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What primary color scheme should SoylentNews have?

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Red, as the dev team hath provided for us by default, and the dev team doth roxx0rs
  26% 227 votes
Blue, because the dev team doth not know what is up
  25% 215 votes
Green, for yea, it is still a primary color and it is the best color
  14% 125 votes
Yellow, because I know the primary colors, thou insensitive clod, and when I did fingerpaint yellow was't one of them
0% 7 votes
Greyscale. As our forefathers and foremothers read the text, verily shall we do so
  15% 135 votes
A rainbow of flavors: similar to Skittles, but not exactly alike, as that doth be trademarked or something
  5% 44 votes
Other: I will'st provide specific feedback below, for thy poll sucks, thou insensitive clod
  3% 26 votes
Linus Torvalds' colored: I dost not know what color he is nor prefers, yet that is the color I seekest with all my heart
  8% 73 votes
852 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @12:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @12:48AM (#8181)

    Perhaps it'd be best if some examples were drawn up and then posted in a story, so we could see what the colour choices would be exactly, and what they would look like in the context of slashcode.

    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by CowboyTeal on Friday February 28 2014, @04:45AM

      by CowboyTeal (15) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:45AM (#8278)

      Well, I made this a while back and the people liked it but staff didn't since they wanted red.

      http://postimg.org/image/yr87k1ys7/ [postimg.org]

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      • (Score: 4, Interesting) by mrbluze on Friday February 28 2014, @11:33AM

        by mrbluze (49) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:33AM (#8423) Journal

        That is quite good, and I was half expecting to be bumping into you once I got onto the development side of things.

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      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by melikamp on Friday February 28 2014, @12:04PM

        by melikamp (1886) on Friday February 28 2014, @12:04PM (#8434) Journal
        This is perfect, use it. End communication.
      • (Score: 5, Funny) by samwichse on Friday February 28 2014, @02:36PM

        by samwichse (3189) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:36PM (#8511) Journal

        I vote CowboyTeal!

        • (Score: 0) by Taco Cowboy on Tuesday March 04 2014, @03:26AM

          by Taco Cowboy (3489) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @03:26AM (#10425)

          Please count my vote for Cowboy Teal's design !!

          Much easy for the eyss.

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by song-of-the-pogo on Friday February 28 2014, @04:03PM

        by song-of-the-pogo (1315) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:03PM (#8563) Homepage Journal

        I'm also going to throw my vote behind this (though in the poll I voted greyscale). It's clean and easy on the eyes. I'm fine with it not being that exact color, assuming a different color will still give the same overall impression of simple tidiness.

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      • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Yow on Friday February 28 2014, @07:03PM

        by Yow (1637) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:03PM (#8695)

        I'm not a fan of this color palette, but I appreciate your work

      • (Score: 5, Funny) by ticho on Friday February 28 2014, @11:24PM

        by ticho (89) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:24PM (#8881) Homepage Journal

        Not teal enough. Plz improve.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by mrcoolbp on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:41AM

        by mrcoolbp (68) <mrcoolbp@soylentnews.org> on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:41AM (#8912) Homepage

        I voted blue in the poll, and support this as well.

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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by bucc5062 on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:58AM

        by bucc5062 (699) on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:58AM (#8915)

        Yes...Oh God Yes!! Anything but this red. Okay, maybe not anything, but your color is SO MUCH BETTER. I think I'd take OMG Ponies (remember that) over this red. Yet, I still come back moment by moment for I've come to appreciate S/N over my long, but tragic relationship with .. well you know.

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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by cloying on Saturday March 01 2014, @08:10AM

        by cloying (91) on Saturday March 01 2014, @08:10AM (#9018)

        Yes I like this too. I voted green, but this is MUCH better than the current logo and colour combo.

        I think sometimes people forget that the best logos are simple text. no clever allusions, no fancy graphic.

        And thanks for getting this poll up, I actually voted on this one, more like this and a meaningful democratic community can grow..

        Together we can only get beta!

      • (Score: 1) by blackpaw on Saturday March 01 2014, @08:58AM

        by blackpaw (2554) on Saturday March 01 2014, @08:58AM (#9028) Journal

        +1
        Like it better than any of the other options.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:53PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:53PM (#9084)

        Stop searching! This is perfect!

      • (Score: 1) by blackest_k on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:26PM

        by blackest_k (2045) on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:26PM (#9094)

        I like it, enough contrast without hitting you in the face with it.

      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by crutchy on Sunday March 02 2014, @01:52PM

        by crutchy (179) on Sunday March 02 2014, @01:52PM (#9594) Homepage Journal

        Looks kinda newspaperish... lets use it!

      • (Score: 1) by omoc on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:56PM

        by omoc (39) on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:56PM (#9705)

        much more pleasant to the eye, this please :)

      • (Score: 1) by arlo5724 on Monday March 03 2014, @03:15AM

        by arlo5724 (510) on Monday March 03 2014, @03:15AM (#9885) Homepage

        This, please this!

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      • (Score: 1) by dyingtolive on Monday March 03 2014, @09:07PM

        by dyingtolive (952) on Monday March 03 2014, @09:07PM (#10232)

        This one, right here!

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      • (Score: 1) by gottabeme on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:09AM

        by gottabeme (1531) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:09AM (#10485)

        I really like this. Not really digging the red, especially the blood red we have now.

    • (Score: 5, Funny) by NamelessOne on Friday February 28 2014, @01:24PM

      by NamelessOne (3381) on Friday February 28 2014, @01:24PM (#8465)

      It would be best if you guys launched a beta in green so we can compare. Also make it more Web 3.0, make the text more spaced, remove the parent button, add some huge images... Oh wait.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @12:53AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @12:53AM (#8186)

    For, O mine God, ponies warmeth mine heart!

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by robp on Friday February 28 2014, @12:07PM

      by robp (3485) on Friday February 28 2014, @12:07PM (#8435)

      I second this. If not ponies, at least something pastel and bright.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by ikanreed on Friday February 28 2014, @05:14PM

      by ikanreed (3164) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:14PM (#8612)

      Honestly, without going as far as "pink", a softer or lighter version of this red layout might not be so harsh in the header fields.

