So, this is an unfortunate day to pick to finally drop the hammer and make things happen around these parts, but what can you do. I suppose you could consider this a kind of reverse April Fool’s prank, since you’re not the one being pranked here.
The tech ghetto of the Freethought Blogs participants, including webmaster Matt and the guy Ed hired to build our new theme, have been tossing around ideas and CSS code on our back channel over the past two months. They’ve been quibbling over minor details and the whole blog has been through four separate and distinct redesigns, including several that were built off our present theme.
Things were getting a bit heated, and the process has stalled out completely, so I have taken it upon myself to take the most recent revision, convert it to a Stylish script and let you folks preview it without having to alter the server-side itself. The Stylish plugin allows you to override specific websites’ default behaviour, making them look or act differently.
It’s still a work in progress, and I strongly suspect I might even irritate some of the tech folks over this stunt. But hey, they’re the ones getting pranked!
Below the fold are detailed instructions for Firefox and Chrome users, and instructions for IE and Safari users that involve downloading Firefox or Chrome. Yeah, sorry.
First, you absolutely need either Firefox or Chrome to run this plugin. Sorry, that’s just how it works. Install either of those two browsers. If you don’t have either, I’d recommend Chrome as it’s a smaller, lighter initial download that downloads and installs the necessary components automatically.
Once Stylish is installed and you’ve restarted your browser, the script to install to see the new theme is right here. Go to that site, click on the “Install with Stylish” button (or what have you), then surf back to Freethought Blogs’ homepage.
I realize it’s a little rough around the edges. For instance, the top menu is a little weird over at Pharyngula, owing to PZ’s customized theme. Barring that, what do you folks think? Doesn’t it make the page much more readable and navigable? What would you like to see changed for usability purposes, etc.?