Please consider not using black or very dark text in USN.

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  1. FAST6191
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    GBAtemp presently features two themes- you can select them down the bottom left of the page, via http://gbatemp.net/misc/style?redirect=/ or in http://gbatemp.net/account/preferences
    One is a light theme and the other is a dark theme (far nicer for those that do not wish to get a suntan from their daily foruming). Naturally the colours are set to change with each but you can override the theme colours in your posts using the markup.

    However if you select dark colors or black, doubly so when you put them in a quote (#333333 is the colour in the quote below), it causes them to be very hard to read or even totally invisible to users of the dark theme. Do not worry too much about it as staff will usually fix it should it be troubling but as you probably take extra steps to change colours, fonts, sizes and such like it is hopefully not a burden.

    Theoretically the same could apply to users of the dark theme posting in the light one but we have not encountered that thus far.
     
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    It's invisible here.
    Dark theme.
     
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    don't use the dark theme than = SOLVED
     
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    Or just highlight the parts you wanna read. That's how I do spoilers in forums that don't support spoiler tags, I color 'em the same as the background color. It hides them, but highlighting the post reveals the text.

    Congratulations! You found a hidden text!
     
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    The dark theme is far more pleasant to the eyes.
    Puts a lot less strain on your sight.
     
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    *Then (Also, that's actually incorrect, it should be "Then don't use the dark theme")

    Anyway,
    Please, enlighten me as to why the users who enjoy the dark theme should be forced to highlight text inside a quote.
     
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    Because I post in whatever color I choose, just as dark theme users wanna use a dark theme. It's nice of people to ask that people refrain from using dark colors, but it goes both ways too, to ask dark theme users to just highlight posts they are having difficulty reading because of the font colors.

    Tit for tat. Granted, I'm not in the habit of changing font colors here, which I usually did in many other forums before here. I mainly use this color.
     
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    I find the opposite. Light text on a dark screen sends my eyes wappy - I look away from the screen and see lines everywhere. Maybe it's because I always sit in a dark room?
     
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    You could always not use a custom color at all for text you want to be black, in which case it will appear black to people using the normal theme and white-ish to people using the dark theme. Mostly the issue is people using #000000 or something similar for pretty much no reason whatsoever.
     
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    Black background and white text?
    Yes That's indeed annoying, I have the same effect.

    However the 'temp's Dark theme is dark greyish and the font colour is light greyish.
    It's way softer for the eyes.
     
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    This forum had a dark theme? Why didn't I know this?
     
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    I just switched. Gotta say that this forum style is nicer (better contrast and such). :)


    I'm kind of curious, though...shouldn't it be mentioned that this goes the other way around as well?

    EDIT: my bad...hadn't noticed it was already mentioned in the OP. :shy:
     
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    It's actually a non-issue for me, because I rarely change font colors, and rarer even to choose black, as I mentioned in my previous post (which I edited to reflect that). And it's not like the things I say are super important anyways. I just use the default color.

    But if for whatever reason somebody uses a font color that makes it hard for somebody else to read it, then it goes without saying: do something about it, or deal with it as it is.
     
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    I've got to say, this black and white divide is slightly uncomfortable.
     
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    The reason most people are using black text is likely due to the rich text editor.
    When you copy text from another site and paste it in the editor, it'll keep all the formatting.
    So if the original site uses a dark font, it'll be dark when pasted as well.
    Since most people likely use the light theme, they won't even notice.
     
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    I can read that perfectly in the standard theme. :rolleyes:

    However I guess you guys can't read this.
     
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    I didn't know that, I've been suffering from some vision discomfort and since gbatemp was hacked they've been using this really clear theme that did not help at all. Already switched to the dark theme. Thanks! B-)

    EDIT:

    I can read this fine using dark theme, the dark grey font is the problem, especially when you put the dark text inside a quote

    I can barely read this in dark theme...

     
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    People should just use the "Default" colour, that way the skin will use one that'll be visible. Simples.
     
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    Maybe they should just change the site over to a dark theme, its way better.
     
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    BrOtHeRs wHy dOnT We jUsT MaKe tHe dArK ThEmE MoThErFuCkInG LiGhTeR?
     
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