      • (Score: 1) by crutchy on Sunday March 02 2014, @01:56PM

        by crutchy (179) on Sunday March 02 2014, @01:56PM (#9598) Homepage Journal

        Red wouldn't be too bad as a pastel. Gotta be real careful with dark colors. Make sure you use the accessibility color wheel and whatnot.

    • (Score: 1) by Kawumpa on Saturday March 01 2014, @09:21AM

      by Kawumpa (1187) on Saturday March 01 2014, @09:21AM (#9035)

      I strongly favour mauve.

    • (Score: 1) by jt on Sunday March 02 2014, @12:53PM

      by jt (2890) on Sunday March 02 2014, @12:53PM (#9562)

      Octarine - the colour of magic! And what would be more magic than ponies? OMG!

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by http on Friday February 28 2014, @01:02AM

    by http (1920) on Friday February 28 2014, @01:02AM (#8190)

    Don't fuss with little details. Getting the site operational is more important than getting gussied up for the cotillion. Things like, letting users set Comment Byte Limit to less than 128K. That works out to over 20,000 words, and I don't think anyone's coming here for a novella!

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    • (Score: 4, Funny) by Appalbarry on Friday February 28 2014, @02:06AM

      by Appalbarry (66) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:06AM (#8202) Journal

      20,000 words? What? Is Bennett Haselton here?

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by EvilJim on Friday February 28 2014, @03:01AM

        by EvilJim (2501) on Friday February 28 2014, @03:01AM (#8229) Journal

        god I hope not!

      • (Score: 4, Funny) by Bennett Haselton on Friday February 28 2014, @05:55AM

        by Bennett Haselton (3384) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:55AM (#8312)

        Who?

        • (Score: 1) by Yog-Yogguth on Friday February 28 2014, @07:03AM

          by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @07:03AM (#8344) Journal

          Ah I was wondering what the highest UID was and now I knew¹ —thank you :)

          ¹ Not an error.

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      • (Score: 3, Informative) by mcgrew on Friday February 28 2014, @12:36PM

        by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Friday February 28 2014, @12:36PM (#8444) Homepage Journal

        Indeed, so far Mars, Ho! is only eight thousand words, less than half of that has been posted here so far (see my journal) and there are three chapters posted (ch4 today).

        When asked how long a story should be, Mark Twain said "as long as it takes to tell the story and no more." Hasselton should heed Twain.

        Kind of related to what you said, I've been puzzling over "you should update your organization template and put some links here linking back to your site" at the bottom of the left hand column. What is that?

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    • (Score: 2) by Foobar Bazbot on Friday February 28 2014, @04:59AM

      by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:59AM (#8282) Journal

      As I understand it, that setting affects the total page, or at least all comments on it. (I think you're interpreting it as applying to each comment individually -- apologies if I've misunderstood.) There's another group of settings that applies a score modifier to long/short comments, and that can be used to push novellas below your threshold.

      Anyway, on a laptop or desktop, I do want all comments that meet my threshold displayed, no matter how many bytes that comes out to, because scrolling/collapsing (see my sig) is a much cheaper operation than loading a new page of comments.

      On my wristwatch (whence I'm posting this), I think I'm going to create a new account so I can have separate settings, because my normal settings I normally use mean way too much scrolling. But I expect I'll just increase the threshold and keep the limit at 1MiB... at least I'll try that, see how it works out.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @07:14AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @07:14AM (#8348)

        Maybe that script can be modified to auto-collapse/hide or display the title and one line of the start according to comment length or any other such variable? Then you won't need to mess with accounts.

        Ideas are free because they're lazy :)

        • (Score: 2) by Foobar Bazbot on Friday February 28 2014, @08:40AM

          by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:40AM (#8376) Journal

          Yeah, and I have thought of doing that (not just for the watch, also for its general utility), but:

          1. I didn't write the script, just tweaked a couple lines to get rid of errors and make it work on SN -- easy enough, but substantial investment of effort is involved to go any further, as then I have to actually read/understand the whole code.
          2. I haven't yet figured a way to run it on my watch (MOTOACTV, runs Android) -- Opera is the only browser I know works well on the tiny screen, and the android version doesn't do userscripts. I know there's an android browser (Oilcan or something) that's got a userscript engine built-in, but I haven't gotten around to trying that yet.

          In fact, my vision for the userscript, if I do get around to understanding and tinkering, is for it to at least support showing/hiding based on score (so you set your slashcode threshold to -1 so everything loads, then let the script auto-collapse everything below your actual threshold, which only the script knows about). Possibly also implement an "abbreviated" state (more-or-less like D2), and in that case, paying attention to comment lengths is essential -- it's stupid to show a 3-line comment abbreviated to 2 lines, and it may be desirable to abbreviate wall-o-text posts, even if they're above the threshold, to 10 lines or so. I'm also thinking about text size/color/etc. to deemphasize low-score comments without collapsing them completely.

          It's so much easier to fantasize about UI tweaks than work on them...

          • (Score: 2) by mrbluze on Friday February 28 2014, @11:36AM

            by mrbluze (49) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:36AM (#8424) Journal

            Good suggestions. As per IRC discussions I'm hoping we can do this with a minimal of JS and as much with CSS as possible, so that a JS-free browser will be quite usable, but for bells and whistles JS appears necessary.

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    • (Score: 1) by gottabeme on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:13AM

      by gottabeme (1531) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:13AM (#10486)

      Yes, but. Yes the functionality is more important, but the color scheme is the most (I don't like this word, but) impactful visual feature of the site. It will turn some people away who can't stand the color.

      There are plenty of people in the community who can do colors and themes and styles, so let them! The idea that the code has to be done before the styles is a false dichotomy. We can do both at the same time; we have the technology.

      I actually think that the current theme may be significantly reducing the user base, because this dried-blood red color is not really very pleasant.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by rumata on Friday February 28 2014, @01:14AM

    by rumata (2034) on Friday February 28 2014, @01:14AM (#8194)

    I reckon the team has better things to do than fiddling with colour schemes (where there will never be any consensus, ever).

    Cheers,
    Michael

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by clone141166 on Friday February 28 2014, @02:19AM

      by clone141166 (59) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:19AM (#8208)

      I agree, wouldn't a better solution be to (at some point in the future when everything else more critical works) provide a profile option to let users choose the colour scheme they prefer. Thus supporting the "rainbow of flavours" poll option.

