Scary Paranormal Stories & Short Horror Microfiction

Creepypasta

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As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a new layout currently up and running. This was created in response to the frequent complaints that I was receiving about the white text on black being abrasive and hard on the eyes. This is my attempt to make things a bit more comfortable for everyone that was complaining. Please keep in mind that this is only a test run, so before you decide to sacrifice me to the lions and send me 10,000 emails about how I’m the most useless human being on the planet because I changed a theme, take a deep breath, calm down, and read the rest of the post!

If you absolutely hate it, please leave a comment on this post letting me know in a polite fashion. If you like it, but would prefer a specific tweak to the color scheme, feel free to suggest that as well. If you prefer this to the older theme, that is also something that I would like to hear about.

There are a couple things to note about this theme:

  • It is what you could call ‘responsive’ – it will automatically resize the site based on the size of the browser accessing it. So if you make your browser window smaller or, for example, visit through a phone or a tablet or whatnot, the site should be displaying proportionally to your screen. This way, mobile viewers can still see the various features – like popular posts and random posts – that were missing from the prior mobile theme.
  • The header image can easily be changed and we can even set it up to rotate through various images. The one up there right now is pretty much just a placeholder. If you guys decide that you’d prefer this theme, I’m not opposed to having reader-created headers up there! If it’s decided that we’re sticking with this theme, I may even run a contest related to the header.
  • The color scheme CAN be changed. So if you prefer this theme but with the old, darker color scheme, that is something worth telling me.

Now, before it’s suggested, unfortunately I have yet to find a ‘theme switcher’ plugin that actually works for our purposes. Most of them are either hopelessly outdated or have specific requirements (will only work on certain themes or will only display the theme switcher for admins) that make them out of the question. So for now, we have to make a choice.

Thanks for your time, and I look forward to hearing your polite opinions.

EDIT 10/5: Since most of the comments seemed to favor at least trying out the new layout with a darker color scheme, here it is. Let me know what you think! It’s light gray on dark gray this time, so here’s hoping that such a combination will be easier to deal with for those with sensitive eyes.

Also, the pumpkin ratings are just a cute thing since it’s October – don’t freak out if you dislike them, we’ll go back to the dark stars once Halloween is over. I just really like Holiday themed stuff, deal!

Also, in bold and reiterated since quite a few of you clearly either didn’t read or didn’t understand the first time: we HAVE to choose one theme or the other. Theme switcher capabilities CANNOT BE IMPLEMENTED right now. Suggest it until you’re blue in the face, but I can’t do it! Trust me, if it was an option, we’d be using it already.

  • Jessica

    I like the old layout. The white text black background puts me in the creepy mood while reading. It’s actually better for me. I am blind in my left eye, so I don’t know why people were straining to read. Its easier having the dark background and light text because it doesn’t cast shadows or give me double vision. I’m not jumping lines and losing my place as I do with most books. Also, this loaded horribly on my windows phone. So from someone who is legally blind, the old way works.

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    • Fo

      Looks fine on my phone.

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      • Fo

        HOLY SHIT THREADED COMMENTS YOU GUYS

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        • Anonymous

          What the heck Jessica, this new gray layout one is way better than that old fashion eye straining layout. You sure must not know about the good stuff if you prefer the old eye straing head burning layout. This one also looks neater.
          If they do cahnge it though (preferably not), I hope they don’t revert it to the previos old terrible disgusting boring layout that was even more terrible than the worse crappypast in crappypasta.com.

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        • Riley

          Why don’t you tell us how you really feel.

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  • janniex

    I prefer the older layout i feel odd in this new one and i almost thought i mistyped the address .-.

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    • Anonymous

      People, please don’t give this person anymore votes if you don’t want that crappy old layout anymore.

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  • Fo

    I prefer the new layout, but with the color scheme of the old one.

    This new theme is cleaner and better than the other one, but I want the dark background back!

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  • the pook

    Is there anyway we can get the old theme with this same layout?? I much prefer it to the old one.

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    • http://www.creepypasta.com derpbutt

      By old theme with same layout, you mean the current look but with darker colors, right?

