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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby SydneyPSIder » 28 Jul 2014, 06:59

yes, I noticed Milky Way Red too, that is kind of OK. take your point about the amount of grey in redsilver, but isn't the new current theme like that as well? I hadn't really noticed the JREF site, it's too ridiculous a site for me to visit for the blinkered attitudes there, and there's hardly any point going into the belly of the beast to argue with a bunch of nongs. So really any colour scheme that's nice will do!? There's just so many to choose from. Clearly people often just like what they're familiar with to come back, or an update of that, so you have to guard against that inclination as well. However, there is something to be said for maintaining image continuity, after all we have 10 regular readers! I think the mix of red and blue on this current theme jars a bit though.... maybe switch to milky way red for a while as an 'interim' theme that retains continuity but modernises a bit while we ponder the final branding solution with the marketing people...
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby NinjaPuppy » 28 Jul 2014, 21:56

SydneyPSIder wrote:However, there is something to be said for maintaining image continuity, after all we have 10 regular readers! I think the mix of red and blue on this current theme jars a bit though.... maybe switch to milky way red for a while as an 'interim' theme that retains continuity but modernises a bit while we ponder the final branding solution with the marketing people...


I do have a problem with the itty bitty SCEPCOP logo up on top of the pages. It looks lonely and forgotten. It also take up a chunk of space and makes me scroll. OK, I'm done complaining.... for now. :D
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby Scepcop » 29 Jul 2014, 01:45

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SydneyPSIder wrote:However, there is something to be said for maintaining image continuity, after all we have 10 regular readers! I think the mix of red and blue on this current theme jars a bit though.... maybe switch to milky way red for a while as an 'interim' theme that retains continuity but modernises a bit while we ponder the final branding solution with the marketing people...


I do have a problem with the itty bitty SCEPCOP logo up on top of the pages. It looks lonely and forgotten. It also take up a chunk of space and makes me scroll. OK, I'm done complaining.... for now. :D


You don't like that little logo at the top? What do you suggest then? I thought it looked cute. lol

Yeah I guess it does look out of place though. But shouldn't we have something up there? Like a title or logo? Otherwise, someone who comes here first without seeing the home page might wonder what this site is even about.

I've been promoting the new theme in this forum on my all mailing lists and Facebook groups. Hopefully that will bring us more traffic.
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby NinjaPuppy » 29 Jul 2014, 02:56

Can you put some big honkin text up there?
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby Scepcop » 29 Jul 2014, 03:26

NinjaPuppy wrote:Can you put some big honkin text up there?


I suppose it's possible. You mean something like "SCEPCOP FORUM"? Or what?
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby SydneyPSIder » 29 Jul 2014, 14:56

Scepcop wrote:I've been promoting the new theme in this forum on my all mailing lists and Facebook groups. Hopefully that will bring us more traffic.


hmm, is that a good idea at this early stage, given you're not sure yourself which one to use? certainly modernising to phpbb3 and getting a much faster host are selling points, not sure how you sell the fact you're using Artodia Ultra Blue to pull 'em in lol.

I was on a certain other site for a while that just used wordpress commenting for ages, lol, and still attracted a lot of posts. in fact, once the owner went to a phpbb solution, the regulars dropped off.... but the main thing is to just pick a nice choice of colours and layout and whatever works works. there are a huge number to select from, which makes it harder to assess on a casual inspection... perhaps you could just link to the demo site and type in a few of the ones you like in a text list for ppl to investigate by themselves, i found the links to be a bit overwhelming lol.
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby NinjaPuppy » 30 Jul 2014, 02:10

Scepcop wrote:
NinjaPuppy wrote:Can you put some big honkin text up there?


I suppose it's possible. You mean something like "SCEPCOP FORUM"? Or what?

SCEPCOP - DEBUNKING SKEPTICS FORUM

Something like that.
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby Scepcop » 30 Jul 2014, 15:18

NinjaPuppy wrote:
Scepcop wrote:
NinjaPuppy wrote:Can you put some big honkin text up there?


I suppose it's possible. You mean something like "SCEPCOP FORUM"? Or what?

SCEPCOP - DEBUNKING SKEPTICS FORUM

Something like that.


Ok done. How does it look? :)
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby NinjaPuppy » 31 Jul 2014, 05:41

I think it looks FABULOUS!
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby Scepcop » 16 Sep 2014, 16:32

Update:

I've changed the theme to Prosilver. How do you all like it? I figured we should try it for a while and see.
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby NinjaPuppy » 18 Sep 2014, 06:22

I noticed. It's ok. I think that the text is a bit smaller but the look is sleeker.
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby Scepcop » 19 Oct 2014, 19:19

Update:

I've changed the color theme of this forum. The default colors were kind of too blue and too bright. So I changed it to something easier on the eyes. The blue is now a darker shade. And the background not so baby blue. What do you all think? Do you like these colors better?
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby Scepcop » 21 Oct 2014, 09:02

Update:

That new color theme I changed the forum to looked kind of dark and gloomy, so I changed it back to this baby blue default theme. At least this theme looks more upbeat, positive and ambient. lol
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby NinjaPuppy » 21 Oct 2014, 09:09

How did I know that you were going to do that? :D

I agree that the gray was a tad gloomy. Not bad but I got used to the blue.
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Re: Should we change the forum theme? Here are some options.

Postby Scepcop » 21 Oct 2014, 09:30

NinjaPuppy wrote:How did I know that you were going to do that? :D

I agree that the gray was a tad gloomy. Not bad but I got used to the blue.


Maybe you can read my mind, or we are telepathically linked. lol

Or you understand my thinking. lol

But yeah, gloomy colors in the background are not good. This light blue theme looks more positive, cheerful and uplifting. Dating sites use this type of light blue too, because it connotates romance as well.

It's probably the most agreeable color, that's why it's the default theme. lol
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