@HLTc... you've been a member long enough to know ken_b is not a troll... and ken_b, lighten up!
Actually having used forums for 12 years now, its usually the guy with 4,000+ posts who makes the most unhelpful, difficult, or snarky comments. Not sure why. They usually know more, but they always seem to interject something annoying. Maybe they've been around too long and are just bored. But its no coincidence Ken has 4000+ posts... :) <---
Moving on ...
The tablet thing I had not considered. Are tablets and iphones and "mobile" all considered pretty much the same "genre" ? If so, then wouldn't having a separate "mobile" site be the solution? The latest issues of Entrepreneur magazine has declared 2012 and onward to be the upsurge of mobile online revenue. Mobile is the new trend, so the guy above who commented that this is the most important emerging market is probably correct. I am new to that world however so please let me know if a mobile site is a sufficient solution.
To be completely honest trying to make your main site work on mobile "width" is all good and well, but nothing loads as fast as those extremely simplified "Mobile" versions of web sites. They are faster, easier, and far more useful on a tiny iphone screen than trying to browse a "regular" web site that happens to "fit" on the phone display.
I am still of the opinion that people who manually shrink their browsers are not the majority, but I respect your viewpoints. I have seen those people who have slightly cascaded windows and if they run across a page they cant see all of, they simply "widen" the window, or pop it to full screen. I probably would never do my entire design based on that group of people.
I guess I'll continue monitoring what sites like CNN, and the other big sites do. I figure they have millions invested and know their stuff.
As someone mentioned, your site content is a big factor. Amazon.com looks great. And its an "adjustable" width site. Sidebars stay fixed. Center stretches. That is great when your center content is a bunch of thumbnail images. But my site is mostly text. Its like a book. Thousands of pages of reading with images mixed in.
The nightmares that introduces were insane after awhile. (We used to have an adjustable width site). I spent so much time trying to get it to look good. At some resolutions it looked ridiculous and cramped. At other resolutions it looked sparse and stretched out. In the end, it looked like crap most of the time.
At least with fixed width, I was able to present a beautiful web site that always looked beautiful.