      Yes, that can absolutely be done if you guys decide it’s what you want.

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      • Beefnuts

        That sounds like the best option – The old colour scheme added to the atmosphere and somehow put more emphasis on the text. (In my opinion)

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        • Anonymous

          Now, I can agree to that. I bet most people do too.

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  • Willo

    I like the old layout better. its better to read with the white text and black background. the new layout is also really bright and i had to look to see if it was the right site i typed in

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  • RedBeans

    yup i agree with the pook i like this new layout but prefered the older colour scheme p.s please warn us next time your going to do this !! i was going skitz thinking the site had crashed !!

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  • Anonymous

    Love the new layout, but prefer the black background. It (black background) certainly added to the mood and ambience of the fact that this is a website for creepy/scary/spooky stories meant to scare you and give you chills.

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  • Red

    I want it back in black! The black background certainly added to the mood and ambience of the creepy stories on this website.

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  • tonyarceus777

    I like this new layout, I’d just prefer a darker background.

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  • Shelby

    I liked the original format. Like other users have noted, it gave a creepy element to the readings, and this white format just makes me feel like I’m reading recipes.

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  • Fray

    I much prefer darker colors but the layout is acceptable, but this really deducts the eerie factor when indulging into the stories I read. The features should be kept though, it really useful especially for mobile users like me.

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  • http://Facebook Valkerie Nightstalker

    I enjoyed the old one, but this one gives some life to the page don’t you think?

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  • Teresa

    I like how clean this one is but I liked the white text with black background….made it a bit more creepy while reading.

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  • The Narrator

    Ah! My eyes!
    But seriously, I preferred the older layout and theme far more, but I have a feeling that this layout will be kept 5ever…

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    • Anonymous

      Hopefully this new theme is actually kept for ever, since it is easier to use on mobile devices.

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  • Dalton

    I love the new layout. But, the old color scheme was a lot better. Nice look, though!

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  • ReDdevil

    This is good but i like dark background with white text cause it gives a creepy and dark feeling & would suit best for creepypasta.

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  • Marli666

    I like it, but the bright white hurts my eyes, where the white on black never did.

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    • Kat

      This, exactly.

      I love the idea of the header being changeable (as much as I loved the mouseover sections), but changing this layout to white-text-on-black would be best, in my opinion at least—and not just to cater to us eye-hurty people, but also because I agree with 99% of the comments I’ve read so far that the white-text-on-black suited the creepy ambience.

      Now I just feel like I’m reading regular short stories, and that’s… disappointing, to say the least.

      Again, though, just my opinion. :D

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  • Ian

    I felt like my heartbroke when I found out you had changed the theme. I mean, changes are cool but the “creepy” atmosphere that I used to is all gone now. Sites like these aren’t supposed to look like this. Maybe you should add an option where one can choose the theme they want to use.

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    • Minina

      I agree. A way to change the way you read the stories to suit the person. Whether that’s my personal favorite, (Black background, white letters) or the other’s request of the now white background and black text.

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  • Christi

    I like this layout better. The white on black was really too strenuous on the eyes. I’m not crazy about black on white either though. Maybe darken up to a grey. The strong contrast between white and black is going to be stressful to peepers no matter which way you go. When all is said and done though, I come here for the content, not for the eye appeal. :)

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  • Leviathos

    I hate this theme :P
    Maybe bring back the old one but let people choose which theme they want.
    I thought I was on the wrong site at first and not to mention it’s too bright for this kind of sight..

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  • Velshtein

    I like the new layout a lot but really prefer the old darker colors.

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  • Len Lye

    Yea this white color scheme is a little bright and heavenly for my taste, I need the site as dark as the subject content.

    However I kinda like this new format. So darker colors please!

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  • Sal Flamel

    Hello there. I do not like this layout. It is excessively bright and hurts my eyes. It also reduces the level of creepy-ness when reading stories.

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  • oOSolemn-SilenceOo

    Please change it back to the former theme. It gives it a better effect for the desire of reading Creepypastas.

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  • Turtles.

    I like the old one but with this color theme. Or just the plain old one.

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