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @02:56AM

        by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:56AM (#8227)

        See this [soylentnews.org] thread. I'm sure it's still possible, eventually.

        • (Score: 2) by clone141166 on Friday February 28 2014, @03:04AM

          by clone141166 (59) on Friday February 28 2014, @03:04AM (#8231)

          Thanks SMI, I didn't realise there were technical limitations behind supporting multiple colour schemes simultaneously.

          • (Score: 5, Informative) by lgsoynews on Friday February 28 2014, @02:06PM

            by lgsoynews (1235) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:06PM (#8496)

            I think the easiest way is to modify your style-sheet. For a basic example, using the extension "Stylish" in Firefox, I added that :

                .commentTop .title h4 {    background-color: blue ; }

            The result: an ugly blue for the comment titles (tested on the current page).

            I'm a heavy user of Stylish, and -to a smaller extent- Greasemonkey. In some cases, I've almost completely modified the UI of some tools (Redmine for instance), to make them more usable. It's amazing what one can do with those tools. I modified Redmine so heavily that my colleagues did not recognize it at once. For instance, I added small icons for each of the people who worked with me (using inline -base64- images).

            The only pb is that the site must use CSS in a clever way. Some sites don't and it's painful to change elements, sometimes you have to use the full access path, ouch! And when anything changes in the CSS, agh!

            BTW this is how I minimized the pain of the Beta version of a site that shall remain nameless :-)

            Given that most (all) people here are quite technical, this could be an efficient intermediate solution. We could even have an area with the schemes downloadable as CSS user-styles...

            • (Score: 2) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @08:17PM

              by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:17PM (#8740)

              Thank you very much, you introduced me to the solution that I was looking for. Instead of changing SN itself, we should change the way that our browsers display it. That gives everyone the theme-ability without any legal complications for SN. After reading your comment and poking around a bit, I'm now using Stylish [mozilla.org] with one [userstyles.org] of the color schemes available on userstyles.org [userstyles.org].

              • (Score: 1) by Ryuugami on Monday March 03 2014, @08:14AM

                by Ryuugami (2925) on Monday March 03 2014, @08:14AM (#9947)

                Thank you for that color scheme link, I was thinking of writing a style myself, but didn't yet get around to it.

                Seems to require a few tweaks (from my POV, green on red is NOT a good combination for a title - or almost anywhere, for that matter), but it's a decent starting point.

                As for the poll, I voted green - with a name like "Soylent", it seemed natural. With the Other Site switching over to white, soon enough there wouldn't be any confusion anyway :) Though a different shade would probably be a good idea.

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            • (Score: 1) by FakeBeldin on Saturday March 01 2014, @02:37PM

              by FakeBeldin (3360) on Saturday March 01 2014, @02:37PM (#9124) Journal

              I just tried in Firefox (inspect element), setting background-color to #004488;
              That's starting to look in a direction I'd like even better than the current red. (Yes I voted blue ;-)

              • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:40AM

                by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:40AM (#9494) Journal

                I just tried it and found I don't like that blue ;-) However playing a bit with the colours I found #aa9933 gives a nice green which is far enough from the Slashdot green that I doubt it would generate any trademark problems.

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                • (Score: 1) by FakeBeldin on Wednesday March 05 2014, @01:27PM

                  by FakeBeldin (3360) on Wednesday March 05 2014, @01:27PM (#11309) Journal

                  I tried your color, and I'm pretty sure our monitors happen to fall on different ends of the calibration spectrum.
                  Which indicates a problem: how to pick a color that looks acceptable on most default-calibrated monitors?

                  (For simplicity's sake, we can reduce it to "looking acceptable on both Maxwell demon's monitor and on FakeBeldin's monitor)

        • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Friday February 28 2014, @12:41PM

          by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Friday February 28 2014, @12:41PM (#8447) Homepage Journal

          I guess I'd have to look at the underlying code, but couldn't there be a variable chosen by the user, held in a cookie, that would point to the right stylesheet? Why would it need separate instances of Apache?

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          • (Score: 2) by Khyber on Sunday March 02 2014, @04:05AM

            by Khyber (54) on Sunday March 02 2014, @04:05AM (#9384) Journal

            What cluster-fuckery is it that one can't just put a simple hexadecimal color identifier in their preferences section?

            If you need to spawn multiple instances of Apache to handle something so basic and fucking trivial, that section of code needs to be abandoned ENTIRELY.

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            • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Sunday March 02 2014, @02:45PM

              by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Sunday March 02 2014, @02:45PM (#9616) Homepage
              That would probably be the entire code base - have you peeked within?

              Perhaps |. had the right idea - slashcode was the one which was designed to throw away.
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      • (Score: 1) by EvilJim on Friday February 28 2014, @03:03AM

        by EvilJim (2501) on Friday February 28 2014, @03:03AM (#8230) Journal

        good idea, I didn't like the red when I first came here but it's grown on me now, so not necessary to change it but letting users pick there own would make everyone happy.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @03:43AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @03:43AM (#8247)

          Make everyone happy except the control freaks and busybodies, yes.

    • (Score: 1) by quitte on Friday February 28 2014, @08:06AM

      by quitte (306) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:06AM (#8366) Journal

      Is there consensus about the smiley being horrible? I don't know what to do to make it good but changing the yellow to transparent would be an improvement at least.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by zocalo on Friday February 28 2014, @09:39AM

      by zocalo (302) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:39AM (#8391)
      I'm all for red by default too, although if the team want to make different CSS styles available, that's their call. My reasoning is that while Soylent Green might be more traditional, we currently have Soylent Red, Slashdot Green, and Pipedot Blue, so between the three sites we have the three colours that make up a display pixel. It's a small thing, but it's still kind of cool.
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      • (Score: 2) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @07:22PM

        by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:22PM (#8706)

        I'm glad you pointed that out. :)

      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @09:09AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @09:09AM (#9033)

        The green pixel is dead. Netcraft should be confirming it soon.

    • (Score: 1) by tangomargarine on Friday February 28 2014, @04:51PM

      by tangomargarine (667) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:51PM (#8589)

      I'm wondering if anybody else is seeing the sort of inherent symbolism in the current color scheme.

