wow, who's theme are you using your site looks very nice..My board is dark. I want to move it to a light-based theme, but my members will bite my head off if I do that it seems. I want White because it's probably more user-friendly, and it's more neutral than any one side of the spectrum which inevitably results in SOME not liking it.
Yay and nay.I actually leave a site if there is a dark background. This is a general silly thing about my personality so please do not be offended but I tend to relate a dark background to a teen thinking they are being "cool" and "hackerish" ... so I close the tab quickly on any site with a dark background.
As you age, reading dark sites becomes a nightmare. Especially those where you can tell the admin is very young and would prefer a "cool" look over readability.
You can still have a very readable dark style if you deploy appropriate colours and good gradient usage. I see what your saying though if your referring to those high contrast dark themes but dark styles can still retain good readability for the ageing sector.As you age, reading dark sites becomes a nightmare. Especially those where you can tell the admin is very young and would prefer a "cool" look over readability.
If you're going to have a dark background, you have to ensure the text is easy to read. Nothing makes me leave a site faster than seeing a black background and blue text.