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Summer-Glau.com Forum » Off Topic » The Website » Important! Vote about wiki layout changes.
Important! Vote about wiki layout changes.
What kind of color scheme should we use on the wiki?
FermiDate: Monday, 07 May 2012, 17:31 | Message # 1
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Here you can vote on what kind of color scheme we should use on the wiki. We have two options dark background with white text or bright background with black text.

Here are screen captures of a suggested bright layout (this is an early draft so changes could be made):

Main site


Forum



The dark layout is the current one. I also added a third option, but I don't make any promises.
Note that one is only allowed to vote once. You have one week to vote.


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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 07 May 2012, 18:13 | Message # 2
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The bright layout is a great improvement imo!
we should indeed abandon the over-masculine, geeky, wiki-style look because the Summer Glau Wiki is not a regular Wiki (basically an encyclopedia), it's a vibrant fansite regularly updated with news, blog posts and forum discussions.

I'm not a pro but it seems that the set of colors you choosed is fine, both for the forum and the news.
The homepage, which is the window of the site, could be a little bit more attractive by adding warmer colors instead of the "beige-looking" (perfect for the forum); the light blue is ok though, it could be slight touches of colors only, why not in the title bars or in the fonts used.


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BlaziusDate: Monday, 07 May 2012, 19:18 | Message # 3
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No you should make a super pink, girly-girly layout instead!


I wouldn't like this layout myself though. If we had more female members then I'd certainly consider it but as of now I think the bright one is a better solution.


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ThierryDate: Monday, 07 May 2012, 19:29 | Message # 4
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The bright layout is a great improvement imo!
we should indeed abandon the over-masculine, geeky, wiki-style look because the Summer Glau Wiki is not a regular Wiki (basically an encyclopedia), it's a vibrant fansite regularly updated with news, blog posts and forum discussions.


I totally agree.... Thanks for the work Fermi !
There is one more point : with a bright layout it is easier to print pages

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chrisdvanneDate: Monday, 07 May 2012, 20:02 | Message # 5
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No you should make a super pink, girly-girly layout instead!


I wouldn't like this layout myself though. If we had more female members then I'd certainly consider it but as of now I think the bright one is a better solution.

I go for the pink layout tongue



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Charley_DixonDate: Monday, 07 May 2012, 22:31 | Message # 6
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I can't believe you suggest bright layout, Fermi smile As far as I remember you always advocated the dark design. Anyway I voted for the bright one just to make a difference to the look of this site.

By the way I like recent design changes you made, especially the bar over news posts:



and buttons in HTML forms so I was waiting for you to change those brown (or whatever the name of that color is) bars



to something that would be more suitable. If you are going to dramatically change design now please change those brown bars too.
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chrisdvanneDate: Tuesday, 08 May 2012, 01:08 | Message # 7
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I posted the link on my Facebook page which might have been a mistake because the hard core Terminator fans voted for the dark layout whereas the posting members of the Wiki voted for the bright layout.

The difference is that i'm not thinking in terms of "what colors do i prefer" but in terms of "what is the best for the development of the wiki".


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BlaziusDate: Tuesday, 08 May 2012, 03:02 | Message # 8
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I go for the pink layout


shok

Well, yeah thats a reason why I wouldn't want pink I guess.....lol smile

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I posted the link on my Facebook page which might have been a mistake because the hard core Terminator fans voted for the dark layout whereas the posting members of the Wiki voted for the bright layout.


If they'd be posting members too( they can be if they wish) they'd know that this dark layout gets a bit tedious after awhile. So don't listen to them smile


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chrisdvanneDate: Tuesday, 08 May 2012, 17:15 | Message # 9
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The trend these days seems to have the color for the title bar and the content of the news (see below) but i don't like that personally :



I prefer to have a distinct color for the title bar; we could have a slightly darker blue for example (same as for the top menu bar):



The gray for the widget on the side is dreary, we could use a light blue or a light orange/brown.


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The1RussterDate: Tuesday, 08 May 2012, 17:40 | Message # 10
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I'm of the opinion if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But if change must be made, don't have washed out colors like two other Summer Glau websites I could mention or bright colors like a kids b-day party. Keep it simple, with good contrast and well defined separation of content on each page as it is currently.

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chrisdvanneDate: Tuesday, 08 May 2012, 18:17 | Message # 11
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I'm of the opinion if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

It ain't broken but it's detrimental to the visibility of the Wiki imo.

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But if change must be made, don't have washed out colors like two other Summer Glau websites

Yes, these sites are definitively following the trend i mentioned earlier and i think we should not follow the mainstream trend at all cost, but rather make a distinctive layout.

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Keep it simple, with good contrast and well defined separation of content on each page as it is currently.

Absolutely.
We should find a balance between "No separation and washed out colors" and the complete opposite "thick separation bars between content and flashy colors".


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REGDate: Wednesday, 09 May 2012, 15:51 | Message # 12
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i do prefer dark personally but the bright layout does look good. i find that bright colors tend to hurt your eyes after a while. even if you turn down your monitor brightness.

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FermiDate: Wednesday, 09 May 2012, 22:09 | Message # 13
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Maybe one can have both?

I put a layout switcher in the left column. Note this is still a beta version.


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BlaziusDate: Wednesday, 09 May 2012, 22:44 | Message # 14
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Well, I like the bright option so far. Sure you might need to adjust it a bit( like fixing the missing separation lines between threads in the thread list) and maybe a few color adjustments but IMO the bright theme will be a very nice alternative to the sometimes tedious blackness.

And if you leave the option to choose then nobody is forced to change if he/she doesn't want to.


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Charley_DixonDate: Friday, 11 May 2012, 22:36 | Message # 15
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Maybe one can have both?

I put a layout switcher in the left column. Note this is still a beta version.

Awesome! I love the new bright layout!!! And also thanks for replacing those brown bars smile


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