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I'd like to talk about an issue that has been bugging me for the longest time: the colour of the links on the RSW's custom skin. The only reason I have a problem is because in large bodies of text, and on certain computers, the links and the regular text gets hard to distinguish, and a tad annoying to browse through pages. I'd like to ask that links be changed to an easier colour to use, such as something darker, like the buttons we've got, or something lighter. Adam SavageTalk 20:22, August 10, 2011 (UTC)


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Support - As creator. Adam SavageTalk 20:22, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - Something darker or something lighter? svco4bY.png3Gf5N2F.png 21:38, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Whichever works best, as per my IRC. Adam SavageTalk 21:42, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Oppose - Something lighter would be counter-intuitive if you're having trouble identifying them. That being said, I do like the current color we have and I have no problems identifying links, and (as far as I know) no other person I know has trouble either. I think there is a way to change them through css for you though. ɳex undique 21:42, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Oppose - It just seems to be an isolated incident, as seeing as you don't seem to have no specific colour in mind, I cannot say whether it'd be a good idea. And like Rsa, I don't have any issues with the colour scheme at present What I've done Ciphrius Kane Talk 21:49, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Notice - In response to the opposes and comments, I've placed a poll and a page to look at above. Adam SavageTalk 21:54, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Never use a poll in a forum topic. Ryan PM 22:09, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Oppose - If you want something different, do it in your own CSS with a { color: #006CB0; } if you want the original blue for the Oasis/Wikia skin. The reason it's the color it is was due to Forum:Propose a new theme. There is no reason to change the link color without doing it to whole skin. If it's a problem with the monitor, change the brightness and contrast. Ryan PM 22:09, August 10, 2011 (UTC)

Why so aggressive? Just a suggestion, don't get all puffed up about it. Adam SavageTalk 23:17, August 10, 2011 (UTC)
Not aggressive, informative. Not puffed up, irritated by poll in relation to democracy being nonexistent here. Ryan PM 05:45, August 11, 2011 (UTC)

This is completely irrelevant to Monobook, right? --Andorin (Talk) (Contribs) 05:47, August 11, 2011 (UTC)

Correct. Suppa chuppa Talk 05:48, August 11, 2011 (UTC)

Oppose - Why don't you just post screenshots of this? Because examples-of-how-the-colours-are-hard-to-differentiate-from-other-text-that-look-completely-fine-to-others are a tad pointless, no? Matt (t) 07:55, August 11, 2011 (UTC)

Semi-support - I like the color, but a darker one would be better to use. Youdead0018:55, August 29, 2011 (UTC)

Visited Link Colour

New proposal also about link color - Currently there is no way to tell the difference between a visited link and an unvisited link, while that is a very useful feature. I suggest we let the color of links change when they are visited, so it is easier to see what you've visited already and what not (a lot of sites have this, such as Wikipedia and Google, but also all other skins than Oasis). Personally I find this very useful, and have already done it to my own css, but I think many other users would find this useful too. The code for making all visited links red:

.WikiaPageContentWrapper a:visited {
color:red !important;
a:visited.wikia-button, .wikia-single-button a:visited, .tools a:visited, .wikia-menu-button a:visited, .button a:visited, button a:visited {
color:white !important;

The second part is for making all links in wikia buttons like this stay white, as making those brown like the rest of all links would make it very hard to see the text on it. Therefore, only the first part with the "red" should be changed when changing the colors. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 10:17, August 11, 2011 (UTC)

Visited links should be brown instead of red, as not to confuse them with broken links. Ts4kNfA.png 01:53, August 20, 2011 (UTC)
Yaya red was just as example. We could use one of the examples in User:Adam Savage/Link Colour Test for visited links or so. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 12:13, August 21, 2011 (UTC)

Notice of intent - If someone wants to change the color of a visited link, then speak up now before this gets closed. --LiquidTalk 19:19, August 15, 2011 (UTC)

Support changing visited links - Probably not a strong support but I don't think there's an overwhelmingly better choice between doing this or not. Obviously, this shouldn't be too much down to personal preference since it affects everyone. I do think it would be a useful functionality to have, and that it would be useful to readers. I also think I'm right in saying that links behaved in this way prior to the skin change so in a way it's just returning it. Don't think I can say much more without descending to explaining what the internet is and what a link does. As for the colour, I think the lightened link in Adam's example seems reasonable. I was previously concerned because we're working with brown links, but I think an off-brown could be found to work just as well as the normal blue/purple combo. --Henneyj 23:22, August 21, 2011 (UTC)