      "The Other Site" is green, i.e., "full speed ahead on Beta and damn the torpedoes!"

      Soylent is red, i.e., "don't fix the interface if it ain't broke."

      :-)

      P.S: Can anybody explain why no matter which post setting I pick, my html paragraphs get collapsed together anyway? p and br tags are completely ignored :(

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      • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:13AM

        by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:13AM (#8984) Journal

        This is a
        two-line paragraph.

        This is
        another one.

        Seems to work correctly for me (setting Plain Old Text).

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        • (Score: 1) by tangomargarine on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:29AM

          by tangomargarine (667) on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:29AM (#9422)

          It enforces the paragraph spacing, which is too thin to my eyes. I want to insert a <br> between paragraphs but it strips it out.

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          • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday March 02 2014, @09:06AM

            by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @09:06AM (#9466) Journal

            This is a paragraph

             

            This is another one.

            Seems to work for me as well. Here's the source:

            <p>This is a paragraph</p><br><p>This is another one.</p>

            Maybe you used an XHTML <br/> instead of an HTML <br>?

            Anyway, your actual complaint doesn't seem to be that the br tag doesn't work, but that the paragraph spacing is too small.

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            • (Score: 1) by tangomargarine on Monday March 03 2014, @03:01PM

              by tangomargarine (667) on Monday March 03 2014, @03:01PM (#10061)

              Why would XHTML cause it to stop working? o_O

              There are 10 <br>s between these paragraphs.

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    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:05AM

      by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:05AM (#8982) Journal

      What about an user option? Just have a text box that allows to enter a colour code (like #008000 or #0000ff), and then that colour and variations of it (mixing that colour with appropriate amounts of black or white) are used for that user.

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    • (Score: 1) by gottabeme on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:16AM

      by gottabeme (1531) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:16AM (#10488)

      This is a silly false dichotomy. There are plenty of people in the community who can work on colors and styles and themes. Let them! Then the templates can be switched at the push of a button.

      This is as bad as people complaining that the DayZ standalone is getting new cosmetic items while zombies aren't perfect yet. There are people who are good at each thing, and they're all doing their thing! It's not an either/or, nor is it a first/then.

      If you really like this color so much, just say so. Personally, I'm not a fan of dried-blood red for a primary color.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by clone141166 on Friday February 28 2014, @02:15AM

    by clone141166 (59) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:15AM (#8206)

    I thought the site was already green? I'm colour blind you insensitive clod!

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by hash14 on Friday February 28 2014, @06:42AM

      by hash14 (1102) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @06:42AM (#8330)

      Wow, a 'you insensitive clod' option that's actually relevant... I thought it would never happen!

      • (Score: 1) by Kawumpa on Saturday March 01 2014, @09:25AM

        by Kawumpa (1187) on Saturday March 01 2014, @09:25AM (#9036)

        I "Insensitive Clod" as a moderation option!!11oneeleven

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @02:21AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @02:21AM (#8209)

    Please learn some grammar. This poll hurts us.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @02:25AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @02:25AM (#8210)

    I don't think it's a coincidence [wikipedia.org] that That Other Site is blue.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Foobar Bazbot on Friday February 28 2014, @05:54AM

      by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:54AM (#8311) Journal

      Coincidence or not, when half the bloody internet is blue for the same reason, it starts to be associated less with relaxation and more with websites designed by psychomarketing professionals for their audience.

      Shall our noble soylent join them? I say nay!

      • (Score: 5, Interesting) by hemocyanin on Friday February 28 2014, @09:16PM

        by hemocyanin (186) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @09:16PM (#8784)

        "If you can't make it good, make it blue."

        Years ago, so I can't give a citation to DVD, I watched all of ST Next Generation in a row (I had just gotten a Netflix account). On one of the discs there was interview with some of the people who did special effects, and they had a saying. If you can't make it good, make it blue.

      • (Score: 1) by allsorts46 on Saturday March 01 2014, @11:21PM

        by allsorts46 (574) on Saturday March 01 2014, @11:21PM (#9275) Homepage

        Blue? It's green!

    • (Score: 1) by tangomargarine on Friday February 28 2014, @04:55PM

      by tangomargarine (667) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:55PM (#8593)

      Er...unless you're talking about a different "The Other Site" than I've been assuming this whole time, no it's not...

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Mykl on Friday February 28 2014, @02:52AM

    by Mykl (1112) on Friday February 28 2014, @02:52AM (#8223)

    ...as in "Soylent Green"!

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by pmontra on Friday February 28 2014, @07:27AM

      by pmontra (1175) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:27AM (#8352)

      Done [github.com].

      I think that gray, blue and green are the only colors that don't tire the eyes. Gray is boring, blue is financial, green is what we're left with.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by RobotMonster on Friday February 28 2014, @10:18AM

      by RobotMonster (130) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:18AM (#8398) Journal

      Yeah, i agree -- if the name remains Soylent, then a nicely muted green seems like the only choice.

      • (Score: 2) by Sir Garlon on Friday February 28 2014, @07:01PM

        by Sir Garlon (1264) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:01PM (#8694)

        There was also mention of Soylent Red in the movie. But Soylent Red wasn't made of people.

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        • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Saturday March 01 2014, @05:12PM

          by TheRaven (270) on Saturday March 01 2014, @05:12PM (#9164) Journal
          Wasn't it? I don't think we ever know that for certain, only that green was. The composition of the other foodstuffs was unspecified.
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    • (Score: 1) by jt on Sunday March 02 2014, @12:20AM

      by jt (2890) on Sunday March 02 2014, @12:20AM (#9290)

      'Cowboy Teal' would be appropriate too.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by unitron on Friday February 28 2014, @03:08AM

    by unitron (70) on Friday February 28 2014, @03:08AM (#8233) Journal

    But he seems to have added a lot more green to what was an excellent shade of blue a few days ago, so now I must go chastise him.

     

    Right after I make sure it's not my monitor going all wonky, like everything else around here lately.

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    • (Score: 1) by Geotti on Saturday March 01 2014, @02:17AM

      by Geotti (1146) on Saturday March 01 2014, @02:17AM (#8934) Journal

      I second that color scheme. Or just give us options to select our preferred CSS.

      unitron, are you viewing |. in lynx? It's all blueish for me over there.

