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Another !**! header design contest [May. 15th, 2010|12:14 am]
e_moon60
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I hate, loathe, despise having someone else's header design on my "home" LJ page.  HATE it.   It's the place I have to come, to navigate my LJ, and yet now I'm being stuck with someone else's header idea (I wanted my own--just my own--on my own page ALL THE TIME.  Barring that, the plain blue banner strip.  ALL THE TIME.  The current one, all in red/pink/pale blue, hurts my eyes.   The colors clash with my userpic, and it's all splashy and noisy.  ICK.  It was bad enough when they imposed holiday banner designs (as for Halloween). 

And now it looks like LJ has decided to keep doing this, and impose CHANGING images by someone else every blinkin' month.   WHY couldn't they have set it up so each person could put his/her own header designs on his/her own page, using an easy definition of the size you could just upload to your own journal?   Oh gosh, that would give us too much freedom.   Oh gosh, that wouldn't allow them to be all cutesy in their announcements.   Oh gosh, maybe that stupid goat wouldn't like it.  

Yeah, you guessed it, I'm not happy about this.   I want my plain dark blue stripe back, if I can't put up the header design I  want.   I don't want to impose (or attempt to impose) my header design on other people--I just want my header to be the same until I choose to change, and I'd really like to be able to upload my own header designs to my own LJ.   I also didn't like it that they rearranged the layout of the page so that things are in a different place, a month or so ago.  I did say this to "them" but of course "they" didn't answer.   They're too busy patting each other on the back and bragging about themselves. 

Grump. 


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[User Picture]From: romsfuulynn
2010-05-15 07:43 am (UTC)
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
Nautical
Generator by evan

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[User Picture]From: keristor
2010-05-15 08:20 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-15 04:02 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: teriegarrison
2010-05-15 07:52 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: sobrique
2010-05-15 09:50 am (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-15 04:04 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: teriegarrison
2010-05-15 06:18 pm (UTC)
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. :-)
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[User Picture]From: masgramondou
2010-05-15 08:05 am (UTC)
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?

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[User Picture]From: catlinye_maker
2010-05-15 10:15 am (UTC)
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)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-15 04:05 pm (UTC)
Exactly...not the page visitors see, but the page I have to access to post, edit profile, access my friends' list, etc.
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[User Picture]From: pling
2010-05-15 10:49 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: fiatincantatum
2010-05-15 12:28 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-15 04:08 pm (UTC)
Now I'm confused again. How do you post? Upload images? Etc?
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[User Picture]From: keristor
2010-05-15 05:18 pm (UTC)
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).
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[User Picture]From: fiatincantatum
2010-05-15 07:09 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-15 07:42 pm (UTC)
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.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-15 04:10 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-05-15 04:21 pm (UTC)
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.)

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[User Picture]From: galbinus_caeli
2010-05-15 12:34 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: keristor
2010-05-15 01:18 pm (UTC)
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).
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[User Picture]From: ysabetwordsmith
2010-05-16 01:05 am (UTC)

Yes...

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.
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2010-05-17 01:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes...

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?
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[User Picture]From: ysabetwordsmith
2010-05-17 04:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Yes...

Yes, you are welcome to quote me. I'm glad you found the description useful.
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