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What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Roxanne S. on December 25th 2011, 7:15 am

First topic message reminder :

Hi,

The title says it all, what's better? Well, if you're going to answer that it depends on your opinion, please don't answer that, okay? What my point here, really, is to ask forumotion members what theme is better for forums.

Let's see, if a forum is where you can speak your mind and read/write your opinions, it's a gotta be a light theme right? So that it won't be hard to read.
But if you like more design, and a bit modern, you'll choose a dark theme.

So it's your pick, what's better? Dark or Light Theme? Smile

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Legolas on November 24th 2013, 5:07 pm

Hello,
For a forum it's better a theme changer for users. Wink

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Luffy on November 24th 2013, 5:10 pm

i think a light theme its better because the dark ones make members wanna go early!! Very Happy

(this notice is a conclusion of 10 friends of mine which 8 of them told me that light themes are better!! Very Happy)






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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by runawayhorses on November 24th 2013, 5:26 pm

@Legolas wrote:Hello,
For a forum it's better a theme changer for users. Wink
Yeah theme changers are cool, but you're asking the posters to care enough to make a conscience decision to change the theme, Someone being interested is a presumption the designer can make and be mistaken about. That's not to say its not a cool feature and awesome option, but some people are gonna view it as over-the-top and a little too self-involved.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by elle shadowalker on November 24th 2013, 7:17 pm

Rideem3 wrote:It depends on the subject of the forum.
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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by perfectSTORM! on November 24th 2013, 10:54 pm

I think that it depends on what your forum is about, like say if you had a roleplay forum, then the theme varies depending on the Plot of the roleplay.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Matt23 on December 24th 2013, 6:37 pm

I think it depends on what you are doing.

Light forum is much easier to read and use in my opinion.

Dark forum is nice because most custom forums are dark.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Guest on December 28th 2013, 10:37 pm

I think it really depends on the type of forum and what the maker thinks looks best FOR the forums. I've seen some Zelda forums that are totaly different in designs that (in my opinion) went well with the sites specific name. Other forums that I had seen (again in my own opinion) basically lacked good backgrounds, but they made up for that in basic content.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Kaizer Lee on December 28th 2013, 10:48 pm

IMO, dark themes are for gaming forums while white themes are for professional forums. Multi-colored themes are for those gallery types of forums or for advertisements.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Selvester on December 29th 2013, 7:49 am

For me... I have always been partial to a dark theme. I just always seem to have trouble creating a light theme that actually works I guess. Dark is just easier for me... As it has been mentioned though it kind of depends on the forum. If I go with a light one though... Well it just has to be really well done I guess.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by mikestang746 on July 1st 2014, 11:13 am

I vote for light themes.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by robesz87 on August 3rd 2014, 9:48 pm

It depends on the time of day. Wink

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by zoltan100 on August 5th 2014, 9:39 am

Dark, of course:)





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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by intoxicatedwithdesire on August 24th 2014, 10:14 am

dark

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by elle shadowalker on November 12th 2014, 11:22 am

Depends on what kind of forum it is, I guess both Smile

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Sonikku1011 on November 14th 2014, 1:47 am

I think it depends on the niche of the forum myself. While I prefer dark themes over light themes, I don't think a promotional forum needs a dark theme. A mixed theme would be fine, but I think dark themes fit gaming forums and other forums based around different franchises or roleplaying forums.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by rain shimatori on November 14th 2014, 5:42 pm

I prefer dark themes because it show the concept of the Light better. If you understand what I mean.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by SophieDophs on November 15th 2014, 1:22 am

Light every time. Dark themes are heavy on the eyes, especially if one has been using computers all day - the last thing we want to do is squint at a dark theme to try and read the text and have image burn of the text lines in our retinas! If I hop on a site that has a dark theme, I just hop right off again. Can't be bothered to strain my eyes so can't be bothered with forums like that.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Guest on November 15th 2014, 1:52 am

I don't think that one is better than the other--some people happen to like light based themes and some people happen to like dark based themes. I think what is important is trying to find some middle ground and giving the members of your board what they want. If you run a poll, you can find out if the majority of the members prefer light or dark and give as many members what they wish for.

Additionally, if you have a back up forum, there is coding that you can do to provide both themes and allow members to select which one they use. Either way, what matters is that your members are happy. =) I use a dark theme, because after a poll, almost all of them preferred a dark theme.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by Rhino.Freak on December 9th 2014, 12:42 pm

whoa!!!! seriously when did Light became more popular than Dark?
UNACCEPTABLE!

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by TMV on December 11th 2014, 9:10 pm

I wouldn't recommend anything too light or too dark. I have received complaints in the past when I used settings that were extreme on either side of the scale. Another time, I used something colorful (more to the neon side), and one user said that the theme hurt his eyes. My recommendation is to choose a theme that uses a pleasant color scheme with only two or three colors used consistently at different brightness levels and to keep it at a moderate brightness.

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by SLGray on December 11th 2014, 9:57 pm

I would create a poll my forum and give the members a chance to vote for their favorite themes.


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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by JScript on December 11th 2014, 10:04 pm

You must remember that there are people like me that are color blind and strong and dark colors are not pleasant!

Forums with high power of persuasion are mostly ligth themes ...

That's just my opinion,

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Re: What's Better for A Forum, Dark or Light Theme?

Post by abissos on December 29th 2014, 11:42 am

dark themes are cooler. but the most readable are definitely the light ones. i choose both.

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