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Old 2008-11-28, 17:00   Link #121
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If you're just talking about skinning the buttons, no structural changes to the page, that isn't so hard. Someone would still need to put in the time to work out what images need to be skinned, and what CSS options are open to the designer, with respect to our styles. Even if the idea has mileage in the future, I does not this time around.
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Old 2008-11-28, 17:47   Link #122
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What exactly is the problem?
If you have a set of buttons, you just have to put it into a directory, and changing the colors isn't much more complicated, than editing a stylesheet (basically it's exactly that: Editing a stylesheet).
NightWish is picky, the default vB style would fail his criteria for example. For one, browser compatibility would be an issue: it has to work with the most fundamental of HTML support and little to no Css so tables are particularly bad and would have to be removed (the entire vB design is tabular ). It also has to work with other non-desktop devices, this can imply some restrictions on the DTD, like restricting it to XHTML basic 1.1 which means, for one, any use of the style attribute has to go (it all really depends on which way you approach it).

But anyway, I missunderstood you...

What you meant was create a different deviations of the current theme. That is very much doable just that there would need to be a really thick set of rules for the nomination phase so as to filter out all the unusable eyesores that pop up (eg. myspace like designs). I can see it as a very complicated contest even with automation (of what can be automated). Simple designs with color changing and use of 3rd party buttons may be frequent, since attempts at creating small icons do not seem to have been very successful. The contest would also require a lot of preparation.
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Old 2008-11-29, 22:23   Link #123
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Hmm Nice a Banner Contest. ^^ Looking foward to it.

How about this? More of a Dark sort of theme.
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Old 2008-11-30, 08:18   Link #124
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Erm, how about a Music theme?

Hey, just brainstorming.
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Old 2008-11-30, 12:32   Link #125
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How about this? More of a Dark sort of theme.
It is the same as having a Series themed banner contest. Gender (series or otherwise), tone and feel should not be a issue. A "dark theme" is catering to just a % of the members.

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Erm, how about a Music theme?
These tend to have very high and specific requirements.
eg. "At least one object related to either producing or listening to music has to be present in the entry. A character, text or musical reference in the design alone is not enough." -- SoTM
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Old 2008-11-30, 21:52   Link #126
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How do people feel about Chibi? I mean what screams out anime more than super-deformed anime characters, not to mention the apparent cuteness that comes along as a bonus too

The theme is very much so related to anime and will no doubt be easy to identify.
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Old 2008-12-02, 02:54   Link #127
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Yes!! I've become a lurker lately but I've been waiting for the next banner contest. I always think it's fun to try and the communities' creativity always amazes me.

I thought it might be easier to come up with a theme if a gradient is picked first because some themes would be incompatible with the gradient. For example, I don't think gothic would mix well with the current gradient used. After the last contest, I made a few gradients when the idea was floated about doing different times of the day to rough out what that might look like. I then made a couple for seasons and then just a few miscellaneous. You can see below what I came up with and what I associated it with.


Winter


Gothic


Just wanted to make a purple one


Fall


Day


Night or maybe space


Dawn


Just looked interesting
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Old 2008-12-02, 04:11   Link #128
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You can see below what I came up with and what I associated it with.
Nice.

Better than the ones I posted too!
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Old 2008-12-03, 00:24   Link #129
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Excellent gradients! I'll have to add them to the list. Still deliberating, but the list of themes is getting shorter.
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Old 2008-12-03, 18:05   Link #130
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I finally decided to stop lurking in this thread. xD;

Hmm... In terms of a theme, I've been thinking that maybe we should decide on a theme that can be easily conveyed with a background like the sky contest did.

For example, clouds on a blue gradient conveys sky to me, bubbles and/or waves on blue gradient conveys underwater, snow falling on a blue gradient conveys winter, etc. Just something that isn't necessarily dependent on the render itself, and can still be conveyed once the render is removed.
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Old 2008-12-03, 18:25   Link #131
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I like the gothic and fall. Maybe a bright and cheerfull theme with bright color but not to wild.
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Old 2008-12-03, 19:25   Link #132
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I like the gothic and fall. Maybe a bright and cheerfull theme with bright color but not to wild.
Agreed. A darker theme will make the forum seemingly less cheerful.
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Old 2008-12-03, 22:12   Link #133
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Gothic ? Gothic ?

Get ready for Suigintou spammage!!!
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Old 2008-12-03, 22:54   Link #134
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Thanks for the compliments everyone.

Whatever ends up getting picked, I need to start scouring around for good pics to use.
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Old 2008-12-04, 11:31   Link #135
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Gothic ? Gothic ?

Get ready for Suigintou spammage!!!
Omg,I never believed that Gin moeness is that strong!
Forum banners with Suigintou will propably hit the spot!
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Old 2008-12-04, 23:00   Link #136
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7. All that said, I'm going to be compiling a list of all themes from this thread and will be discussing them with the rest of the staff later this week. We'll have a decision made early next week. And no, I'm not giving specific dates. I feel like being vague.
2 weeks and a half have passed. Has any progress been made?
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Old 2008-12-05, 00:02   Link #137
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The fall gradient, maybe, but I don't think that the gothic gradient will match the skins here.
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Old 2008-12-05, 03:38   Link #138
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2 weeks and a half have passed. Has any progress been made?
Yes, progress has been made. We've managed to narrow down the list considerably, and are just hashing out the details. I can't give a specific time when things will be "good enough", all I can say is "soon".
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Old 2008-12-10, 20:47   Link #139
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Are-you still narrowing the list or you will have soon the theme?
The more time it take for choosing the theme, the less it will remain for the creation/vote after all.
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Old 2008-12-11, 00:13   Link #140
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The theme is ready to go, we're trying to tweak the gradient a little bit. Don't worry about time. The contest will run for as long as I say it does.
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