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How well do you like the new skin?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. Nov 16, 2005 #1


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    I REALLY like the text color scheme (I'll have to steal it sometime :biggrin:), the oranges, grey-blues etc.. The title bars, end bars, new flash banner, and user navigation bar are superb.

    The color scheme makes the text more difficult for me to read. Also I don't think the usernames stand out as much as they should (but the size is perfect now, after more use heh.). Also, I think the idea that the gray area around each post should be blueish-gray. It would be much easier on the eyes I think by just changing the sea of gray to blue-gray.

    How do you like it?
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  3. Nov 16, 2005 #2


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    It seems to be working a lot better on Safari, as Moonbear and I aren't having any trouble with fonts, size, or text contrast. I'm actually getting used to the post face and background, but I still don't like the graphics. I guess I'm just being an old man, but they remind me a bit too much of Club Buzz (Lightyear, that is) at Disneyland; it kind of makes what is otherwise a pretty serious forum come across as childish.
  4. Nov 16, 2005 #3


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    After a little more use I would also like to add that the "go to last post in thread" buttons are too small. I use those a lot and would like them as big as the last ones. Or maybe they just look small. Also, the thread rating levels are WAY too big, very unappealing, overly-bubbley, and they distract your attention away.
  5. Nov 16, 2005 #4
    I like it, I think it's pretty neat.. but that's just me, i get bored of things really fast, so change is always good.
  6. Nov 16, 2005 #5
    I'm using Firefox, and it's not giving me any problems either.
  7. Nov 16, 2005 #6
    There's an awful lot of... grey. Kind of bland, really. Oh well.
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    The skin isn't even working for me on firefox.
  9. Nov 16, 2005 #8
    I like the new look!!
  10. Nov 16, 2005 #9
    The skin is fine, but the grey colors look really boring.
    I prefer the blue + white colors.
    The flashlogo is superb.
  11. Nov 16, 2005 #10
    I prefer the classic one. Just looks space/high-tech in an odd way to me. How about putting an option in the User CP of either using the Classic skin or the Updated one.
  12. Nov 16, 2005 #11
    Now, it doesn't look like a physics forum. It looks more like a game forum. The website needs its serious old look back.
  13. Nov 16, 2005 #12
    Let's give it a week to get ourselves adapted to the new environment, ok guys ?

  14. Nov 16, 2005 #13


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    There is an option dialog in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Just switch it back to PF classic.

    IMO, the new skin is a bit too, I don't want to say "cheesy", but it is a bit too video game-ish for my likings. I actually like the kind of "all stainless steel" look of the new one. I think it's the buttons and small icons that turn me off. I also like the old forum banner more. All in all though, both skins make this site look much, much better than other forums I have seen.
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  15. Nov 16, 2005 #14
    For new visitors, the default skin IMO should be the old one. They can switch to the new one if they want later. However for a serious engineer/scientist coming here for the first time, the new screen could be a major turn off.
  16. Nov 16, 2005 #15
    This has been noted a few times, which elements exactly make it look like a gaming forum? Also some say space age, if you could do the same and describe which elements give you this feel? I have a certain feeling that there is one element that makes everyone feel this way and I want to see if I'm right. I don't think it's the site header nor the buttons if you consider them independently. Anyway please describe and we can go from there.
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  17. Nov 16, 2005 #16


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    The new skin reminded me of that old game Invader (or Invaders from Mars) - perhaps it is the icons.

    The new skin is fine, but I like simple and the old one is fine with me. I don't really go for fancy - but that's just me. :smile:
  18. Nov 16, 2005 #17


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    That's an interesting comment actually, since my bf's first reaction to the site was that it would be a good skin for a gaming forum. I think it is the 3D nature of the buttons/boxes that make it have that look. And the header definately would account for the space age feel.
  19. Nov 16, 2005 #18
    I think it's the green and those little stars and such. It looks good though.
  20. Nov 16, 2005 #19


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    It's definitely loading slower for me, and feels chunkier when I scroll down. I am on a 28.8 modem though.

    I don't like the animated banner. It looks pretty but I prefer as minimalist a layout as I can get. The menu at the top right (wth "Home", "User CP", etc.). Is touching my scrollbar. I have bad aim.

    The thick black lines around the buttons and the border thing that appears around every 15 posts makes it look like a gaming forum to me. I actually like the look around the buttons, but the "quote" button on every post really jumps out compared to the text of the messages. The border thing looks like a stretched face at the top, the blue dealies on the left and the right the eyes- very video gamish.

    I do like the colours though, it's easy on the eyes and nice and simple.
  21. Nov 16, 2005 #20


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    It looks like a spaceship, the spaceship of physics. Fire the phasers...
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