Turn out the Lights (Beta) - Dark Forum Style for Mu-43

Amin Sabet

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Prefer a dark background for viewing photos, like the default forum styles at Rangefinder forum, Fred Miranda, and GetDPI?

Now there's a choice:

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To change the site style, use the drop down menu in the far lower left corner of any page. Your preference will be saved, and you can change at any time.

The dark style is in beta, meaning that I did the colors by hand, and it is possible that certain features, menus, and such will have unreadable (light on light, dark on dark) text. I'll continue to work on those bugs, but for now it seems usable.
 

Pelao

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I prefer the dark setting. The site is very 'busy', and the various elements stand out more effectively, at least to my eye. I feel it is much better for viewing images.

Overall, a warmer feel.

Choice is good.
 

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Thanks guys! Pelao, with regards to the site looking busy and image viewing, I wanted to make sure you knew that you can collapse the "Recent Discussions" bar on the right side of the thread view by clicking on the
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above it. That doesn't reclaim any screen real estate, but it does make the display less distracting for viewing images in threads.
 

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looking good
I may be tempted to lower the saturation a little on the pink/peach colour.

Also notice in Hodads sig some sort of tag goes to black

cheers
K
Yes, there's no way for me to make a theme work with everyone's sig colors!

oh and also the Edit/Quote etc biuttons need to be looked at - obviously antialiased for a white background

K
Right, same for most of the smileys. I'll fix those over time, but it's a one-by one thing, so it'll take some time. Thanks!
 

Pelao

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Thanks guys! Pelao, with regards to the site looking busy and image viewing, I wanted to make sure you knew that you can collapse the "Recent Discussions" bar on the right side of the thread view by clicking on the
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
above it. That doesn't reclaim any screen real estate, but it does make the display less distracting for viewing images in threads.
Hi - yes, I knew about the option. I kind of like knowing what's happening in various threads.

By the way, I was not criticizing or complaining in any way. There is a great deal that needs to be packed into a community site. Also, it really needs to be around for a while so you gain insights into what people use the most etc. Then you can consider design options. With sites that are heavy in interaction, I believe it is an error to over-design at the outset. Better to get the basics right, which is clearly the case here, then let the people interact and refine as you see the community evolve.

You probably know all this. Professional hazard -the design and interface of online communities and brands is a big part of my work. My comments are meant to be helpful ('cause I like this place...) and I apologize if they annoy.
 

Amin Sabet

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Hi - yes, I knew about the option. I kind of like knowing what's happening in various threads.

By the way, I was not criticizing or complaining in any way. There is a great deal that needs to be packed into a community site. Also, it really needs to be around for a while so you gain insights into what people use the most etc. Then you can consider design options. With sites that are heavy in interaction, I believe it is an error to over-design at the outset. Better to get the basics right, which is clearly the case here, then let the people interact and refine as you see the community evolve.

You probably know all this. Professional hazard -the design and interface of online communities and brands is a big part of my work. My comments are meant to be helpful ('cause I like this place...) and I apologize if they annoy.
Not at all, I very much appreciate the comments and suggestions! I didn't take them in any way to be negative :smile:.
 
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