      • (Score: 2) by unitron on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:28PM

        by unitron (70) on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:28PM (#9095) Journal

        When I first noticed the blue at pipedot was the other day when he did the story about the pipedot news feed, and that was in Chrome.

        Currently it's just about the same color in Chrome, Firefox, and Pale Moon, with the two Mozillas being just a little bit lighter, but all of them a whole lot more green than what I saw the other day.

        This is all on XP on an HP vs17e on which all the other colors seem to have remained the same as they've been all along ever since I saved it from the garbage man and capacitor plague.

        What I saw the other day was a lot closer to Carolina Blue than Duke Blue, but not as bright and with a whisper of red added.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Calculagator on Friday February 28 2014, @03:08AM

    by Calculagator (1872) on Friday February 28 2014, @03:08AM (#8234)

    I voted greyscale, but count that as a vote for being functional rather than pretty. So long as the color scheme doesn't hurt my eyes, make it whatever. I do really like the options that arstechnica has for both "light on dark" and "dark on light" text for their mobile site.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by mrbluze on Friday February 28 2014, @04:00AM

      by mrbluze (49) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:00AM (#8256) Journal

      It is a matter of taste, and I voted red, but I'd like to make a few observations and get feedback:

      The site slashboxes with gray titles look good, the red links look good. The text boxes now look ok, and the text is easy to read and a sensible size, but the glaring thing for me is the title bars are very starkly red, very dominant on what is otherwise a fairly benign color scheme. If I had to change just ONE thing I would change the title bars, make them less contrasty - potentially even greyscale with a bit of red trim? The redness of the site needs to be a bit less overstated. Whatever color we choose I believe that understatement is the order of the day, since we are about content - the articles, commentary and ease of navigation are everything.

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      • (Score: 1) by Ryuugami on Monday March 03 2014, @08:24AM

        by Ryuugami (2925) on Monday March 03 2014, @08:24AM (#9948)

        Agreed.

        At least for me, the title bars actually make it difficult to scan the titles and completely break the flow of the site. Too contrasty and in-your-face-y. A more subdued shade would be much better.

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  • (Score: 1) by VanessaE on Friday February 28 2014, @03:18AM

    by VanessaE (3396) <vanessa.e.dannenberg@gmail.com> on Friday February 28 2014, @03:18AM (#8240) Homepage Journal
    I voted green because as this is a fork of Slashdot, well... need I say more?
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @05:07PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @05:07PM (#8606)

      Yes: The most well-known type of Soylent is Soylent Green.

      But as far as I understand, the developers don't use green because of trademark issues.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @03:44AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01 2014, @03:44AM (#8955)

      mod parent up - this red color is killing my eyes and is quite the distraction.

      green should be used, it's one of the most peaceful colors.

  • (Score: 1) by hopdevil on Friday February 28 2014, @03:46AM

    by hopdevil (3356) on Friday February 28 2014, @03:46AM (#8249)

    May His wisdom bless us with a color scheme that is both palatable and true to His design.

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by mhajicek on Friday February 28 2014, @05:18AM

      by mhajicek (51) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:18AM (#8290)

      Amber system font on black is the only true answer.

      • (Score: 2) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @07:45PM

        by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:45PM (#8722)

        On this, we agree.

      • (Score: 2) by bucc5062 on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:06AM

        by bucc5062 (699) on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:06AM (#8917)

        Some of us had thus, green on black and we liked it for it burst forth from the founts of IBM and HP and it as good.

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  • (Score: 1) by ArhcAngel on Friday February 28 2014, @04:26AM

    by ArhcAngel (654) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:26AM (#8264)

    A nice vivid shade of RMS would look lovely.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Pslytely Psycho on Friday February 28 2014, @04:44AM

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:44AM (#8276)

    I doth declare that the royal color of Purple be the colour of the new royalty in news for the nerdly inclined....

    And my racecar was purple....It twas cool (for one season, next season every other car was purple)

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    • (Score: 2, Informative) by Yog-Yogguth on Friday February 28 2014, @07:21AM

      by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @07:21AM (#8351) Journal

      Purple might be good, currently the poll shows that purple would have 53% of the votes or an amazing 60% depending on Linus :3

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    • (Score: 2) by lhsi on Friday February 28 2014, @09:29AM

      by lhsi (711) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:29AM (#8387) Journal

      I was thinking about suggesting orange (not a bright orange though), but I think I prefer your idea of purple better so am approving this instead.

      • (Score: 1) by tangomargarine on Friday February 28 2014, @04:58PM

        by tangomargarine (667) on Friday February 28 2014, @04:58PM (#8598)

        My college's colors were orange and blue. Leave it to a bunch of engineers to design such an eyeball-meltingly bright color scheme :)

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by hash14 on Friday February 28 2014, @06:45AM

    by hash14 (1102) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 28 2014, @06:45AM (#8333)

    I felt really nostalgic when I saw Soylent for the first time and thought back to the time when different areas on Slashdot had different colors (blue, red, black, grey). I miss those days. I want them back! But the multiple colors would suffice in lieu of that.

  • (Score: 2) by nobbis on Friday February 28 2014, @07:47AM

    by nobbis (62) on Friday February 28 2014, @07:47AM (#8361) Homepage Journal

    Grue

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  • (Score: 3) by keplr on Friday February 28 2014, @08:06AM

    by keplr (2104) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:06AM (#8367) Journal

    The old socialist in me likes the current red theme. It's bold, it's unique, it's subdued enough to be readable for a good amount of time.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by KritonK on Friday February 28 2014, @09:06AM

    by KritonK (465) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:06AM (#8382)

    In the new and improved interface, that will be implemented in Phase 2, consider making this a user configurable option. This will make everybody happy.

    For now, I voted sticking with red. I have come to like it, and it makes the site sufficiently different from the other one, so that they can't say that we're copying their look and feel.

