How would you feel about changing the look of the Wiki a little? I feel the background image in combination with the transparent background can be fairly distracting at times. A solid background would make for better reading I think and the background image can be something more customized. If you're up for changing the looks, would you want to keep the black/green colorscheme we have going on now or something else entirely? I was looking through the Wikia themes and thought the 'Police' theme had a nice color scheme to start working with.
I kind of like theme how it is. I never really liked the Police theme. I could change the background to make it less distracting. I think I still have some old Oddworld backgrounds that should fix the problem.
I still think the theme really needs to be redone to improve the overall look of the wiki. I've done some tinkering with colors and such and made a mockup of a new style and a new fairly neutral but deeper background. Removed the transparency and changed the colors to be a little easier on the eyes. Links are more easily identified and readability in general is improved.
I do still think the transparency needs to go at the very least, it really doesn't help readability and that's what the ultimate goal of a wiki is, no? Lots of reading :). Let me know what you think. Of course the colors are up for debate but I think this combination strikes a pretty nice balance.
All done. The background image is somewhat of an issue, since the upload limit is only 300kb which is really really tiny for a background this detailed. I had to get creative with lowering the resolution and cutting parts of it away. I'll ask Wikia if we can have a larger image. Until then this will have to do.
I have the background used on the actual website and it actual works pretty well. I kind of liked the purple I picked out. It was like the original Oddworld website type of purple. Maybe we can try a black background for text too. The brown-ish one is hard to look at.
Purple on black really isn't a very good combination. Makes it look very outdated (there's a reason Oddworld.com doesn't use that color scheme anymore). I think the goldish/brownish look is pretty good. It looks fresh and clean and easy on the eyes. Not sure why you think it's hard to look at?
Do you mean the large brown boxes on talk pages and such? Because then yeah I would agree those need to be a different color, but they seem to be influenced by the button color =/ Maybe there's a CSS trick to work around that, I'd have to look into that. The top menu bar and edit buttons and such looked pretty good in gold/brown if you ask me.
As for the background, I think it's good for now. It's not really noticeable (at least on my screen) unless you look at the top or bottom. I'll as Wikia to put the original larger file there and we'll see how they respond.
Yeah the button color was what was bothering me. I guess we could try the gold but, I'll try to adjust it so that it doesn't pop out too much. As for the background on my end, there are two large vertical black bars on both sides of the center but, that's probably because I wider monitor. I think I made a template for backgrounds with borders to show how much image is needed on both sides to keep the black center from showing. I'll try to find it (hopefully it wasn't lost when my hard drive got corrupted back in April).
I think I found what you meant on the community wikia, some sort of template right? I've asked around and someone was nice enough to make an alternative compressed version of our background which I've just uploaded. Does that solve some of the issues you were having?
Sadly I haven't gotten an official response yet, just being able to use the full image would solve the entire problem.
Okay, well I've uploaded a compressed version of the full image now. It actually doesn't look as bad as I expected it would, so I guess that works for now. If we ever get a chance to use a higher quality file in the future we'll certainly do that, though.
I've been contemplating turning the 'classic' wiki talk pages back on instead of the current commenting system. My experience with other Wiki's taught me that those make discussions (such as this one) more organized. These commenting chains can quickly get a bit lengthy, especially if there's more discussions on the same page. There's also a forum module that I'd like to enable to allow for more casual discussion in general.
That's also true. Part of me doesn't want to go back to signing posts again. Lot's of people for to do that. You don't get notifications to replies using the old talk style. I don't remember there being notifications in the activity feed for Talk posts either.
I'm pretty reluctant to reverting back to the old style. How active the Comment section gets really depends on where you're looking but, here, the comments have been pretty active with relevant topics in comparison to bigger wikis like MLP, FNAF, etc.