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View Poll Results: Are color themes a good idea?
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:45 AM   #1
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Color themes to choose from.


I'm sure this has been talked about on here already, probably several times... but it would be VERY nice if you could just choose your color theme. I'm not talking about being able to customize everything about the site... just color themes. Please.
 
Old 06-12-2010, 08:56 AM   #2
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If you look at the source code, you will see that it uses CSS. You can--in principle--write some javascript that changes the CSS when a page is loaded.
 
Old 06-12-2010, 09:06 AM   #3
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It would be really convenient if there were some choices, though... It seems like a hassle to learn CSS and use Javascript. I'm not really complaining, because I like the colors here really... but there would probably be better color combinations with choices. I did read the recommendation to use greasemonkey. If you don't mind, what's the reason that color themes can't be used? I understand that maybe the majority of people wouldn't use them, but I can't imagine that's true or why would so many sites have theme options? I started the poll because I looked around some and didn't see a poll for this anywhere.
 
Old 06-12-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
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It would be easy enough to offer a choice of themes. My hunch is that most people are happy the way it is, and thus there is no motivation to add the feature.

We need to think about your definition of "so many sites". I do not recall seeing **any** websites offering a choices of themes--maybe you can post an example.
 
Old 06-12-2010, 06:39 PM   #5
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This is something that has been requested in various forms over the years and Jeremy has always said that he is sticking to one theme. The colour theme is part of LQ and has been the same for quite a while.

What would a different colour theme add in terms of user experience? Where I have hit a site that allows you to choose a theme, I tend to leave it on the default 9unless I find the default hard to read) and this is because I do not care enough to change it.
 
Old 06-12-2010, 08:50 PM   #6
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I usually prefer a darker theme if I have a choice... or one with contrast and nice colors like maybe grey/blue/black/something. I'm not an artist or anything, but I think you might call it "soft" colors?
For example, for my theme I use SphereCrystal and for my gedit highlighting I like Tango. Aside from the "soft" colors, it has a "soft" and smooth look.
Not that I don't use vim a lot...

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Old 06-12-2010, 09:27 PM   #7
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With Python code from "Dive Into Python". Smooth. Nice.
Maybe not the best, but it comes with either the gnome-themes or gnome-themes-extras package, so I don't have to search around for one or take a chance on something working or looking funny. I like darker themes a lot, too. Variety's really better than just one kind.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:14 PM   #8
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I too think it would be nice if we could set the site colors. I like to have my GTK theme set to a white-text-on-dark-background style, so I figure it would be more fitting (and easier on my eyes ) if I could set my LQ colors to be similar or the same.
 
Old 06-13-2010, 07:00 AM   #9
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Yeah, when there's a choice I'll go for a dark colored background and light text or black background and white text or whatever pretty often, too.

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Old 06-14-2010, 08:45 AM   #10
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Although I like the current scheme, it would be neat to be able to change it.
 
Old 06-14-2010, 06:52 PM   #11
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Thanks for the feedback. While we don't plan to offer multiple official themes here at LQ, there are a variety of different ways to accomplish this on the client side.

--jeremy
 
Old 06-14-2010, 07:02 PM   #12
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I'd also like to be able to have little kittens instead of penguins and colourful flowers all around the LQ site. AAh, and it should also display some information about my star sign in the top left-hand corner

Sorry, I couldn't resist. This is LQ.org, not some trendy site for teenagers.

KISS
 
Old 06-14-2010, 09:27 PM   #13
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:26 AM   #14
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I'd like a bar at LQ, where I could get that free beer everybody mentions. And some lap-dancers too, please, Jeremy. Thanks.
 
Old 06-15-2010, 03:38 PM   #15
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Cool

Greetings,

For myself, I have been staring at computer monitors since 1980, starting with the light-blue-on-dark-blue color scheme of the C64. If there is an option to go with a darker color scheme than the default black-text-on-bright-white-page on a website I frequent, I will always go with the darker color theme that causes the least strain on my eyes.

I really appreciate the alternating light-blue and grey sections for posts here on LQ. The only thing I would change would be the default background from bright-white to dark-grey.

Just my 2.

As a note, for those that prefer the darker backgrounds with lighter text over it and are running Gnome, in the gnome-theme-extras package, there is a theme called Darklooks that I've been enjoying for a while now. Real easy on the eyes.

HTH.
 
  


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