    • (Score: 1) by mvar on Friday February 28 2014, @12:29PM

      by mvar (2539) on Friday February 28 2014, @12:29PM (#8441)

      thats the best option. I voted blue but the color should really be user-configurable

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @03:48PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @03:48PM (#8557)

      Mod parent up. User configurable all the way.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by elgrantrolo on Friday February 28 2014, @09:56AM

    by elgrantrolo (1903) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:56AM (#8394) Journal

    Can we make SN look like Excel? I'm not quick enough to reach the Boss key.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by CynicGalahad on Friday February 28 2014, @10:21AM

    by CynicGalahad (1275) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:21AM (#8399)

    There seems to exist a typical "soylent" colour:
    http://assets.vice.com/content-images/contentimage /no-slug/b6c9996e86fd1e82d4c4dc22c1081b21.jpg [vice.com]

    A bit doll perhaps...

    • (Score: 1) by WizardFusion on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:01PM

      by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 04 2014, @05:01PM (#10751) Journal

      So like an off-yellow colour.?

      • (Score: 1) by CynicGalahad on Wednesday March 05 2014, @07:18AM

        by CynicGalahad (1275) on Wednesday March 05 2014, @07:18AM (#11199)

        Not really, sorry if it came out as being serious.

        "Soylent" colour is not really that interesting and rather dull. In fairness I do enjoy the red, gives it quite a bit of personality, in particular this red, is not the "cheap" red seen being used by the cheap supermarkets, it borderlines an institutional red.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by mcgrew on Friday February 28 2014, @12:26PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Friday February 28 2014, @12:26PM (#8440) Homepage Journal

    Green isn't a primary color. When mixing paint green is a secondary color made by mixing yellow and blue (red is the third primary). When mixing light (such as on your TV or monitor) the primaries are yellow, cyan, and magenta.

    I voted to keep it red, the opposite of green and the homophone of read. I would like to see the package of Soylent to be green, though, perhaps on a bright fire engine red circle. After all, the green Soylent is people. The movie didn't specify what was in the other Soylents IIRC.

    That said, as long as the stories and comments stay as high quality as they've been, I don't think it really matters.

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    • (Score: 3, Informative) by isostatic on Friday February 28 2014, @05:12PM

      by isostatic (365) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:12PM (#8611) Journal

      Green isn't a primary color. When mixing paint green is a secondary color made by mixing yellow and blue (red is the third primary). When mixing light (such as on your TV or monitor) the primaries are yellow, cyan, and magenta.

      No, you're wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.

      With emitted light the primary colours are additive, red, green, blue. That's why your TV has 3 cathod ray tubes in, Red Green and Blue. That's why your component signal is often RGB (or a mathmatical matrix to get it fitting in 0.775V like YCrCb, YPrPb or YUV)

      Arty people and teachers like to claim red, yellow, blue as the primary colours of paint, and red, green, blue as the primary colours of light, and they're wrong. However you have got it completely the wrong way round.

      The reason your printer has Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow toners is because CMY are the 3 primary colours of ink (subtractive primary colours). You can make any colour from those 3 by layering ink over each over.

      • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Friday February 28 2014, @05:25PM

        by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Friday February 28 2014, @05:25PM (#8619) Homepage Journal

        With emitted light the primary colours are additive, red, green, blue.

        Actually, you're right; I misremembered that class I took 35 years ago. Magenta, yellow, and cyan is for printing with pixels. Odd that the CMYK would wind up in my brain like that, since the '70s were almost 100% analog and CYMK wouldn't have even been mentined in the class.

        Damn, I need to go back to school, I've forgotten and misremembered so much.

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        • (Score: 2, Interesting) by hubie on Friday February 28 2014, @06:23PM

          by hubie (1068) on Friday February 28 2014, @06:23PM (#8661) Journal

          Both of your comments reminded me of one of Feynman's stories. [everydayscientist.com] :)

        • (Score: 1) by Crash on Friday February 28 2014, @08:54PM

          by Crash (1335) on Friday February 28 2014, @08:54PM (#8769)

          What the hell, is soylent socialist or something. Or worse Canadian?

          Someone politely corrects your error, you politely acknowledge the correction.

          Seems a little too friendly or something, where's all the angst, bitterness,superiority complex and gloating about pointing out someone's error...

          Oh, right. Not /.

        • (Score: 2, Funny) by chromas on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:33AM

          by chromas (34) on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:33AM (#9425)

          Odd that the CMYK would wind up in my brain like that

          I've forgotten and misremembered so much.

          Your brain was painted pitch black. Your memories were likely eaten by a mcgrew.

      • (Score: 4, Interesting) by TheLink on Saturday March 01 2014, @10:30AM

        by TheLink (332) on Saturday March 01 2014, @10:30AM (#9045) Journal

        With emitted light the primary colours are additive, red, green, blue.

        Only for conventionally trichomatic humans ;). There are humans who would need four distinct primary colours for their full colour gamut:
        http://www.theguardian.com/science/2001/feb/01/tec hnology2 [theguardian.com]
        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8351822 [nih.gov]
        http://neuroblog.stanford.edu/?p=5181 [stanford.edu]

        I wonder if watching TV for them would be like us watching a TV with a missing primary colour.

        • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:18AM

          by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:18AM (#9489) Journal

          Actually, even for "normal" people, three colours are not really enough to mix all existing colours. Especially the spectral colours cannot be mixed out of other colours.

          With three appropriately chosen colours you can, however, get a large part of all colours (and a good approximation for the rest), and it happens that the best choices contain one red, one green and one blue colour — although the standard choices like sRGB can be far from optimal as can be seen e.g. here. [wikipedia.org]

          Note that the display of the colours outside the sRGB triangle in the image is necessarily wrong. But then, the choices of base colours are affected by other considerations (for example, from the colours alone, the optimal choice for red and blue would be a spectral colour very close to the border of the visible spectrum, but there our eye's sensitivity is low, so you'd probably need ridiculously — if not dangerously — high intensities; also you're limited in what colours you can actually produce with reasonable effort, which I guess is the reason why the green colour of sRGB is so far away from the optimum which would be monochromatic light with a wavelength near to 520 nm).

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by linsane on Friday February 28 2014, @01:04PM

    by linsane (633) on Friday February 28 2014, @01:04PM (#8457)

    Themeable or configurable, or perhaps karma dependent.

    In reality just keep the great news stories coming and focus on the important things

  • (Score: 1) by tynin on Friday February 28 2014, @01:32PM

    by tynin (2013) on Friday February 28 2014, @01:32PM (#8474) Journal

    I'd love it if you could support many themes. I personally like dim white(light grey) text on a black background, perhaps with green backdrops for the subject line. I'm sure that doesn't work for everyone. And looking at all of the replies, it seems many people have different tastes. So why not provide options? Everyone wins!

