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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer for our Banner Contest? (Theme: Fall/Thanksgiving/Hallowe'en)
Purple 6 10.91%
Black 19 34.55%
Light Blue 11 20.00%
Dark Blue 5 9.09%
Orange 14 25.45%
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Old 2011-09-20, 19:16   Link #1
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AnimeSuki Fall Banner Contest: Background Gradient Vote

It has been a while since we've changed the banners shown at the top of the Forums, and so we're planning a contest to provide a much-needed refresh.

The theme of this contest will be: Fall/Thanksgiving/Hallowe'en

If you are interested in participating in this contest, we would like your feedback about which of the following background gradients would work best with the designs you can imagine for this theme. Whichever background receives the most votes will be used for this contest, and become the new background gradient at the top of AnimeSuki Forums for the duration of the rotation (tentative: mid-October to end-November).

The poll will be open from now until Friday, 23 September 2011.
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Old 2011-09-21, 02:16   Link #2
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Well if we're talking about Halloween,
then orange is the way to go.
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Old 2011-09-21, 02:19   Link #3
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The Black one looks so amazing I could not imagine voting for anything else. Though I'm not really sure if it would fit the default forum theme.
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Old 2011-09-21, 03:10   Link #4
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Yeah Black and Dark Blue ones are the best.
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Old 2011-09-21, 12:34   Link #5
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I do think that The Darker ones are the best looking out of the selection, but I'm voting Orange since it's different than the latest banner colours we had.
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Old 2011-09-21, 14:23   Link #6
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I do think that The Darker ones are the best looking out of the selection, but I'm voting Orange since it's different than the latest banner colours we had.
You guys do know that Dark Blue and Black are the only unused ones!! >,<

The others are just recycled ones that have been used before; I believe the orange one was even used several times.

...and it's more of a ugly brown if you don't focus just on the lower part.
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Old 2011-09-21, 19:47   Link #7
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Either the Orange or the Black work for me.
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Old 2011-09-21, 20:07   Link #8
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No offense to whoever made the orange gradient, but it's kinda ugly. :x Woulda chosen that, but...

Light Blue. I love the black too, though.

There's an apostrophe in Halloween??

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Old 2011-09-22, 09:05   Link #9
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I'm kinda split between Light Blue and Black.

And yes, Komari, Halloween can be spelled with an apostrophe as Hallowe'en.
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Old 2011-09-22, 09:09   Link #10
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Black, I like how it looks.
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Old 2011-09-22, 11:22   Link #11
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Purple for me. I think it matches the buttons better.
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Old 2011-09-22, 14:16   Link #12
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Purple for me. I think it matches the buttons better.
I'd have to agree.
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Old 2011-09-23, 02:53   Link #13
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You know, I'd have answered light blue if not for the theme.
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Old 2011-09-23, 09:58   Link #14
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Voted black 'cause fits halloween theme imo. Orange fits the theme too, but not the forums.. I think orange would look just awful :x
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Old 2011-09-23, 10:26   Link #15
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Black without a doubt. The banner content's contrast will shine nicely and some proper lighting might do wonders.

Also, I can't imagine creating a banner with that orange background. The colors would clash in a ridiculous way. I can only see black silhuettes working in that. Damn.

The blues...well, they're old, needs a change before they come back.

Btw, I stumbled upon this thread by a complete accident and it's deadline already. Why no "VOTE HERE OR DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH!" popups or alerts of some kind? I mean, look at the votes...a few dozen individuals changing what thousands will look at? Feels a tiny bit rushed. The background is as much a huge deal as the things we all slap on it and call art.

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The plan at this time is that we will then have a second contest shortly thereafter...
Oh...well, I guess that explains it.
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Voted black 'cause fits halloween theme imo. Orange fits the theme too, but not the forums.. I think orange would look just awful :x
Orange one just looks awful to work with TBH; the colors are just really really old school. I don't think the staff here puts too much emphasis on how they look (at a glance) and too little emphasis on how they can be used. Unless you intend to stick the gradient bare naked up there, think hard on what those colors offer.
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Old 2011-09-23, 11:38   Link #17
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For those that think that the orange gradient doesn't work, try these links and see if that can change your mind:

The Halloween 2006 Banner Contest! (Surprise! A new banner contest already!)
Halloween 2006 Banner Contest Nominations
Halloween 2006 Banner Contest - Final Vote!

(note that it has been five years since that contest was run, thus a lot of the images have disappeared)
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Old 2011-09-23, 12:04   Link #18
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For those that think that the orange gradient doesn't work, try these links and see if that can change your mind:

The Halloween 2006 Banner Contest! (Surprise! A new banner contest already!)
Halloween 2006 Banner Contest Nominations
Halloween 2006 Banner Contest - Final Vote!

(note that it has been five years since that contest was run, thus a lot of the images have disappeared)
Do the moderators intend to go with the orange gradient even if black wins this poll? Black currently is in the lead, after all, and many comments on this thread have been strongly supportive of it.

Personally, I checked out some of those Orange banners, and I didn't like them that much. I do think that the colors clash in some cases. I also found that the best-looking Orange banners merely had orange at the far sides, with backgrounds from inserted images almost entirely covering over the gradient background itself. The fact that some banner makers felt it was necessary to do this speaks to me of the weaknesses of the orange banner gradient.

I much prefer something that can flow naturally from the gradient background, which is definitely possible with black, imo.
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Old 2011-09-23, 12:04   Link #19
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Black of course ^_^
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Old 2011-09-23, 12:06   Link #20
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For those that think that the orange gradient doesn't work, try these links and see if that can change your mind:

The Halloween 2006 Banner Contest! (Surprise! A new banner contest already!)
Halloween 2006 Banner Contest Nominations
Halloween 2006 Banner Contest - Final Vote!

(note that it has been five years since that contest was run, thus a lot of the images have disappeared)
The forum has a attachment system. Sure us members can't use it, but surely it's not such a big deal for you guys to! Then the banners would last forever, and ever and ever. Oh, and it's not like you haven't used the attachment system for other things anyway...

And this is not a question of Orange background would produce bad banners, but rather Orange background is annoying to work with, and by consequence will produce mediocre ones. It's no secret that if you start out with good "stock" and an idea of how things should work together you get better results then if you randomly pick something and botch things togheter.

ps. all the really good looking ones there are the ones that in a way replace 90% of the background though some trick; at least in the banner portion
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