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New feature: style picker

You asked for it, you got it.

Our site is red. Some people like it while others are still recovering - seeing the dots from a flash photo gone bad.

*Ow! My eyes!*

We're lookin' out for ya.

With a little stylesheet wizardry, we're happy to present our style switcher. Feeling a little nostalgic? Head to the right side of your screen, below the searchbar, and click the white theme. Up for red? You know what to do.

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    1. Instant relief... thank you, thank you

      1. You know, I must have been one of the few that really likes the red and intend on keeping it. *shrug*.

        Now where are those local wikis that we were promised? :D

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          That's one of the reasons for this change. Once we get all the kinks ironed out, that's the next step. Stay turned, it's getting better!

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Me, too. The color was just about the only thing I liked (disclaimer: I wear tinted glasses at the office) in the site redesign.

            Now that they've fixed "My Chow" and the reply nesting and the site is running smoothly, it really is an improvement.

          2. That's a help, thanks.

            Also, thanks for fixing the Chowhound-logo-links-to-Chow.com problem. I had feared that that was intentional at first.

            You've given me enough to hang in and see how things come together around here at this point. Keep it up!

            1. Thank you! This is lovely. It's always nice to have choices. :)


                1. I've expressed my thanks elsewhere as there are so many fragments going about. However, I do seem to be experiencing some fairly random changes back to the red background when I exit chowhound and return or when I switch between boards. Any chance of a look at some point?

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                  1. re: ali patts

                    Ali, which browser and OS are you using?

                    1. re: Engineering

                      Microsoft Internet Explorer version
                      Hope that answers your query - anything else and I'll have to ask the IT dept and they are not friendly! I'll happily design you a building or cook you dinner but don't ask me about computers.

                      1. re: ali patts

                        I was having the Background picker problem as well but I think I've done it enough times that is has got the point. ;-) But I am still having a problem with the Navigation bar turning completely white including the text and the buttons and also having individual buttons on the bar turn white as I roll over them with my mouse.

                        I am using IE 6.0.2800.1106

                        I will check Safari when I get home

                        Take Care

                        - P.

                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                          Hey Mattapoisett - When you experience the color shift in the navigation bar, is it in the white or the red theme, or both?

                          1. re: The Chowhound Team

                            I am experiencing this problem as well. The menu area seems to go back and forth between colors, sometimes becoming unusable. Otherwise, this feature is a welcome addition! Here's a screenshot of my instance of the problem.

                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                              We've made some changes to the way themes work, which should have resolved this issue. Thanks again for the feedback, and keep us informed if the issue is still present.

                              1. re: Engineering

                                Oops, now nothing is compressed. The Theme style is kept after closing and then restarting my browser (Safari). But now all mesages show – all are expanded – even the ones I've read before.

                          2. re: Engineering

                            I had that issue too when switching between boards: I'm using Firefox 2.0.

                        2. I thank you and my eyes thank you!

                              1. Thank you. This is a very positive sign.

                                1. Bless you one and all! I won't have to take that Imitrex today afterall!

                                  1. THANK YOU! (If I could've done it, that would've been in an 18 point, dancing rainbow-colored font. LOL)

                                    1. Oh hooray! Now I don't have to delete it from my favorites at work and I can put the asprin away.

                                        1. Whew! My life makes sense again.

                                          1. WOW ... thanks so much what a difference.
                                            I don't want to close the site immediately any more.

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                                            1. Thanks for giving me the option. I actually felt a sigh of relief when I switched to the cream color.

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                                              1. Am I the only one that sees that that doesn't work either? That makes the site headers (boards, blogs, etc) white - too hard to see.

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                                                1. re: Jeanne

                                                  In Mozilla Firefox 1.0.3 the site headers (recipes, boards, stories, etc.) are in white text on light pink background and very hard to see. In IE 6.0 they're backed by a maroon bar that makes navigation much easier.

                                                  1. re: Euonymous

                                                    I checked Firefox "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20061206 Firefox/" and the site header colors are showing up the same as in Explorer. Looks like a version thing.

                                                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                                                      Very, very strange. For issues like this, it's also helpful for us to see screenshots. We'll look into this, and if you can attach a screenshot to your post, we'd appreciate it. Thanks!

