I couldn't sleep last night and was browsing my phone for a couple hours waiting for the blue light to completely ruin my chances of getting any shut eye. Dark Mode which I had enabled, which is easier on the eyes especially when you should be asleep anyway, wasn't available for certain websites, stack exchange included, and I wanted to find out why.
I found out 2 things, well 3 things.
After some googling I discovered that any forced changes google chrome was contemplating to force enable dark mode for all websites have been quietly backtracked.
Stack overflow recently overhauled their code to enable dark mode as an option (March 2020). It looks very nice when reading when you should be asleep.
- Sadly, On DESKTOP version of .se not mobile version. A very handy blog article from the techie involved with the overhaul is available, that even a complete noob like me could follow/understand the effort required.
- This change won't be foisted on all the stacks unilaterally cos of unique colour schemes etc. It'll be up to each community to work on. (I don't know how these code changes would be made...)
For now, we have no plans to bring dark mode to the many sites across the Stack Exchange network. Many of the designs on our sites have been around long enough that converting them to dark mode would require redoing the artwork completely. We would prefer to avoid giving anyone across our network a substandard experience and we don’t want to change those elements without the input of these communities.
So are there any future plans or hopes to enable dark mode on worldbuilding: Either desktop or mobile-friendly versions?
Is there anything in particular holding us back from doing it?
Is there any particular desire for it amongst our members?
I checked wb.meta for any previous discussions about dark mode and couldn't find anything. So curious if this is a potential future option or not.