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Hi all, I've tested this theme (now officially called Dark Roast) thoroughly. It's a premium theme by IPFocus with which I've tweaked the colours and graphics to nod as best as I can to the old vBulletin forum theme. A reminder of what it looked like:

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I've tried my best to answer and help as many people as I can. I'll continue to help (or try to) anyone who messages me. There is all the same functionality as vBulletin and some more. Any custom work on the old forum I have a list of and will chip away at them when I can (such as the number of mentions on each post).

Apologies that some people have lost badges. Please message me ( @Tait ), @Glenn, @Rhys, @Nate and we'll reinstate it. Part of the reason for updating the forum software was using the built-in tools of IPS to stay on top of things like badges. In the old vB system, some badges were ranks, and some badges were based on the user group, so there were some inconsistencies inherent with the platform.

If anyone finds any weirdities, please let me know in a PM or the appropriate thread. (They happen! - you can't make a latte without frothing some milk.) Please keep this thread specifically for Dark Roast (Previously called Premium) theme feedback or updates.

I'm working on recovering the old avatars for those who haven't updated theirs yet and older images which didn't come across. Both are recoverable, albeit with some reasonable effort. I've spent 4 hours or so on it today and not quite there - testing locally on my machine. These two are my main focus and will likely only sort emergency issues out until I've tackled these.

I appreciate those of you who've been adaptable, supportive and helpful (special mention to @MildredM) . I apologise to any who've been confused or felt disgruntled by the new changes. Please do your best to guide and support outwardly and grumble about anything you want privately to me (I'm not a fan public negativity). I'll help. We're going to keep the positive spirit of this place alive and invest our best in growing it.

Thank you for your patience over these transitory weeks. @Rhys and @Glenn are active and admins - they have full admin authority to tweak, ban, edit, moderate, badge up, sticky, remove spam etc. They're also feeding into me and helping steer development.

I'm going to try and be more verbal in future about coming changes and gather useful feedback and positive criticism where I can. 

Thanks for staying active and for being such a great community. Tait

 

 

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Only one thing I'm missing now. On the old forum, when using the "New posts" function you used to get a line saying "The following posts have not been updated since your last visit" or similar. This was helpful in determining which posts I hadn't seen. :) 


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@tait - Either/both of the darker themes are  OK (I assume you'll get rid of the spare)....

 Could you just sort out the typo (spurious additional "s") in the header - pointed out by Glenn a day or so ago.

Not a real biggie - but if it is the default it means that (prospective) new users will get to see it..... and that sort of typo doesn't give the best impression :-( 

 

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@Tait ^^^^


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Thanks for the dryer theme, especially on mobile. On PC I got Dark Reader plugin which does a good job. 

Btw. Can I make requests to the dark roast theme? On the Activity list, I think there's too much white. The New post dot or star is white along with all the text. This makes browsing more difficult. On the standard theme there are different colors. 

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@Tait the sliding banner is great 😁 

It is really coming together now. If only you could find a way to show only ONE new post and not EVERY new post on a thread thereafter then that would be perfect. 

I think you mentioned you are looking into it, sorry if I’m covering it again!

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2019 L-R with hand turned Thuya burr handles and toggles / 1998 La Pavoni with NickNak single hole steam wand tip  / Monolith Titan Conical & MAX  / HG-1 / Kalita wave / Stag kettle / OCD / Joey Skateboard Handle Pullman Big Step & matching stirrer /  gold B Plus stirrer / Wenge Handle Lev Tamp / Push Tamper / Puqpress / 15g & 18g vst / IMS 35μM / LDT / Barista Gear Titanium 12oz pitchers / LW Bean Cellars & Caddy / Decent thermometer / Acme Evo 150ml cups / Espazzola / Hottop / embroidered by me bar towels / coffee bar towel logo embroiderer to the hoi polloi  / in the cellars: Steampunk, North Star, Foundry, The Barn, HasBean, Coffee Compass / 6 gorgeous guineas / a dog / a very lovely and understanding husband 

 

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OK! This is now the default main theme. I'll continue to work on making it better.

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Sweet jesus, my eyes 🤮🤮🤮

How do I change back? The themes option has disappeared 😥

 

 

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Is the old theme ever coming back @Tait?


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I said the same thing and post got deleted....

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*deep breath* please be patient. Try to talk about coffee and know I'm working tirelessly to improve the experience.

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Hi guys, I've put back a "Light Roast" option. It's very vanilla (FYI - I prefer it). The reason for Dark Roast is a result of the negative feedback on the light theme and people complaining about their eyes etc. We'll get there. I'll now maintain two themes as there are two camps. 

 

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Remember, you will need to have the background of the Dark Roast theme set to anything BUT white otherwise you won’t see the Theme button at the foot of the page, bottom left.

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28 minutes ago, Tait said:

Hi guys, I've put back a "Light Roast" option. It's very vanilla (FYI - I prefer it). The reason for Dark Roast is a result of the negative feedback on the light theme and people complaining about their eyes etc. We'll get there. I'll now maintain two themes as there are two camps. 

 

Thanks for listening .. 

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