                                                    2. re: Euonymous

                                                      Here are some screenshots of Firefox. I'm running on Windows 2000 version 5, build 2195 with service pack 4

                                                  2. I've noticed that if I close down Explorer, then relaunch and click back to the site that the color preferences are lost. I have to click on it each time I come back.

                                                    Any way to make the selection stick?

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                                                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                                                      that's a bug that we're working on, and hope to have a fix by the end of the day.

                                                      1. re: Engineering

                                                        Would be cool to have it be part of your profile as well. Then you can just come right into the login screen and away you go. Other than that - I'd go with the tan color as the default!!!

                                                    2. OMG!!! What a wonderful change! The red/contrast doesn't bother me as much as it did yesterday, but I love the option of being able to change the style! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

                                                      1. There's still way too much glaring white for my eyes (and I've already got the brightness on my monitor down to zero). How about a style where the backgrounds of the page, "post frame," and "post body" are picked up from the system or browser settings?

                                                        Either that or a canned style where all those elements matches the peach / beige of the inset background.

                                                        1. Thanks for responding so quickly on the colors. The beige theme is somewhat of an improvement.

                                                          I hope you will get a usability expert to consult on color scheme.

                                                          1. sooooooooooooooo much better, thank you!!!

                                                            1. Relief is just a click away - many thanks!

                                                              1. Oh Dear God - Thank you for the option and instructions on how to change the awful red.....

                                                                1. Color not totally fixed. It went to the white for awhile, but then when I started surfing around the boards it switched back to red. On its own. grrr.....

                                                                  I'm wondering why not just make it white all the time. Sure, some liked the red, but so far I have heard no one who says they can't stand the white and gets eyestrain from it.

                                                                  Logic says that if people are physically bothered by one option, and no one is physically bothered by the second option, that the second option is the one to go to.

                                                                  Oh, and here's the interesting thing: This window has the white on it as I type. But the board that is still opened has the red. Weird.

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                                                                  1. re: janetofreno

                                                                    Engineering has reported elsewhere on the Boards today that they are working on making the color option "stick" for posters, based on the option selected, so that you won't have to keep selecting your preferred option.

                                                                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                                      Thanks so much for your prompt attention. I could feel my eyes & brain relax instantly when I switched to beige. A selected preference in our profiles would be great.

                                                                    2. re: janetofreno

                                                                      That may be a cache issue on your browser -- if you're using Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options and click the "Delete Files" button... then close your browser and open it again and all should be better.

                                                                    3. Thanks for providing the option of the lighter color scheme. It's working perfectly for me, except on the "boards" board -- when I click on the white theme box, it takes me to the last board I was viewing and doesn't change the color scheme.

                                                                      1. The lighter color scheme is, I agree, instant relief. What a huge difference. Now if the font were more readable. Non-seraph fonts do not help the eye move along like a seraph font would. Please consider changing the font or allowing the read to pick (is that possible?).

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                                                                        1. re: Atomica

                                                                          ITYM "serif" vs. "sans serif". Seraphim are those heavenly beings. :)

                                                                          Sans-serif fonts look neater on the page -- a whole page of serif font looks "cluttered".

                                                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                            Uh, thanks for the correction.

                                                                            Man, I hope you're not in the design business. If one chooses the correct font, it does not look cluttered and it's easier to read. Do you see novels being printed with sans serif fonts? Newspapers? Magazines? Rarely, yet you sit there and happily read them.

                                                                            1. re: Atomica

                                                                              As it happens, I'm not in the design business. :) So no worries there.

                                                                              I can move a book, a magazine or a newspaper to get a better angle on the letters. It's a bit more difficult to do that on a monitor.

                                                                              Ultimately, it's a stylistic choice -- and for the less cost in labour, you can remove the sans-serif fonts from your computer, which will force serif fonts. I'm just sayin'...

                                                                        2. I'm so glad I decided to browse site talk or would have not known about the delete red option. Perhaps a word or two next to the option to explain would help folks who don't read this board.

                                                                          all I can say is phew.

                                                                          will the rest of red remain? top & bottom sections? ick.