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Users familiar with the site would have noticed a significant change in site layout over the last two months, however, on 26 April 2011, the site has had the largest revamp in general look and feel yet. This is not a sudden decision, and I've been working on it for a few weeks over here, and the change has been applied following positive and constructive comments by active members of the community. Application of the new skin is such that aesthetics, editing and navigational functionalities should be much improved, but it can and will be reversed if community consensus is negative.
This outlines all the major changes from what users are familiar to. The column on the left is the new layout, the column on the right is the familiar one.
|Most of the feature changes in one screen capture||The main screen that we're all used to|
|The top header area.
|The old top header area|
|Wikia Navigational panel
|The old Navigational panel|
|Topbar Dropdown panel
|The old Dropdown panel|
|The floating footer toolbar available to registered users
|The old floating footer toolbar. The original color for users should be pink. The red coloration was from my personal CSS.|
|The new sidebar
|The old sidebar|
|Edit summary box
|The old Edit summary box
Note: The minor edit and follow checkboxes exist for registered users, but this screen capture was taken when I was logged out
|The old user area|
Other changes not listed:
*The main background has been changed (duh =P). It does not scroll with the screen. Supports up to 1920x1080 resolution
Oopsies for the disallowed changes. Sorry Mr. Fuzzy, MtaÄ. Still, if users liked the feature, feel free to add the code from the first window into your personal js page. If you don't know how, talk to me on my talk page.
These are all the major changes. There are other border/color tweaks, but these are not significant enough to be mentioned here but they are still important in achieving the final effect. This article will be linked to the main page temporarily, so users can:
- Comment on the change (whether you'd like it reversed or to stay)
- Features that can be improved
- Your feelings about it. E.g. Too messy? Just right? Warm? things like that.
Again, the testbed for the new skin here outlines the thought processes behind it. Note that it is a testbed for the background, and it does not contain all the features (namely the script-added buttons) listed here.
Finally, thanks for your feedback, and have a lovely day!
23:32, April 26, 2011 (UTC)