Notice of intent #2 - If the visited link color is to be changed, then more discussion must occur! --LiquidTalk 20:33, August 22, 2011 (UTC)

Support - Yes, it's definitely useful to readers to make visited links a different colour. Dragon 2h sword old.pngCallofduty4 Talk 16:31, August 23, 2011 (UTC)

Support with conditions - While I think there should be a different colour for visited links, it should most certainly not be a bright red. Firstly, red links usually mean the page does not exist, and I'd rather not every page I've ever visited clash with that. Not to mention visited links are usually a color rather similar to the link colour (eg, Wikipedia's blue links become purple when visited). I think we'd need to agree on a colour in specific for visited links. Perhaps a dark orange? Hofmic Talk 06:42, August 26, 2011 (UTC)

I was more thinking of one of the examples Adam gave in User:Adam Savage/Link Colour Test. The red was just an example to make clear what the code did. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 08:52, August 28, 2011 (UTC)

Selecting the color

The discussion above only established a desire for a different color; it never actually set forth an actual color. Therefore, to make things simple, I am going to ask that users look at AB6503 and 704100 in the link that Joey provided.

  • AB6503 (lighter color)
  • 7F571F (unvisited link color)
  • 704100 (darker color)

If you don't like either of those, feel free to propose your own. --LiquidTalk 04:12, September 13, 2011 (UTC)

Support #AB6503 - Easier to distinguish from the others. Hofmic Talk 04:22, September 13, 2011 (UTC)

Changed to Support #7F571F - In retrospective... Hofmic Talk 08:16, September 23, 2011 (UTC)

Support #AB6503 - Clear differnce between visited and unvisited links JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 09:01, September 13, 2011 (UTC)

Support AB6503 - Per Hofmic/Joey. Smithing (talk | contribs) 20:53, September 13, 2011 (UTC)

Support #AB6503 - A whole lot clearer What I've done Ciphrius Kane Talk 15:52, September 15, 2011 (UTC)

Support #7F571F - #AB6503 looks like vomit to me, and I have absolutely no problems with the current colour.OMG! Ronan Talk 16:06, September 15, 2011 (UTC)

Support #7F571F - Orange? ORANGE?? Nty. Darker brown or no change at all please. sssSp7p.pngIjLCqFF.png 16:40, September 15, 2011 (UTC)

Changed to the color we already have. I'd rather have #704100 if I must choose another. sssSp7p.pngIjLCqFF.png 16:59, September 18, 2011 (UTC)

Support #7F571F - There is nothing wrong with the current colour, and the brighter colour just doesn't fit in. I wouldn't mind the darker colour, but would rather the current colour to stay. Hunter cape (t).png Sentra246Blue hallowe'en mask.png 09:01, September 16, 2011 (UTC)

Suggest #A7814A - Still fits while not making visited links hard to distinguish from unvisited links. -Hourglass (2011 Hallowe'en event) detail.png I Am Me Talk III The Spark.png- 12:05, September 18, 2011 (UTC)

Support #7F571F - I don't see any advantage to changing how visited links might work. Seeing as this skin ignores most "visited" attributes in modern browsers, I don't see how this was going to work in the first place. Ryan PM 06:21, September 20, 2011 (UTC)

Well, at least you brought up your concerns about visited attributes earlier in the discussion. --Henneyj 02:35, September 25, 2011 (UTC)

#7F571F - I don't like the other options; lighter is harder to see and darker looks too much like a redlink. ajr 22:36, September 22, 2011 (UTC)

Comment - If this proposal does not pass, users can still add the CSS code to their wikia.css to have the change for themselves, if they want. The same applies the other way around: if this does pass and people don't want visited links to be different to unvisited links, they can add the code with the original color #7F571F. Just wanted to say that in case anyone did not know. JOEYTJE50TALKpull my finger 07:19, September 23, 2011 (UTC)

Closed - The consensus is to make visited links the same color as unvisited links. --LiquidTalk 23:00, September 30, 2011 (UTC)