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New Theme: Oatmeal

We've got Red, and we've got White.

Some said that red was too dark, and others said white was too light.

*Introducing Oatmeal.* We hope that this new theme helps those of you with high contrast displays.

Please, let us know what you think.

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  1. I love it. That would work perfectly for me.

    And thank you for asking.

    1. A little warmer than the stark white...nice!

      1. Oatmeal works for me. I have a PBook.

        1. As the poster who complained of queasiness, let me say THANK YOU!!!! Seroiusly, this is so much more pleasant. It's nice and soft on my eyes, not harsh and bright.

          1. Mmmmmmm oatmeal... oh as a background color, that's good too! Now please come up with a food related name for the other two background colors. Maybe "pomegranite seed" and "latte foam" (you can consult with Marcel on that last one). ;-)

            1. Oatmeal is PERFECT! Seriously, thank you so much.

              1. It's coming up "pinky" on a dell with IE6.

                1. Absolutely the best of the three and the easiest on my eyes for reading for extended periods of time. Thank you!

                  1. Very nice. Not too bright.

                    1. Much better. It would be even better without any of the huge red blocks, but at least it's not painful.

                      1. Yah, I think we really need a few more options. This one's just not quite right. Maybe something in a lime green?

                        1. Love the oatmeal! Even though on my screen, it looks more like chicken :)

                          1. Much better and thanks for asking for the input (I don't mean it sarcastically). I think you should call the colors Chardonnay and Merlot :) just kidding.

                            1. Thank you. Much better.

                              1. Yes, that's definitely an improvement.

                                1. I appreciate the theme options. Tested out each one and my eyes settled on oatmeal; however, my eyes continue to strain and hurt after 20-30 min. My monitor's brightness is turned down as much as possible and the contrast is pretty low too. Any other ideas?

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                                  1. re: Carb Lover

                                    Returning this AM, I think what was still bothering me was the font size--too small. I changed my font size to be one larger than "medium" and it's better.

                                    1. re: Carb Lover

                                      Yes, I like it a bigger font size too, problem is I launch a new tab for each thread and so it doesn't help much to do it for one window when I'm opening all these tabs. And I don't want to change my browser's default, because I don't need larger fonts for all the sites I visit.

                                  2. Much much better on the eyes - thanks! (And thanks for asking for input, it's appreciated.)

                                    1. How nice was it to stumble to the kitchen grab a cup of coffee and not get whacked on the forehead with the RED.

                                      The oatmeal is now my flavor of choice.

                                      1. White's just right. Thank you.

                                        1. The oatmeal is a big improvement.

                                          1. Brownie here, again, on the whole Nav Tabs issue. This is definitely a major improvement, as I no longer have to guess where the tabs are. Thanks! They're still pretty darned light, but they're visible, at least! I guess it's the Firefox problem?

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                                            1. re: brownie

                                              hi brownie - the tabs should look like the attached screenshot. Is that not the case? If not, can you attach a screenshot please?

                                            2. Why does the oatmeal not carry through to our own page (My Recent Posts)?

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                                              1. Oatmeal is absolutely perfect. I like mine with a bit of half-and-half mixed in and turbinado sugar sprinkled on top, thankyouverymuch.

                                                1. That's an improvement, but the topic and post backgrounds are still eye-straining bright white on my CRT, even with brightness turned down zero.

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                                                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                    Yes, the white is still bothering my eyes. I've changed to oatmeal and increased the font size, but I feel my eyes starting to hurt after 25 min. I had no problem w/ the previous color scheme.

                                                    1. re: Carb Lover

                                                      Is it just me or is the white background and black font not as bright and harsh on the eyes anymore?? Whatever it is, my eyes are happy right now and I can go back to hours of CH addiction (uh-oh).

                                                  2. This is good. Thank you. Hopefully it will stick.

                                                    1. My Chowhound screens are still red. How do I switch to oatmeal?

                                                      Thanks for listening and changing the color.

                                                      Edit: Never mind - I found your earlier post and found the "Theme" Style Picker near the Search feature. It's all the way to the right of the screen and I didn't see it right away.
                                                      Best, Flynn1.

                                                      1. Clearly, oatmeal is the way to go. Any good 'hound would choose the color named after a food rather than the colors named after, well, colors. Seriously, the oatmeal is nice and warm. The way oatmeal should be.


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                                                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                            Or the ever popular Morcilla red for blood and guts eaters.

                                                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                              Careful--soon we'll be off-topic and have to take this discussion to an "about food" board. :)


                                                            2. re: Jacquilynne

                                                              Sorry, you are too late, that one has already been Christened "Latte Foam" after a serious consultation with Marcel.

                                                          2. I really like this new theme. my favorite.

                                                            1. Oatmeal works! However, when I pull up boards, it won't save in oatmeal...only the red color...which I guess is OK, as I only pull this up to click on a particular board, and don't bother with that busy thingy to the right.

                                                              1. oatmeal looks the best, red is too garish, and logo overtakes entire page--white is fine also, but oatmeal is softer and more sophisticated looking..great job overall design wise, what a major transformation---that really works, and became so much of what was fantasized over the years......thank you!!!