ATS 2010 - Part Three - Dark Meat or Light Meat?

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posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:29 AM
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As we prepare for a massive overhaul of the entire ATS site design and significant portions of the core code, a burning question remains for our members... dark versus light.

While there are many good reasons (most from your optometrist) to display light-gray text on a dark-gray background for text-heavy content on a computer screen, the fact remains that our eyes/brain have been trained since soon-after birth to recognize black text on white (or near-white) paper.

(Setting aside the "just make a light/dark selection option" argument for now.)


In an ideal world, one visual design standard is the best solution, rather than rely on people finding and selecting an alternative. So with that in mind, here are two representations of an opening post within the partial framework of new design (as you'll see, the core structure of thread content is relatively unchanged). If you could choose to pick one version for your many hours on ATS, which would it be?


The Dark Meat
1050 wide by 1080 high image at 200k


The Light Meat

1050 wide by 1080 high image at 220k


Thank you.


 


EDIT TO ADD:

Pay no attention to the green profile buttons at the bottom of the post area.


[edit on 2-12-2010 by SkepticOverlord]




posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:35 AM
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i would choose the top one because it doesn't hurt my eyes, however its hard to see the green at the bottom.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:39 AM
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Dark please. Can I have the vegetarian option tho?



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:39 AM
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I second the above post

-E-



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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I loved reading stuff with a white background. it just seems unpleasant to read on a dark background.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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i prefer the "dark meat" image mainly because it's by far easier on the eyes, which is important since a lot of the members are on here for a very very long time.

So i vote for the Darker one 100%



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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For my old eyes DARK MEAT, baby.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:41 AM
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Definitely the 'light meat' for me. It's much easier for me to read.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:42 AM
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Dark like my soul.

2nd line - got any pets I can eat?



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:42 AM
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Dark baby..dark all the way...



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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A good thread for a poll system...

Definitely the Dark Meat option.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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I have no preference. Light seems to make my room glow in the evening, Dark does not. Either option is fine.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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As one who started out disliking the 'Dark Side', I now prefer it and never use the 'Light Side' any longer.

I vote dark.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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dark meat.
I'm a thigh man.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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I think the lighter one gives better contrast.
Perhaps you should poll optometritists to ask which is the better as far as least eye strain. They should be able to give you an "expert" opinion.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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I prefer dark and it makes ATS different from most forums in appearance....all shades are muted rather than garish. I guess whatever happens, it's impossible to please everyone.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:43 AM
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I also prefer the top version. I have gotten so used to it that I find I get a headache very quickly now when I read text heavy messages on boards that have black text on a light background. The dark background with the light grey text is soothing for my eyes and is less likely to give me a headache just for looking at it.

Take care,
Cindi



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:44 AM
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Explanation: I prefer the Dark Meat version!


Personal Disclosure: The green text at bottom requires some anti-aliasing with a border or shadows like the green text at top of the screen shot!



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:44 AM
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Light meat - absolutely.

Light on dark REALLY hurts my eyes.



posted on Feb, 12 2010 @ 10:45 AM
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I don't know, I don't know.....all these questions....aaaagggghhhh





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