RE: Fixed Width v Extensible Width Forum
I am not involved in the web design side of things at all, but from my "external" point of view, I would think that this is a layout question and something that is choosen to make it likely that as many people as possible sees the same thing the web designer want the visitors to see. Even with a big screen, extedning the forum a lot (but staying with the same font) would give you super long lines, not easy to read. A problem with the current way of using an 800 pixel wide format (or whatever) is that the higher the resulition of your monitor, the smaller the fonts will appear, I guess. On my system however (Mac 0S X + safari) I can press apple-+ (command +) and get a magnified view which than is presented in a wider format when you go for really big appearance fonts.