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by tirefire on Friday February 28 2014, @05:08PM

    by tirefire (3414) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:08PM (#8607)

    Some say blue is a "safe" color choice, but I hate it. It's boring, and it's everywhere.

    Green is a good color, but I think a fair number of newcomers and infrequent readers might confuse this site for Slashdot if you adopt it. The layout of the site is already so similar that the color scheme is the one big obvious sign you have right now that immediately communicates "THIS IS NOT SLASHDOT".

    The red color scheme is alright. As others have said, maybe it needs to be a little lighter so it doesn't contrast so much with all the white.

    I'm open to user customizable color schemes (who wouldn't be?), or even a white-on-black scheme (black-on-white color schemes make me feel like I'm staring at a light bulb if I'm browsing in a room with dim light).

    But mark my words, if you make the Soylent News color scheme blue, I will organize a SoylentCott, and make my own SN fork, with blackjack, and hookers, and...

    • (Score: 1) by nightsky30 on Friday February 28 2014, @06:06PM

      by nightsky30 (1818) on Friday February 28 2014, @06:06PM (#8650)

      In fact, forget the SN fork!

    • (Score: 2) by SMI on Friday February 28 2014, @10:32PM

      by SMI (333) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:32PM (#8846)

      +1, Underrated. I've been trying to customize color schemes for SN, too, and found a way here [soylentnews.org].

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Marand on Friday February 28 2014, @10:58PM

      by Marand (1081) on Friday February 28 2014, @10:58PM (#8865) Journal

      I voted green, however I would be okay with red if it were modified slightly. I like red fine in general, but I find the current SN colour to be hard on my eyes.

      I agree about skipping the blue; I like blue, but it's too common and thus extremely boring on site designs. Wouldn't mind purple, as someone suggested elsewhere here.

      • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:23AM

        by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:23AM (#8986) Journal

        What about the red used in the logo?

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        • (Score: 1) by Marand on Saturday March 01 2014, @10:03AM

          by Marand (1081) on Saturday March 01 2014, @10:03AM (#9042) Journal

          Maybe. Ignoring the gradient on it, the wrapper logo uses three reds that, used together, might make a good starting point. Doing something about the pure whites on the page could also help -- the problem for me is that most of the site is #FFFFFF white or that dark red.

          If trying to use the logo as a basis, the first thing I'd try is using something close to the wrapper base colour for the titles, with the user name/time line a lighter red like the wrapper highlight, and darken the comment area to something like #F0F0F0.

          Light themes are good, but you don't want to overdo the pure whites. Look at something like play.google.com -- it's a light theme, definitely, but most of the light portions are #F4F4F4 or #EEEEEE, with #FFFFFF reserved for drawing your attention. It's bright without being eye-searingly bright. This is something pipedot and slashdot also get wrong, IMO, but on those it's mitigated by the lighter, more pastel colours they use.

          I know they most likely have higher priorities than messing with this, considering they're trying to keep the news rolling while wrangling with the old slashcode, but I'd be willing to help where possible, and I'm sure people better than me at this stuff would help as well.

          On a related note, are they planning on changing the category icons? They, along with the site logo, look like they're placeholders to me, but I haven't seen anyone soliciting new ones or anything.

          • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:46AM

            by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @10:46AM (#9498) Journal

            Playing around a bit, I think #eeeeee is best for the comment background.

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  • (Score: 1) by similar_name on Friday February 28 2014, @05:17PM

    by similar_name (71) on Friday February 28 2014, @05:17PM (#8614)
    Red and Blue are neck and neck. I'm going to make wild generalizations that do not apply to the absolute. I do not believe the world to be black and white but many shades of grey (perhaps 50 :) ). Please don't take offense but feel free to critique and disagree.

    In general, red is considered a color of focus and blue one of wandering thought...

    Engineers-Red
    Researchers-Blue
    Conservative-Red
    Liberal-Blue
    • (Score: 1) by codemachine on Friday February 28 2014, @09:08PM

      by codemachine (1333) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:08PM (#8775)

      Except that in Canada, Liberals are Red, Conservatives are Blue.

      Perhaps at the end of this poll, we will mix the colours by the appropriate ratios. That way, every vote counts!

      So as of now, our site will be:

      27% Red
      26% Blue
      14% Green
      14% Grey
      7% Linus
      3% Skittles
      3% Other
      1% Yellow

      I suspect that mixed together, we'd end up with a rather bad shade of purple or brown. But hey, the people voted, and SN is going to listen!

      • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday March 02 2014, @11:19AM

        by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @11:19AM (#9516) Journal

        Let's see ... a mixture of all colours is, of course, white, and Linus' colour is yellow [linuxjournal.com] (well, it was in 1999, but it's the only one I've found, although that might just be my lacking search-fu). For "Other" I choose "black" (not that it matters too much, at 3%). Therefore we get:

        0.27*(255,0,0) + 0.26*(0,255,0) + 0.14*(0,0,255) + 0.14*(128,128,128) + 0.07*(255,255,0) + 0.03*(255,255,255) + 0.03*(0,0,0) + 0.01*(255,255,0) = (114.82,112,27,61.27) ≈ (115,112,61).

        Therefore the chosen colour is #73703d. Which happens to be an olive green (at least on my screen/to my eyes).

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        • (Score: 1) by similar_name on Tuesday March 04 2014, @02:55PM

          by similar_name (71) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @02:55PM (#10660)
          >Therefore the chosen colour is #73703d. Which happens to be an olive green (at least on my screen/to my eyes).

          I call it olive green too but it may be red to you as far as I'm concerned. You just call it green too.
    • (Score: 2) by clone141166 on Tuesday March 04 2014, @01:22AM

      by clone141166 (59) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @01:22AM (#10384)

      If the top two are Red and Blue shouldn't the patriotic solution be to make SoylentNews Red, White and Blue; the American way!

