This is definitely among the prettiest forums I've ever seen. Seriously. At any rate it's very high up there -- I'd have to think back to all the forums I've seen if I wanted to make a real comparison. (Of course, to be fair: the vast majority of hosts don't put a great deal of effort into beautifying their forums, as you've obviously done here.) Really: a lot of excellent work went into this. From the papyrus background to the mottled (rather than solid) grey of the message windows. Nice.
BW: Who does the graphic work for these forums and for Eschalon? Whoever does the graphics & color selection is really quite good at it.
I'd never have thought this combination of light greys and very pale light blues of the text edit box . . . under medium blue text . . . would actually look good
. Very strange, because they sort of clash with the surrounding background colors -- particularly the papyrus -- yet... I actually like
I don't think the light yellow for the links quite works for me against the light grey, but it does against the darker colors, and I suspect the css files won't allow you to discriminate. And anyway... the rest is quite good.
At the bottom of the main page where it shows 'who's on line' has some of them disappearing.
No, no, this is perfect. See: the bots are supposed
to blend in with the background. It's what they do. They come in unseen. Nobody knows they're here. After all: they're bots. They're not like us humans. They're special.
EDIT: Back to the colors: BW: How about, instead of light yellow for the links, going for red? I think that might work better, all around.