Greeting fellow FSB'ers! The time has come once again, to make another site theme, to highlight our FOTY of 2016 winner, "itwasFree!!!".
If you're not aware... then this probably won't matter to you but it might, if you're using a theme that gets swapped out on you. Our forum uses "skins" or "themes" that allow users to choose from multiple forum display options. These options basically change the top banner and the color scheme's used on the site and have no bearing on the content, only the presentation. If you've never used or seen the option, it's the drop down menu at the bottom left of the forum. Clicking the menu and choosing a different option will "re-skin" the entire websites framework for you. Again, this is just a visual display preference and has no bearing on the content of the forum. If you haven't tried it... give it a shot, it's pretty cool.
Each year, the winner of Fullsize Of The Year (FOTY) get's his/her Bronco featured on the top banner of the new years theme. The Bronco pictured tends to have an impact on the color schemes chosen to match well with the top banner by our Auto Guide/Vertical Scope graphics design department.
Over the years, we've built up quite a few different skins. Each skin that "wraps" the forum requires individual support from AG's tech team. Meaning... if there's a change or problem to be fixed on the forum, their support team has to go through each skin/theme to apply the same basic fix, individually. As we've built up theme's over the years, this has gotten to be a bigger and bigger resource hog for the AG team, who manages hundreds of different internet forums.
As we add new themes each year to make good on our FOTY winner's prize and to keep the site up-to-date, relevant and interesting, we need to swap out older FOTY theme's for newer ones. This just makes sense, from a practical point of view. At this point, we have 5 main themes to choose from.
FULL - This was one of our first site theme's and is basically FOTY 2015. It's an Aqua/Gray style for BroncoJoe96, FOTY 2014 winner.
FOTY 2016 - My personal choice. It's a Maroon/Black style for cstrike, FOTY 2015 winner.
Classic I - It's basically the same as FULL, featuring the same colors and BroncoJoe96's black Bronco.
Classic II - This one is a dark blue/white theme and was based on the forum appearance when AutoGuide took over from DSOTMOON/Joe.
Classic III - If any theme were to be labelled "Classic" this would be the one, imo. This maroon/red theme with blue lettering is the closest to the original fullsizebronco.com site that DSOTMOON/Joe made when he first started FSB, way back in 2003.
* Mobile - This scheme is obviously geared more toward our users who access FSB through phones, tablets and other mobile devices and it's not really relevant to this particular discussion. I don't have a smart-phone... mine is mildly retarded, so I have no idea what goes on with these. Sorry.
The Main Point:
So what we'd like to know is who is using what theme and why. We all know things change over time, especially in the world of digital media. We also know from experience, many people don't necessarily like change. Unfortunately, most things in this world change, adapt or they die. Rather than just force a change and tell everyone to suck it up and deal with it, AG Jeff and his team want to work with us to make the best changes we can and keep as many of our members as happy as we can. To do this... we're asking for input from the members, YOU. So please... vote for the skin you use and give us a little feedback on why.
The new FOTY 2017 theme will most likely replace the FULL (FOTY 2015) skin... but, if we can eliminate one or two of the Classic skins, we may be able to preserve an FOTY theme for 3 years, instead of 2 but if we have too many users using different Classic skins and preferring to stay that way, then we might just have to suck it up and deal. We do intend to keep at least one of the Classic themes as a "stable" platform for those that just don't want to deal with any changes, going forward. The main point being... to bring in the new, we have to eliminate at least one of the old and we'll be setting up a cycle for FSB themes that will last for years to come.
Since DSOTMOON/Joe created FSB, he/we have always made it a point to allow the membership to steer the direction of the site. AutoGuide came in after Joe sold us out (no offense Joe, wherever you may be) and has tried to do the same, within the framework of their corporate goals and despite a few hiccups now and then (damn hackers) and butting heads with us (your chosen staff members) they've done a pretty good job. So... give us your input folks. This isn't meant to be a bitch-fest, so let's keep it civil and on track and remember, you input counts around here and that's not something every forum out there can claim. Let's all help to make/keep FSB the best Fullsize Bronco site on the planet and... Thank you all for your time and consideration. Have a nice day!