  • (Score: 1) by nightsky30 on Friday February 28 2014, @06:02PM

    by nightsky30 (1818) on Friday February 28 2014, @06:02PM (#8646)

    I would liketh a nice, deep, soothing, aqua, blue. The red dost stand out well, but me thinketh it killeth mine ocular spheres.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @06:31PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @06:31PM (#8669)

    with sandals.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @07:21PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @07:21PM (#8703)

    Slashdot Green is where we need to be people!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:39AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 02 2014, @06:39AM (#9426)

      Slashdot Green is cyan—opposite of Soylent Red. Even the gradients fade the other way.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @07:24PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28 2014, @07:24PM (#8708)

    Stripes!!!

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by codemachine on Friday February 28 2014, @09:12PM

    by codemachine (1333) on Friday February 28 2014, @09:12PM (#8781)

    I'm going to break the rules of the poll and complain about the lack of options.

    We're missing:

    * OMG!! Ponies!!
    * Alpha / Transparent
    * Beta
    * I'm blind, you insensitive clod!
    * FOR TRAINING ONLY - do not release this poll!

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by tdk on Friday February 28 2014, @11:05PM

    by tdk (346) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:05PM (#8870) Homepage Journal
    To see some alternatives: pipedot [pipedot.org] is blue-grey
    squte [squte.com] is greyscale.
    technocrat [technocrat.net] is white.
    and slashdot [slashdot.org] is green
    • (Score: 1) by nightsky30 on Friday February 28 2014, @11:33PM

      by nightsky30 (1818) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:33PM (#8885)

      1) How long has |. existed?
      2) I like the blue.
      3) LOL @ /.

      • (Score: 2, Informative) by tdk on Friday February 28 2014, @11:45PM

        by tdk (346) on Friday February 28 2014, @11:45PM (#8890) Homepage Journal

        Pipedot has existed for about two weeks [pipedot.org]. It's owner bryan is developing it quickly but it's still behind the others in features.

        • (Score: 1) by nightsky30 on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:04AM

          by nightsky30 (1818) on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:04AM (#8899)

          I like the color scheme and motto at pipedot, but this feels like home.

          Thanks for the info. :)

        • (Score: 1) by nightsky30 on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:17AM

          by nightsky30 (1818) on Saturday March 01 2014, @12:17AM (#8903)

          Wow. Can't post or poll without signing up over there. I'm not sure I'm that committed to the blue site. Soylent is good.

  • (Score: 2, Troll) by AudioGuy on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:29AM

    by AudioGuy (24) on Saturday March 01 2014, @07:29AM (#9008) Journal

    74% voted AGAINST the current color.

    Now have a runoff between the top three.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 03 2014, @11:56PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 03 2014, @11:56PM (#10353)

      Troll?!? Come on, this is a fair point.

  • (Score: 1) by Boxzy on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:14PM

    by Boxzy (742) on Saturday March 01 2014, @01:14PM (#9088) Journal

    Except for grey. I read that one third of men and a little less of women are, as I am, colour deficient in a huge variety of ways. Some colours are actively painful to look at. If you want to be suitable to everyone, grey it is.

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    Go green, Go Soylent.
  • (Score: 0) by Dragon on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:04PM

    by Dragon (2927) on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:04PM (#9178)

    Who about you make templates for red, green, blue... etc. It's not that the design is that complex and in the end everyone would be happy.

    • (Score: 0) by Dragon on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:36PM

      by Dragon (2927) on Saturday March 01 2014, @06:36PM (#9187)

      ... and by "who" I mean "What".

  • (Score: 1) by Runaway1956 on Sunday March 02 2014, @08:39AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @08:39AM (#9454) Homepage Journal

    Just remember that many of us are "color blind". That's the term most used, but of course, very few of us are actually blind to color.

    This red is unappealing to me. I suppose that blue and gray scale are about the most appealing, to most of us who don't have poor color vision. That said, the current setup isn't really bad - simply unappealing.

    The desktop themes that look best to me are browns and earthtones, and usually have names that include the word "dark". The theme of my Mate desktop right now, is 'Equinox Evolution Dusk'. Hmmm - now that I've looked, I may just switch over to BlackMATE - the colors look a little crisper.

    Whatever you do, DO NOT go to a butt-ton load of red colors. Pink, violet, lavender will simple be lost to us without good color vision.

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    “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” ― Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome
    • (Score: 1) by Runaway1956 on Sunday March 02 2014, @08:46AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 02 2014, @08:46AM (#9456) Homepage Journal

      "to most of us who don't have poor color vision"

      I don't always proofread my entries. I shouldn't have this time. I took an understandable sentence, and mangled it when I edited. Oh well . . .

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      “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” ― Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by elf on Sunday March 02 2014, @07:55PM

    by elf (64) on Sunday March 02 2014, @07:55PM (#9714)

    With css can't we just have an option we can set in the preferences? Personally I like the pipedot color scheme.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by enharmonix on Monday March 03 2014, @03:35PM

    by enharmonix (1891) <enharmonix+soylentnews@gmail.com> on Monday March 03 2014, @03:35PM (#10077)
    I voted for grayscale because I tend to prefer neutral colors, but if this is soylentnews, shouldn't it be green?
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 03 2014, @05:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 03 2014, @05:16PM (#10119)

    To be sure we're.. environmental, I' suggest soylent green coloured soylentnnews!

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Abominous Salad on Monday March 03 2014, @05:34PM

    by Abominous Salad (3074) on Monday March 03 2014, @05:34PM (#10129)

    However I chooseth that option and explaineth hither:

    I shall dubbeth the color scheme: Energy Saver.

    Medium-contrast, near-black background (say #222, ish-abouts). Offwhite default text, blues and oranges or something similar for links and accents.

  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Tuesday March 04 2014, @02:22AM

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 04 2014, @02:22AM (#10396) Journal

    It's not easy being green.... ...but, I'd love to see 'soylent greenish'. Or yes, give me a choice, so I can pick soylent greenish for myself. Love that soylent greenish: bbq'd with a nice chianti

    and, mmmmm.... donuts! :)

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    --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
  • (Score: 1) by gottabeme on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:24AM

    by gottabeme (1531) on Tuesday March 04 2014, @07:24AM (#10493)

    Color is probably the most important visual element of a web site's design. Some people will be put off by unpleasant color.

    I don't think this dried-blood red is very pleasant.

    There are many people in the community who can do design and themes and styles and colors. Let them. Then their themes can be plugged in.