Bryan Deakin

Scottish Poet / Blogger / Community Activist

Getting to know: GaryG

1. What got you involved with SMF?
When a friends forum that I frequented was upgraded I was hooked really, what really got me going was the fact that I enjoyed helping people, at first, I tried to be a jack of all trades, I was making mods, themes and doing general support, but over time, I narrowed it down to one specific specialty.

2. What feature of SMF do you like the most?
Hmm… SSI.php. The fact that you can integrate SMF into a separate site as easily as that is really neat. That and the theme template system which I think is far superior than the other forum softwares methods.

3. From what you see what do you feel SMF is missing?
It’s been lacking quite a lot in recent years, particularly with social networking which seems to be the wave of the future these days. Of course, that is to say that it shouldn’t become a “Make your own Facebook” package.

4. How do you feel about the transition from LLC to NPO?
I’m not the kind of guy that knows too much about business. But it seems to be a step in the right direction. At least from what I’ve seen of the actions so far.

5. Since you have left SMF what have you been up too?
I’ve been concentrating on university, which is actually the reason I left in the first place, it’s tough, but I’m sure I can make it through. I’ve also been concentrating on my own site, The War of the Simpsons, at http://babysimpson.co.uk, and on top of that, I’ve been working with a friend to produce Simpsons Fantasy, a six year old fan fic I wrote into an actual playable RPG as it was intended to be.

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