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Site Look - Color Thoughts


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Poll: What is your thought on the site color? (54 member(s) have cast votes)

What is your thought on the current site look color wise?

  1. Works fine for me, no real issues (35 votes [48.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.61%

  2. Would like a darker look (7 votes [9.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.72%

  3. Would like it brighter, more white (2 votes [2.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.78%

  4. More colors, but darker (16 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  5. More colors, but ligher (8 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  6. Boy, this is harder to do than I thought. (4 votes [5.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.56%

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#1 OFFLINE   David Bott

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 02:23 PM

So, now that the site has been running for some time and things are settled in, version 4 of the software will be out at some point.  As such, we more than likely will need to play with the look and theme of the site again when that happens.

 

So in thinking about that, and knowing you can not please everyone, we wanted to quickly get a gauge on where we stand at this point in time on the site look. (Color wise.)  Have heard everything from it's dull to I really like it.  From change it all to this is easy on the eyes.  So more or less, like I said, can't please everyone. 

 

So this is just a simple poll on the general site color look.  We know some people like a dark look, and others prefer a white look, while still others want it full of every color in the rainbow.  So, like I said, can not please everyone and needing to maintain multi themes is not something we will be looking to do. (It takes a great deal of time with any updates.)  Even this theme we had to modify to make work with some of the suggestions as to know.  So, well, we will need to go though it all again at some point as it is our guess is that ver 3.4.X themes will not work with ver 4 of the software.

 

So, in thinking of the future, just wanted to see how we are at this time with a simple poll and what we might want to look at in the future. (Note, no idea when ver 4 will be out.  So we are just thinking about this in case needed.)  Heck, we might get luckily and ver 4 will have a way for people to set there own look as they like it in their preferences if they are a member.  Their are some themes not that can do this, but for only some area sections of the site. 

 

In any case, thanks. 

 

(This is not to be used to ask for changes in the current theme.  Knowing that ver 4 will be out at some point, we will be holding off with any changed until then.)


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#2 OFFLINE   Steve615

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 02:46 PM

The colors work fine for me. But, changing the color scheme occasionally wouldn't be too bad either. 


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:09 PM

It's a discussion board, not a box of crayons or a Picaso.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:19 PM

I actually dont like the new layout at all.  It certainly doesnt stop me from visiting but since opinions were solicited


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:24 PM

I think the site looks great!!  This was a lot of work and congratulations to all that worked on it!!


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:38 PM

My eyes would enjoy some color. A little bland now.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:40 PM

It's too much gray for my taste. The gray reminds of either a prison or a naval ship.

 

Now, I'm alright with gray as the main color, as that seems to the fad color replacing black, but I would like more blue and reds highlights instead of gray on gray on gray.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:03 PM

White background, with more colors would be awesome.

 

It's just kinda gray and dreary now.

 

And a nice sharp looking cool logo would be nice, for our great home here!



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:34 PM

I haven't voted because I don't see an option for increased legibility. I'm indifferent to the surrounding color scheme, but for ease of reading posts, I'd vote for black type against a white background, especially for the mobile skin.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:44 PM

I see close to half of the early voters are okay with where we are at, and that includes me. Too much color is distracting, so if any is added, do so conservatively.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:55 PM

The color scheme is fine, but the logo and site name do NOT "pop".


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:12 PM

If I want 'pop', I'll go get a 7-Up.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:04 PM

I quite like this look.  I've been to sites with too much color, and they are distracting from the discussion.  Remember when there was a trend for new sites to play music or have blinking text? Thankfully that trend didn't last long.  I think content wins the day at a discussion site like this... but I also happen to like this look too.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 08:03 PM

Cronenberg's masterpiece "Crash" has a color pallet of cool blues, grays, and black.  This site, while generally brighter, reminds me favorably of one of my most favorite films.

 

 

 

 

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I learned the hard way that "Crash" is not most folks cup of tea, so to speak.  So be advised, if you bother to watch it, you are most likely not going to like it.  If you did like "Blue Velvet", you might like "Crash".  But I am not recommending that film either.



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:14 AM

I still get eye adjust thing when flipping from the monitor to tv. I would sure like the ability to take it down a notch or two brightness wise.



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 07:26 AM

I do find it harder to read. Don't know if it's the font or size or grey background.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:04 PM

Its fine to ME David..... Its nice and fast,etc....

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:12 PM

I googled 'gray house color scheme' and found these schemes . . .

 

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 05:30 PM

I hate to point this out... but this poll as constructed has a flaw...  It has allowed multiple selections, which is skewing the percentages.

 

IF you look at the poll, it looks like 49% of the voters said "it's fine" vs 51% wanting some change, although those 51% don't agree on what the change should be.

 

BUT

 

if you look a little closer... you will see that 43 people have voted... and 27 of those voted for "it is fine"... which really means nearly 63% voted "it's fine" vs 37% voting for change.

 

This tells me that the people voting for change must have made multiple selections for their change options... which is giving the result of appearing like more people want change than don't.


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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:32 PM

Hmmm i dunno how many ppl would select more than 1 option though... (I only selected one (Dont wanna confuse Dave after all))

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:39 PM

Hard to say...  43 members have voted 55 times... so several people have selected multiple options... but I can't see any farther than that into how each person voted.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:40 AM

Voted "working for me, etc"

 

I use the "white background" theme.  It's easier for me to read the font that way.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:01 AM

Voted "working for me, etc"

 

I use the "white background" theme.  It's easier for me to read the font that way.

Yep, the format of the current default "executive" skin, with the colors/background of that IPB "standard" skin would be fine with me.

 

I was using that IPB standard skin until it was mentioned that it's not really supported or enhanced so I switched, and figured I'd live with the greyish theme, though I'd love black text on a white background, exactly like that IPB standard skin.



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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:11 AM

Yep, the format of the current default "executive" skin, with the colors/background of that IPB "standard" skin would be fine with me.

 

I was using that IPB standard skin until it was mentioned that it's not really supported or enhanced so I switched, and figured I'd live with the greyish theme, though I'd love black text on a white background, exactly like that IPB standard skin.

 

I may be missing something, but it looks like the IPB standard skin seems to support all the new plug-ins that were added to the executive skin. You just have to get used to different locations for the Forums widget, Messenger, Notifications, etc.

 

The logo needs either a paneled background or outlined type when set against this skin, however.

 

Unfortunately, due to the smaller screen, it's the smartphone client that really needs black text against a white background, IMHO. Based on David's research, however, it looks like IP Board doesn't allow the user a choice of mobile skins, only the full skins.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:57 AM

I may be missing something, but it looks like the IPB standard skin seems to support all the new plug-ins that were added to the executive skin. You just have to get used to different locations for the Forums widget, Messenger, Notifications, etc.

 

The logo needs either a paneled background or outlined type when set against this skin, however.

 

Unfortunately, due to the smaller screen, it's the smartphone client that really needs black text against a white background, IMHO. Based on David's research, however, it looks like IP Board doesn't allow the user a choice of mobile skins, only the full skins.

Yep Steve, the formatting at the top and the logo are different. Shame that we couldn't just have the IPB standard skin and this skin, and maybe that would be enough to satisfy most people. It's always hard, as we've learned with satellite opinions, there's many perspectives. For me personally, the IPB standard skin has just enough color, and I like the white on black, certainly easy to read.






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