I have a very plain journal and all I still seem to have is a plain black stripe. If I go to do things in profile I see the silly headers, but not in my normal LJ stuff.
I apparently use
Generator by evan
Mine is also very plain, and doesn't get altered by LJ:
Black on White
Variable Flow by Martin Atkins
(I then customised it so that it's pale blue, and the header isn't black any more it's the same pale blue as the rest, but it's very simple.)
I have a Basic account, and I think the underlying schema is 'Lynx' (or it was at one time). None of the fancy things. I suspect that it's the fancy ones which get altered by LJ.
Mine is also very plain: Everblue with Grays, Generator by everdred.
I don't think mine is changed as people look at it from outside--it's when I go to "home," which I have to do to navigate around it--that I get the stupid extraneous headers.
My design has never once been changed by LJ, either before or after I became a paid member (which was only recently). I wonder if there's a setting somewhere that you need to turn off. I'll have a poke around and let you know if I find anything.
Aye. I think I installed the 'boxes' S2 style about 4 years ago, and it's been the same ever since. It even lets me see other people's LJ pages in the same format, which I really like
Terie, my design as seen by visitors hasn't changed. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about the appearance of the "home" area, where you can navigate your own LJ. What's new in the past two months is that the banner area (the header as they call it) has these designs that have "won" their contest thing. If you have managed to shut off changes there, that's what I'd like to do.
Okay, I get it now. I've always had a pretty ugly design for posting and such, but it doesn't change. Based on what some others here posted, I guess I've got mine set to Dystopia (as you can see here http://www.teriegarrison.com/4EMoon/LJ1.gif
). I don't know if that will have all the features, but it's worth a try, I imagine.
Here's what it looks like (as I said, ugly, but doesn't ever change): http://www.teriegarrison.com/4EMoon/LJ2.gif
Dunno if this helps at all. :-)
Um. I'm not seeing your page any different to normal. At least I don't think so. Certainly no red/pink/pale blue. Maybe they put it back?
It's the home page that's changed. I just checked mine because I have the same boring -- soothing, easy to read -- background on my journal. The page one has to access to post, rather than to read.
Edited at 2010-05-15 10:17 am (UTC)
Exactly...not the page visitors see, but the page I have to access to post, edit profile, access my friends' list, etc.
One possible solution (you may have tried this and hated it, if so I apologise for suggesting it) is to change the scheme you view the site in - if you go here: http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=display
and change "Site Scheme" about halfway down to be "Lynx (light)" then you don't get the headers at all. A lot of the menus seem to vanish too, so it may end up removing stuff you actually use, I don't know.
That may be it, I've been using XColibur for years (ever since it stopped being the default) and have never seen all the changes people talk about.
I don't think I've ever even used the "home" page.
Now I'm confused again. How do you post? Upload images? Etc?
At the top of my 'friends' page is a link saying 'post'. I have no idea about images, though (apart from uploading them to my real web site and puting a img tag in the post).
A couple of ways. (Forgive me if I'm telling you things you already know, I'm just being thorough rather than condescending!)
One way I post is to use the Semagic client program. I use this if I'm writing a long post that I want to format specially, proofread, or think about before posting. You get clients here: http://www.livejournal.com/download/
When I go to my main journal page, there is an Update Journal at the top of the page, which looks like this:
(OK, thumbnail refusing to show for some reason, see here: http://pics.livejournal.com/fiatincantatum/pic/0005xztr
On all non "real journal page" pages (individual posts, the Home page, my profile page, etc) there is a stripe across the top that looks like this:
You can see the "Journal" option is highlighted, with the submenu underneath.
The same header appears on my Home page, here with the Profile option highlighted (and attendant sub-menu):
If that makes sense?
It does indeed: thank you. I like that clean look, even though it's not the same as mine, and you do indeed have the menu bar in a convenient place. And no clutter on the Home page.
Now...to figure out how to get that for myself...(but not until all the other chores of the day are done, alas.)
Haven't tried it, because I didn't know about it--thanks! I do use more than one function--upload pictures, check out the friends list every few days, etc.
But I can always undo it if I don't like it.
The Lynx-light thing won't work for me, because it cuts too many functions I use, and the links to the few it includes are down at the bottom of the page, not at the top where they're handier.
For instance, it gives me no access to Scrapbook and no access to my journal as a whole (IOW, I can't look at it and decide which post I want to read or read comments on.)
Do you use Adblock in your browser? (If not, you should. Unless you spend a lot of time looking at videos and such it makes the browsing experience far more pleasant.) If you do, just right click on the image and tell adblock to hide it. I do that with most moving icons too. Reduces my page distraction load immensely.
In Firefox you can also go to about:config and change image.animation_mode to once (or none if you don't want them to animate at all, once goes through the animation cycle once for each icon and then stops on the last image). Some of the animations are really fast and annoying, especially on a 'friends' page when there are several of them.
I also use NoScript, whech usually blocks things like Flasg videos but if I want to see then I only have to click on the blocking icon to unblock them (and then often once more to actually start them).
I agree. The current header background makes it impossible to read many of the function text parts of the header. I do not want it to be Art. It is a header. I want it to be a tool. I do not want someone's idea of pretty on my header for the same reason I do not want lace on my hammer: it gets in the way.
I do not want someone's idea of pretty on my header for the same reason I do not want lace on my hammer: it gets in the way.
May I quote you?
Elizabeth if ysabetwordsmith agrees, may I point to this as the source of the quote?
Yes, you are welcome to quote me. I'm glad you found the description useful.