Imho we wouldn't loose much with only one style. You could create more but "more" that is several, not just one but as you said it takes resources and time so to me one style is enough (just make it nice plz ;) ).
Anyway, I've used MobyDark since I joined the site and like it far more than the "standard" theme, but I guess I don't really need it, if you say it's going to free up resources....
Personally I think the blue and white site looks much more professional and I think darker sites tend to be harder on the eyes so I only use MobyClassic.
If it eats up debug time and resources then I say get rid of it. I'd much rather see a lesser burden on you guys for all the wonderful programming you put into the site, as well as some free resources for the site. However according to how the polls go now, some people might be a little PO'd about it and one person even threatens to leave forever over it so maybe if a compromise can be reached between the MobyDark users.
I guess the best course of action would be to talk to the MobyDark users about it. I'm sure an understanding can be reached.
Hehehehe. Light side vs. Dark side. :-D
This is the biggest problem with doing polls about the theme. So many people who use the site never even change their preferences, so they have no idea what choices they have. Just because a large number say "go ahead" doesn't mean they think the theme is worse... many of them have never seen it and wouldn't know if it's good or bad.
Now, if the people who voted on the poll would all first try the theme and see what they thought, then it would be more accurate. But people just don't do that. :(
MobyDark is much better. I hate the other theme.
It's also easier for the eye (the brighter, the more tiring for the eyes).
So, why not trash mobyclassic instead ? :o)
I certainly wouldn't leave mobygames if the dark theme disappeared, but I may spend less time on it (because of the eyes thing)
-Memorable moments of Sith apprentices while using MobyDark.
Look at Myspace -- it looks like crap, but it's still insanely popular.
Features are much more valuable to the community and to the growth of the site.
People are not going to come back or link to you on their blogs or tell their friends about you just because you have a dark background.
But anyow, about features/time. Yes, we can add more features and that's important. But we can also create a better way to manage themes and perhaps find a way to allow others to help with that so that the time isn't being wasted on themes as it is now.
And, people WILL link back here because there isn't a site out there that is better for this information.
Ever since I became a member of Mobygames.com since way back near it's beginnings, I have always used the MobyDark theme. Whenever a new sub-site is introduced, I always change my settings so that all sub-sites use MobyDark. To me, it is much easier on the eyes and is more aesthetically pleasing to me.
I am well aware of the problems that have cropped up with new versions of the site being released and some of those changes causing bugs with the MobyDark theme. I have gone out of my way to report these bugs to Brian in as quickly a manner as possible so as to help keep this theme alive. He said he appreciates those bug reports and I thank him for working hard to fix them as fast as he does. I know you guys care about us MobyUsers, and that's probably one of the biggest reasons this site has come as far as it has.
It's a toss-up really, whether to dump the MobyDark theme in favour of investing more time and energy resources into other improvements to the site, or to maintain a somewhat popular alternative theme and to accept that aesthetics (and in some user's cases, readability) are just as important a "feature" as others currently in place or to come.
That's my two cents.
No matter what people say, look and feel is important. You may release the game with the best gameplay ever today, if it's in ASCII graphics, chances are you will only reach a really little niche.
Same for the website. I know of some websites which have great information over things that interest me but I almost never spend time on them because they don't look good to me.
Mobygames (with the dark theme) is both interesting and beautiful. The classic theme kind of disturbs me Please keep it the way it is.
Mobygames has been cybersquatted (588), Apr 24, 2006
I've used the dark theme ever since I've signed up, some 3+ years ago, so I usually even forget there is a choice.
I've been test-driving the light theme for a little while because of this very topic, and I gotta say I'd stick with the dark any day of the week. The light one is too bright, and feels too aggressive for the eyes.
Funnily enough, while testing the light theme I found out your avatar sort of looks like it was designed for it, rather than for the dark one ;P
Edit: That last sentence was for Riamus, God only knows why it keeps putting flipkin up there...
Well, a friend drew that for me in a much larger version and I've used it since. It was to be an image for my character in an upcoming MMORPG that got cancelled. Something of Dawn I think. I just like it. :D