoning WHY they held the view being presented. Exactly the kind of posts one HOPES to see on their forum.