Please, READ what's being said in the thread, I have been in favour of custom roms since the beginning. I know what unbranded roms mean. What I pointed out was VD171 confidently said there are many roms for merlin out there on google, While there was only one, LineageOS. When asked for the links, he straight away declines to provide, because he doesn't have them, and was lying.You
What he meant of "Unbranded" roms are roms that are made with additional tweaks and customization from developers who have NOT BEEN REGISTERED as an official part of Android OS such as "Resurrection Remix", "Lineage OS" etc and are specifically made to further customize the device both software and hardware, thus shortening the smartphone's life span if not carefully tweaked properly. While branded roms are made from smartphone manufactures in order to include their apps in their product such as One UI, MIUI etc. These roms are tweaked as either optimal to performance, thus making it user-friendly to newcomers.
If you aint replying, be my guest, But remember, COMMUNOS, you are a senior member of this group. We've be warned by a XDA moderator here. You should respect other people's opinion and avoid making unnecessary decision that will lead you to a ban in this thread.
Talking about opinions, this thread is for custom roms, recommending stock rom is baseless here.
The thread moderator posted too, opinions for stock roms shouldn't be posted here.
I've been in the custom roms community since 2015, I am very well versed with their benefits over the stock, the demerits too. And for the Note 9 community, we worked hard for several months to produce bugless roms, and when they are released a random guy comes over and starts to recommend stock roms over them? Are the developers fools who have been working hard since months to make a stable device tree, provide bugless custom roms?
And for the part you bricked your phone, that was due to your mistake. If you flash wrong files or use wrong vendor or commands, brick is obvious. This is a mtk device, and everyone knows what's the dangers of customising it. I'm using GSI and roms on my note 9 since September 2020, no issues till now.
Bugless custom roms are already out, please check the forums for this device.
Talking about UNOFFICIAL, The official/unofficial is just a tag, The only difference is official roms are bugless, which the current unofficial is too, and can be applied for official.
This is not a Snapdragon device, There's a risk in customising it, every user undertakes risk when he/she starts to begins to mod their device. So complaining of bricks due to their mistake, is ridiculous.
Ban for what? This thread is for custom roms, I'm talking about custom roms. It's the people who are trying to enforce their opinion about stock roms here should be banned.
Peace out man, No hard feelings, just please look what had been said in the thread previously, you will understand.