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[personal profile] miss_s_b
More than one person yesterday mentioned a dislike of my colour scheme. The word "Geocities" was uttered. I am not unaware that everywhere else on the internet is bright white with lots of free space, and that my colour scheme might be seen as undesirable, so I thought I ought to explain (especially for non-LJ/DW users) why it is as it is:

If you use Dreamwidth (or any other code fork of LJ) your blog is not just your blog; it is also a social network and an RSS reader. Look up at the top right of any page on my blog, you'll see "what I am reading" - it does what it says on the link. It is my reading page.

If, like me, you suffer from crippling migraines, which can easily be triggered by looking at lots of bright white screens, this is a positive boon. It means that you can set up your style to be as restful and brain-kind as possible for you and it doesn't matter for any other DW or LJ user, because they have done the same. Dark purple on black, for me, means I can spend a lot, lot longer looking at the screen before it starts to hurt. I always have twitter/tweetdeck on Night Mode when I look at it, and Lib Dem Voice has a dark theme because I asked for it; pretty much every other blog or website I read regularly, I read on my reading page here.

However, I am aware that lots of people really like looking at bright white screens, and find them much easier to read. If this is you, you can add "?style=light" to the end of any url on Dreamwidth (not just my blog, any Dreamwidth url) to get a black text on white screen colour scheme. It makes the landing page of my blog look like this. And, as [personal profile] sfred points out below, if you're a Dreamwidth user yourself, you can add "?style=mine" and everything looks absolutely optimal for your own preferences!

I hope that helps :)

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 10:34 am (UTC)
sfred: Me, with curly hair, looking serious (Default)
From: [personal profile] sfred
...and if you're a Dreamwidth user yourself, you can add "?style=mine" and everything looks absolutely optimal for your own preferences!

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 10:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] makamu
I was aware of this code, but I just wanted to thank you for making your blog so welcoming to DW newbies :)

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] makamu
Oh, I can only imagine what it's like when you are a refugee from a more mainstream social network.

BTW: Icon love!

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
hunningham: Beautiful colourful pears (Default)
From: [personal profile] hunningham
Go to http://www.dreamwidth.org/manage/settings/?cat=display and there's an option for "When viewing journals (including yours), use this style"

Lets you override the default theme for all journals, all the time. The only way I see your preferred style is if I'm logged out.

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brithistorian
Apparently I had already done that "always view in my style" thing that [personal profile] hunningham was talking about and then forgot that I had done it. I turned it off for a while so I could see your journal in your style. You've got nowhere near enough flashing text and animated gifs to approach a Geocities aesthetic! (And even if you did, screw anyone who talks smack about it.)

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 01:31 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: just put my brain in a blender and hit puree (feelings pureed brain)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
For me, dark on dark triggers migraines because of the eyestrain of trying to differentiate the letters - but I'm a long-term user of the site and I know the workarounds! :) Everything is style=mined and in the soothing gray background and black text that works for me. Mmmm, customization and individualized solutions. (I forget exactly what I did. Some ticky in the journal customization setup. It was years ago and I have forgotten about it by now unless I think really, really hard.)

I really do love format=light and style=mine, though. They're so useful! Especially for the people that love to hard-code the fonts in their journal posts.

Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
You are awesome.

Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 05:56 am (UTC)
savvyliterate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] savvyliterate
I actually really like your journal layout. The purples and the black is quite nice.

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