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

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Prefer a dark background for viewing photos, like the default forum styles at Rangefinder forum, Fred Miranda, and GetDPI?

    Now there's a choice:

    [​IMG]

    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.
     
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  2. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    I like it Amin, keep going... it's a nice style. :2thumbs:

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  3. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    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.
     
  4. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

    806
    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    looks good to me.....
     
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    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 [​IMG] above it. That doesn't reclaim any screen real estate, but it does make the display less distracting for viewing images in threads.
     
  6. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    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
     
  7. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    oh and also the Edit/Quote etc biuttons need to be looked at - obviously antialiased for a white background

    K
     
  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Yes, there's no way for me to make a theme work with everyone's sig colors!

    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!
     
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  9. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

    806
    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    sig adjusted...... :cool:
     
  10. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Unfortunately, it's now poorly readable in the default style :rolleyes:

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  11. flyby

    flyby Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

    123
    Jan 14, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks

    Really like the darker background. Thanks for making this available. Its easier on my ol' eyes and much easier now to read. :2thumbs:
     
  12. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Thanks Amin, good work.

    Kind regards, Herman
     
  13. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

    I like it. Nice job Amin :2thumbs:
     
  14. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus Subscribing Member Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The Wizard has done it again....:drinks:
     
  15. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    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.
     
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  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Not at all, I very much appreciate the comments and suggestions! I didn't take them in any way to be negative :smile:.
     
  17. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    The default font colors automatically switch between themes. If you pick a color other than the default, you're on your own :biggrin:.
     
  18. melv

    melv Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

    29
    Jan 3, 2010
    South Yorkshire, UK
    Nice one Amin!
     
  19. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    I'm still hooked on blue, at the moment. It seems to work better with my eyesight but if we ever lost the blue, I'd adapt.:cool: It is nice to have the two choices.
     
  20. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus Charter Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Yes, I've come back to blue... I'm very used to it :wink:

    Cheers

    Brian