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I'll give a second answer - suppose you have successfully deployed from github.

I'll give a second answer - suppose you have successfully deployed from github.github - how to edit skins now?

One method is to have a separate skin directory and change the skin setting in the /settings url (as in the document that you've mentioned).

This way the files that you've copied are "yours" completely, which actually brings the following problem: if one of those files in the default skin changes in an important way - you'll have to replicate those changes in your custom skin. This may not be a lot of fun.

An alternative (but it requires use and some understanding of the git system) is that you just edit anything in askbot/skins/default tree, commit that stuff into your repository, then merge in any updates. This way it will be possible to "upgrade" your custom skin in the future.

I'll give a second answer - suppose you have successfully deployed from github - how to edit skins now?

One method is to have a separate skin directory and change the skin setting in the /settings url (as in the document that you've mentioned).

This way the files that you've copied are "yours" completely, which actually brings the following problem: if one any of those files in the default skin changes in an important way template tags/variables change - you'll have to replicate those changes in your custom skin. This may not be a lot of fun.fun. Also I plan to rewrite skins in Jinja2 some time down the road for extra speed - so default skin is an area of future changes.

An alternative (but it requires use and some understanding of the git system) is that you just edit anything in askbot/skins/default tree, commit that stuff into your repository, then merge in any updates. This way it will be possible to "upgrade" your custom skin in the future.