I don't know.
There are three levels of deprecation:
- Adding a mild warning on the page.
- Adding a very visible warning on the page.
- Adding a warning, and dropping IE7 specific hacks.
Right now, I'm on level 2 for both IE6 and IE7. Should I just make it a 'mild' warning? (i.e. drop the red background, opt for something more subtle, more bearable..?) Should I make the warning very visible only if the user is a member, and thus likely to stay on the forum for more than a couple of google hit reads?
As for dropping IE7 hacks, the only one I'd be interested in dropping is the sidebar macros. While it's a really, really neat solution, and one that no other systems have never used and never will, it's still something that's there to replace boring floats. I could possibly go to level 3 and replace the IE7 hack with a basic float to at least keep pages usable.
I don't know...
Interestingly, Google Analytics tells me that wedge.org visitors are only 9% IE users, and out of these, in the last week, only 1 (one!) IE6 user. However, I also added a custom script to log IE6 and IE7 users last night, and I've already got a hundred hits or something. About half of these are hits from strange unknown bots, such as "InfoPath.1", others are equally split between IE6 and IE7 users, and every time I analyzed the IP, it was coming from Russia or Asia, so these are 'real' people, just people that use a pirated copy of XP and don't want to connect to Microsoft servers. When will someone PLEASE tell them that Microsoft competitors don't give a damn about the XP license status, and that they'll happily provide them with the latest security patches for Chrome, Opera and Firefox..?