Heyo heyo! I've had some ideas for this wiki ever since I stepped foot on it and I'd like to share them with you all to hear your thoughts. If the majority decides to go for it, this new theme will replace the current one.
Overall, it's excessivly transparent. Really excessively. In general, I'm not in favour of integrating the background into the article body - text should be presented with as little variation as possible in the background to ensure readability (ignoring the font colour in the previews, I assume it will be changed to something with more contrast), and the best way to achieve this? A consistant article body, with a constant contrast.
This is impossible to achieve with any background other than a plain, boring solid colour. I would very much rather just stick to the current background.
As for the colour palette, well, it looks quite nice, but it's a bit distracting. Bright cyan doesn't really fit all that well without sticking out too much, once again I'm in favour of just sticking to the current style.
The one thing I like however is the infobox design. If a solid background that matches the wiki's current palette can be provided, I'm more than happy with using it. Just needs making sure the infobox background fits nicely with the rest of the theme, is opaque, and doesn't contain too much detail to ensure readability. The tabbers also could use a defining border to make them easier to see. Unless you're paying attention, you may not notice that there is a tabber at all right now.
Well, I've been quite negative and opposing here, haven't I...? Can't help it, I'm not happy with this and wouldn't want our readers to have to deal with the problems listed above (including Wolf and Cuikui's replies), especially those with sight issues.
That aside, I'm glad this is being discussed on a wider scale now. Even if only the infoboxes change, this is a major change with a large impact.
I agree with Deiaa on all points really. I do want to say as well that I love the infobox look! How the title uses the game font, and how the DST symbol appears on the DST tabber when you click on it! Very cool.
The theme is lovely, however one main problem sticks out (which has been mentioned before) - it's simply too transparent. With the settings my computer are on at the moment, reading the text is near impossible. I suggest either lowering the transparency or using a background that does not merge with the text colors.
Essentially, I agree with Bluegeist and Deiaa2002 with this matter.
Honestly I really dislike the infoboxes, they feel a bit too extra, while the current infoboxes are really simple. This new infoxbox also looks really silly for characters.
There's the obvious thing of Willow's name being there twice in the same font, but the border of the infobox and the border of the portrait are also the same which leads to this really unpleasing effect.
Cuikui wrote: Overall it looks good, but I've noticed some problems.
Text of Captions of the Gallery, name in Recent Wiki Activity and names in Popular Page are difficult to read.
The background of Sound, Categories and Craftable Items are the wrong colors.
The frames of the selected infobox and tabber do not detach from the background. That's too bad because I like their style.
Like Wolf, I think it's a bit too transparent, which makes the background too present.
The theme I have there is just a beta, since it takes awhile to actually style everything, it's mainly just a feel to see if that background + link color looks "good". Sorry for the confusion but I can fix those later.
As I said, this isn't final, however, I will edit accordingly and get a preview up soon!
Aesthetically speaking, it looks really awesome. I particularly enjoy the infobox design and the theme. It brings up some spooky but refreshing vibe to the wiki.
However, the main purpose of the wiki is to provide information to players who are usually in desperate for answers. As a result, readability is always a priority. My opinion is that words need to be very clear and background should never affect the clarity of words as well. Moreover, the design of the collapsible content box might require further fixing, since it's a bit absurd with the overall design.
Keep it up man. As long as you fix those problems which are mentioned by my fellow admins, I believe there is a reasonable chance to implement your design.
For the purpose of site-wide implementation: Weakly support
For the purpose of design and my opinion: Support
As others have stated before, the nonreadability caused by the excessive transparency is a huge issue. That would be a deal-breaker for me. I'm also not a fan of how the subject of the image is hidden behind the body of the article while the more visible sides (which is arguably what a background image should primarily be used for) are basically empty. The cyan link color certainly fits Fandom's design, but I don't really see any connection to Don't Starve's aesthetic.
Overall, I really don't see a reason to change the wiki's design again so quickly, I'd be in favor of keeping the recent design. It took a lot of work and effort to finalize and I've grown rather attached to it.
However, the suggested infobox design looks very nice in my opinion. As Deiaa said, a solid background color would be preferable to ensure readability. Also, we should maybe look into reducing the amount of displayed information so they don't become too long if we should choose to use this design.
От OHSHIET: I was about to suggest something like changing links color in the infoboxes, because they didn't look great, it was a day or two ago, but then you just changed the whole page design with the links.
Well, maybe try changing opacity? Set higher values, so the infobox stands out more from the usual text. Also I don't think that rotated "DST" icon really looks great. Don't know where to place it so that it looks better, but right now isn't the best option too.
And we have "image" tabbers with DS and DST icons (not only them, they're changeable, of course) which you can css change as you like (see image), because they're more flexible than the usual tabbers, but you can place this tabber only once on a page (if "starter" tab is "DS", you click on "DST", scroll down and see this kind of tabbers again, the next kind of tabbers will be clicked too, because you clicked earlier on "DST" and didn't switch back to "DS". So you can still use more than one this kind of tabber on a page, but that's not convenient). These tabbers are not like usual tabbers, but they're pretty interesting. Don't know, though, if this is going to work well with the infoboxes. Probably not the best option, but you can try these tabbers, if you're interested. These tabbers aren't our invention, but one of our friends took his part in developing them.
I like it a lot, although I agree with the statement that the way they label the character name twice does look silly. Also, I think it would be cool if they made background images on the page for characters more specific to said character.
Would should be considered is mobile i know tablets and phones both seem to be different with phones being more simple and compact and well tablets being basically a crappy desktop view with more difficult editing so MORE CODING YAY but anyways the appearance on other devices should be considered
Actually, isnt that repeat naming just the character name in the image itself? All dst character portraits have the curly border and the ds font, so it does look redundant, but it only applies to like 16 pages.
Also, I'm pretty sure it's possible to modify character infoboxes to omit the title if necessary. Though, that raises the question: what about pages such as Woodie/Cursed? They still use character infoboxes, but they actually need that title.
I'm in favour of just accepting the redundancy. It keeps things consistent and the redundancy only applies to a few pages, out of over 1,000 others.