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Old 10-17-2006, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default Why does this look dreary?

I set up a forum a few weeks ago. At first the default color scheme looked good to me. In fact, I took the risk of installing a release candidate version because I thought its new color scheme was the best ready-made I could find. But now it looks dreary to me. And not because the forum is dead. The look brings me down as soon as hit it. And this is not true of other forums that use blues.

I have given up trying to figure this out myself. If anyone finds the site dreary, and can explain why, please let me know. Here's the link: http://cfsfmla.com/
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Old 10-17-2006, 06:44 PM   #2
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. . . But now it looks dreary to me.
I have given up trying to figure this out myself. If anyone finds the site dreary, and can explain why, please let me know. Here's the link: http://cfsfmla.com/
Doesn’t seem too dreary to me.

BTW, I signed up and replied to a message there. Hope you do not mind. I do not suffer from fibromyalgia or CFS but chronic pain, but did know something about Lyrica, so thought I should comment. (Doctors are very slow to understand about off-list applications of some medications.)

   
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But now it looks dreary to me.
Maybe because it lacks contrast--most of the tone are in the light midtones. Very little black, very little white--almost no dark tones. it is also all cool tones--maybe add some warm-tone accents.

   
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I signed up and replied to a message there. Hope you do not mind. I do not suffer from fibromyalgia or CFS but chronic pain, but did know something about Lyrica, so thought I should comment. (Doctors are very slow to understand about off-list applications of some medications.)
I'm glad you responded. And I know what you mean about off-list applications. I was offered Provigil to help with chronic fatigue, and all of the information I found was for use with problems other than chronic fatigue.
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Maybe because it lacks contrast--most of the tone are in the light midtones. Very little black, very little white--almost no dark tones. it is also all cool tones--maybe add some warm-tone accents.
I think you just put your finger one some of what was causing my feeling. Especially in the background colors of the topic areas. Also, I just checked and none of the major white areas are full white, but there is white in some text and the search box. I wonder if this makes the major white areas look dim.
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I wonder if this makes the major white areas look dim.
Kinda like a foggy day.

   
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I set up a forum a few weeks ago. At first the default color scheme looked good to me. In fact, I took the risk of installing a release candidate version because I thought its new color scheme was the best ready-made I could find. But now it looks dreary to me. And not because the forum is dead. The look brings me down as soon as hit it. And this is not true of other forums that use blues.
Well, it looks a bit muted - but that's OK; in most cases a forum's color scheme shoudln't get in your face, it's the content that counts.

But maybe a few changes that makes it look less "out of the box"? It does look that, somehow (but not dreary - and I don't even like blue!). Logo? Custom icons?

   
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I would prefer to have the latest few messages right up the front so I will know whether to dig deeper. Content is king. Damn the eye-candy.

   
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I think I'd make the links to content a darker blue to increase the range of colour & contrast. This would make them stand out a lot more. Older versions of SMF used black for section links - see this example.

Looks like a dig into the template CSS is needed.

   
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Old 10-18-2006, 06:35 AM   #10
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The Snippet Master forum uses only a dash of other colours but it seems like it is all that is needed. I don't think you need to make any drastic changes - just add something that isn't blue.

   
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