Interview with Chris D - XenForo Developer

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Interview with Chris D - XenForo Developer

We did our first Interview with Chris Deeming back in November 2013. Now almost 3 years later, he's still a fixture on XF.com but a lot has happened since then - he's up to 18,450+ posts, 18,300+ likes, 90+ resources, and... oh yeah, he became a XenForo Developer in November 2014. :einstein:

Of course, it's no secret that the XenForo Team is hard at work readying XF 2.0 for prime time, so we're especially thankful to Chris for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us. :tup:

When doing an interview we try to find out about the admin related things a person is doing, but we also try to get a glimpse at the essence of the person as well. We don't always succeed, but in this case I think we hit a home run! :D
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About time. :) I will have to read through this in folk later.
 
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Chris D said:
Brogan for President! :cautious:
Not to feed the conspiracy theorists, but I have it on good authority that Brogan and Donald Trump have never been seen in the same place at the same time - they could well be one and the same person!
 

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Good read, guys! :tup:

I have to ask about the walls in the office... is that a crazy wallpaper design, cloth hanging up, or blurred to get rid of stuff that was hanging on the walls?
 

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I suppose as a specific example, we've removed the "Test Permissions" feature because people often misunderstood how it was supposed to work, and it was later superseded by the "Analyze Permissions" feature which is basically much clearer, and easier to use.
Any changes to the permissions system itself, such as:
We've removed the "Permissions" feature because people often misunderstood how it was supposed to work, and it was later superseded by the "Clear Permissions" feature which is basically much clearer, and easier to use.
 

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Good read, guys! :tup:

I have to ask about the walls in the office... is that a crazy wallpaper design, cloth hanging up, or blurred to get rid of stuff that was hanging on the walls?
Heh, I did wonder if someone would pick up on this. The walls are plain magnolia; no wallpaper or other textures. The picture isn't edited either.

I think it's reflections from the light shade that's in there; it's metal and glass so I suspect it's casting some interesting shapes on the wall.
 

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Any changes to the permissions system itself, such as:
We've removed the "Permissions" feature because people often misunderstood how it was supposed to work, and it was later superseded by the "Clear Permissions" feature which is basically much clearer, and easier to use.
The permissions feature is not changing per se but we have some ideas regarding the UI. Nothing to confirm yet.
 

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Ha! This was a completely delightful interview. You have a loving looking family Chris D ... Lilly is the adorablest. And your wife is kinda hot :p Congrats on the new home purchase as well. Reading this has got me excited about XF 2 to be sure. Is there any ETA on when to expect the first 'have you seen' threads as for XF 2? Anyway - Congrats on the success. It sounds like things are working out great for you and your family and the entire XF development team.

Sorta mad at the last answer redactions though yehehehhe. Too funny.
Thanks for taking the time for the interview and much appreciation The Sandman

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Yep.

I have been meaning to get another.

Though, generally my workflow has adjusted around working with only one. For example, if I'm not in my office, I'm on my 13" MacBook Pro; so then not only a single screen, but also a small one.

It doesn't bother me and I still manage to be productive so I guess buying another screen hasn't been a top priority.

My next computer purchase may well be a 27" 5K Mac. If I do that, I may well relegate the current display to my secondary display connected to that.

That said, my laptop has seen better days so that may be due for an upgrade sooner...
 

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The funny thing is, I used to have two. I know it will be useful, but for me it isn't crucial.

I do a considerable amount of work on my laptop, so I guess the reasoning is, if I became so dependent on having two screens, would that make me less productive when using my laptop? I don't want to be using my laptop to work and feel like I've got an arm missing :)

But, yeah, still considering it. I think I would have probably done it sooner, but I've been trying to make up my mind for a while about what to do with my office PC. I built it myself in 2012 so that's also due an upgrade or replacement. I just need to decide whether I do that or replace it entirely with a Mac.
 

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But, yeah, still considering it. I think I would have probably done it sooner, but I've been trying to make up my mind for a while about what to do with my office PC. I built it myself in 2012 so that's also due an upgrade or replacement. I just need to decide whether I do that or replace it entirely with a Mac.
Interesting that you have a PC and a Mac - most people seem to go all in one way or the other. Is it useful for development purposes to have one of each?
 

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I do a considerable amount of work on my laptop, so I guess the reasoning is, if I became so dependent on having two screens, would that make me less productive when using my laptop? I don't want to be using my laptop to work and feel like I've got an arm missing :)
I'd say just more productive on the desktop :) I also use iPads and other single screen devices and don't find them particularly limiting for what I used them for but when it comes to sound mixing/editing or Photoshop work I would be lost with a single screen. (My main PC is primarily used as a recording studio.)

I just need to decide whether I do that or replace it entirely with a Mac.
I've been thinking the same for a year or two. My problem is the cost involved. I'm not too bothered about the hardware, I've even considered a Mac Pro, it's the cost of replacing all the software I use, about four time the cost of a Pro :eek:
 

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Interesting that you have a PC and a Mac - most people seem to go all in one way or the other. Is it useful for development purposes to have one of each?
To an extent, yes, but it's not crucial.

If I went all Mac, I could easily run Windows in a VM if I needed it.
 

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Enjoyed the interview! Glad he was able to put a desk together. I did one recently and I cussed up a storm almost imploded it!

Nice to see XenForo is moving forward.
 

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Enjoyed the interview! Glad he was able to put a desk together. I did one recently and I cussed up a storm almost imploded it!

Nice to see XenForo is moving forward.
HA. Folks said on the walmart.com website that the desk I currently have was super-easy to put together; that you could do it in a matter of 10 minutes or less. 2 hours later I'm cussing up a storm and so frustrated. I'm not very technically inclined. 4-5 hours later - I finally have the dang thang put together. Talk about frustration LOL...

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One I had issues with was from Ikea, one of those flat-packs. I had to get some shelves too, but had a neighbour help. He slapped those together faster then an install of a XenForo forum. :eek: But the forum is a lot easier for me to "put together" then a desk!

HA. Folks said on the walmart.com website that the desk I currently have was super-easy to put together; that you could do it in a matter of 10 minutes or less. 2 hours later I'm cussing up a storm and so frustrated. I'm not very technically inclined. 4-5 hours later - I finally have the dang thang put together. Talk about frustration LOL...

J.
 
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