As some of you may know, we have a Dark theme for the forum.
I tried that theme for a little while. Then I decided it wasn’t dark enough for me and made my own.
At first it was just a colour scheme. Or “lack of colour” scheme. It is essentially just grey, black and white with red for warnings and green for success.
That theme is now available as “Black/White Beta” Theme.
Compared to the default theme, the “Black/White Beta” features the old staff highlight style and has the fade when entering topics removed.
Some time later I had the time to do stuff with the theme to have it actually live up to the name. And over time, there have been quite a number of things done with it to match how I personally use the community. As such it may be an acquired taste.
That theme is the “Experimental” theme.
The differences between “Black and White theme” and “Experimental” are as follows:
Common (both desktop and mobile):
The scroll bar is grey on black background.
The visited topics on the home pages are darker.
The banner has a bloody V in it.
The banner has no dismiss button.
The latest, new, unread, top, categories, support and eve-tech.com links are removed from the hamburger menu.
Tags are hidden.
The line at the bottom of the screen is removed
The top menu also has a link to watched topics
The New Topic button uses material design (kind of).
The New Topic button in the category pages and the search page is removed.
The Header Search bar is aligned right instead of left.
The category breadcrumbs are removed.
The highlighted link to the current/ active home page is removed. Meaning, if you are on latest, latest will not show as an option.
The avatar is dimmed for all but the latest poster in a topic on the home pages.
The border and box shadow that appears if the first poster in a topic is also the latest is removed.
- The New Topic button is removed.
If any of these are unclear, I can provide screenshots clarifying them. Or you can try the theme and look for them.
This list may (will) change, but I will try to keep it as up to date as possible.
If there are things on “Experimental” that you would like to see on the other themes as well, do tell, and we can see about implementing them.
And if there are things you wonder why I have done as I have, feel free to ask. I have an explanation for all.
There is all this talk about themes. But how do you actually change your theme? Let me walk you through it:
Click the hamburger menu.
Select the theme you want from the third section.
If you want to set it as default on all your devices:
Click on your icon in the upper right corner of the screen
Select Preferences in the top right corner of the menu that pops up
Go to interface (link on the side on desktop, use the right drop down menu on mobile)
Select the theme you want to use from the drop down menu
Make sure the “Make this my default theme on all my devices” is checked.
Scroll down and click save
Or go to https://eve.community/my/preferences/interface and follow the last three points.
(I love that Discourse uses nice urls)