Poll Which forum skin do you use?

Which skin (style) do you use the most?

  • Default

    Votes: 18 39.1%
  • Apollo (Fixed)

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Apollo (Fluid)

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • Dark Nights

    Votes: 8 17.4%
  • M6 Classic

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Orbiter

    Votes: 4 8.7%
  • Orbiter-Forum

    Votes: 9 19.6%
  • White Pages

    Votes: 2 4.3%

  • Total voters
    46
  • Poll closed .

Tex

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We have many skin (style) options here on Orbiter-Forum. I'm looking to revitalize the styles and maybe add a new option. At the same time, we'd like to limit the total number of styles to 4 options as maintenance becomes a pain with too many. So, we would like your input in the attached poll. Please vote for the skin you like and use the most. Thanks!
 

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Did not try any other yet.... What is needed for making a forum skin anyway? Can this be done as some sort of package?

Like, having a NASA Apollo theme skin for the forum?
 

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Huh, so that's why forum looks weird when i'm not logged in.
I kinda forgot they existed.
 

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After testing a few I must say the dark night and Orbiter skins are VERY similar, generally, most are all a bit on the dark side.

I would prefer to have more lighter themes.
 

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For myself, "Orbiter-Forum" skin is clear and functional. Aside, I like blue.
 

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I use Default, but not by default. I tried them all a long time ago, and re-tried them just now, and prefer the default theme (which looks like White Pages to me). But if the site admins switch to a different default, I'm willing to consider it. I prefer a light theme. Also blue-ish.
 

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I quite like the default theme, so I think I would start a riot if it would be removed. :lol:
 

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What's this poll for? The skins are stored in the users settings, so they should be available to the web-admin, right?
 

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Did not try any other yet.... What is needed for making a forum skin anyway? Can this be done as some sort of package?

Like, having a NASA Apollo theme skin for the forum?

Each style has its own set of templates and CSS that defines the pages on the forum. So any changes made has to be applied to them individually. We've been able to use a few tricks to minimize this, but some things can't be tied together, so it's inevitable that each skin requires a certain amount of unique work for changes made to the site.

After testing a few I must say the dark night and Orbiter skins are VERY similar, generally, most are all a bit on the dark side.

I would prefer to have more lighter themes.

No matter what comes of this, we will retain dark and bright options. I realize not everyone likes the dark colors -- for some it's hard on the eyes.

What's this poll for? The skins are stored in the users settings, so they should be available to the web-admin, right?

If we looked at each member's profile individually, then yes, we could see if they chose a skin from their UserCP settings page. However, there is no query we can run to see only that. One could probably be created, but a poll just seems easier and allows input such as these posts to be made. Furthermore, members can use the dropdown menu on the footer of the site to change style options. This is not tracked in the users options. It's stored in a cookie and cleared once the user logs out.
 

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I quite like the default theme, so I think I would start a riot if it would be removed. :lol:

Have you tired the White Pages skin? Very similar to default, but just a slightly different shade of blue. I've been using it for the most part, but I also like the Orbiter-Forum skin as it has a clean & professional touch with various color options available.
 

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I have, it's just "too bright" for my taste. :)

That being said, I did just try the "Orbiter-Forum" skin, and I like it well enough -- it is similar to the default skin, but a bit less blue. The default is still my favorite, though. :p
 

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I'm with Doug!
I quite like the default theme, so I think I would start a riot if it would be removed. :lol:
I love the default skin.
I've just tried them all once again, and to my taste Default wins hands down!
 

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I tend to use Orbiter and the Dark Nights themes. Light website design hurts my eyes. That being said, the default skin is really nice from a purely design perspective.
 

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Thanks for the feedback all. Seems the Default and Orbiter-Forum skins are the favorites so far. Since the Default skin is the standard vBulletin 3.8x style, I doubt we'll be ditching it. We may however make another skin the standard style for guests and users not logged in. As usual, members logged in will be able to change skin selections in their settings or on the site footer.
 

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Dark Nights.

Much easier on my eyes. Plus I'm forced to look at MS email and Word, etc. at work all day in the default scheme, so a changeup is nice.

---------- Post added 10-25-17 at 12:00 AM ---------- Previous post was 10-24-17 at 11:59 PM ----------

Also: Tex? You're back on the staff again, huh? Interesting.
 

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Dark Nights.

Much easier on my eyes. Plus I'm forced to look at MS email and Word, etc. at work all day in the default scheme, so a changeup is nice.

---------- Post added 10-25-17 at 12:00 AM ---------- Previous post was 10-24-17 at 11:59 PM ----------

Also: Tex? You're back on the staff again, huh? Interesting.

Thanks for the feedback Andy. Yep, I'm just helping out since I've found the time lately.
 

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White Pages is my favorite. I've just retried them all, and that's the one I still like the most. All the dark ones are hard to read for me.
 

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I previously used Dark Nights, but I found some time back that I favour the Orbiter skin as it's a little more aesthetically pleasing to me. I'm a creature of darker skin preferences too.
 
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