function over form? Jul 16, 2018 17:14:23 GMT
Post by Clear on Jul 16, 2018 17:14:23 GMT
first off, this poll is quite binary for a reason, and i will explain why.
i often see it opined in the roleplay community that the function of a webpage is more important than how it looks. perhaps, on the fancier skins, the fonts are too small, the colours too bright, the navigation too awkward, the site loads too slowly. my question is: do you generally prefer the fanciful, high-tech, cutting edge, dressed-to-impress skins, even if they sacrifice clarity, or those which are more rudimentary, standardized, and get straight to the point, even if they are in otherwise questionable taste?
the poll is deliberately binary because it's intended as a survey of how you, as a player, act towards site skins (in this example, merely site skins) and not the why of it. for some it will be less a matter of preference, and more a matter of having encountered, 'i literally cannot read that unless i zoom my browser in' or 'the saturation gives me actual migraines'; legitimate reasons, however, my hope is that answers will pertain to what people generally look for in a skin. what their mindset is, perhaps.
best to vote before reading my own take lest ye be taken in by my mighty powers of persuasion, but for me i've always valued aesthetics more. fortunately, eyesight isn't a consideration for me in any way, and only once have i encountered a skin where the colours gave me any trouble.
usability is important, of course. your site has to be navigable. only, i've literally never before encountered a forum rp that wasn't navigable. i don't know where they are (haHAH). not in this corner of the internet, at least. there are, of course, better and worse.
however, i have come across many sites where i thought: "ah, really not a looker," and it's turned me right off the prospect of staring at it for long periods of time, for the next little epoch of my rp life.
in a phrase, i live for pretty, and as far back as i can remember the modern style of graphic design (whatever it was at the time) has appealed to me, so i very much appreciate a lot of skins that attempt to keep up with it.
but anyway, i'm more interested in what you think.