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PostPosted: Fri Apr 1, '11, 1:14 am 
As part of our 14th anniversary celebration, I am happy to present a blast from the past in the form of RetroDark. This new community style features a design based on the main look Fringes of Algo sported prior to 2007.

When the site relaunched in March 2007 at, Fringes was updated with a new, heavily red design. One of the motivations for this was that several smaller sites had copied the previous design, leaving Fringes without a unique look to call our own. The RedStars style was something new and refreshing. Now that we have a well established community identity once again, it is time for the older design to make a well deserved return in the form of RetroDark.

RetroDark is based largely on the title of Phantasy Star II and, as the name suggests, features darker colors than our blue or red styles. It has a lot of dark gray and black backgrounds contrasting with primarily white text.

To test drive RetroDark, visit the Board preferences page of your User Control Panel and select it from the "My board style" list. You can switch back to the blue or red styles at any time by selecting those from the same list.

Viewing RetroDark as intended requires a fairly modern web browser, such as Firefox 3 or 4, Chrome, or Internet Explorer 9. Older browsers (including Internet Explorer 8) are not able to view some of RetroDark's advanced features. The style will be functional in these browsers, but will not look as good.

You may find that default post colors being used by some members make text in their posts difficult to read on the darker backgrounds of RetroDark. If that is the case, you can disable these default post colors by changing the "Display default post formatting" setting in the User Control Panel > Board preferences > Edit display options page.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 1, '11, 5:57 am 
RetroDark is awesome! I see also what you mean by people copied it. Honestly this is pretty epic though I wouldn't mind seeing a mix between this and the new style. I think it would look cool!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 1, '11, 1:13 pm 
It's a neat theme! Only problem is this - dark colored text is really difficult to read in this theme. I can barely read Atlin's post above.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 1, '11, 6:13 pm 
I'm changing my font right now to correct that.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 1, '11, 11:15 pm 
Yeah, some post colors won't work well on both light and dark themes. That's just a peril of having alternate themes with vastly different colors. We do have the individual option to turn off those colors, though. It's not a perfect solution, but the ability is there if it's needed.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 2, '11, 3:40 am 
PS II!!! It looks awesome!!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 2, '11, 3:49 am 
Okay I just tried it, and I must say this RetroDark is really cool. I love the little Motherbrains on the Boards section of the site. :D

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