So the new theme has launched to beta and is available for testing. One of the most obvious things that is missing is that the site no longer has its star field custom image background. There is a hint of it left in the top right corner and in the footer (though not the meta footer) but overall it's missing. The reason for this is that:
They're style-able to an extent. The text in the sidebar still has to be black, so they have to be pale enough for the black text to be legible, which wouldn't be possible with the star field. – Catija♦ 16 hours ago
So, this means even going with the black at the side of the main page is a no go. However, Mathematics.SE does have a custom image and on enquiring to Catija about this in chat it should be possible to get a custom image here too:
Possibly, but probably not until after the full network rollout is done. The sidebars can be a pattern as long as it doesn't obscure the text's readability. Y'all are free to have a separate discussion about solutions for this if you want. Things like replacing the top bar black with the star field is probably easy to revert... though I'm not certain... new elements are different.
The way I see it we have a few options at this point:
- Stick with what we have in the new theme
- Try and hold out on the chance for a dark theme later on so the star field would be possible
- Design a new background image and see if SE will use that (this new image would have to be light though so the black text on the left nav would be readable)
What should we do here?