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It would be nice if users could add their own styles to the CSS-Rules on SO. This is nothing more than a textarea in the user preferences that takes precedence over the default styles.

Users could create themes that are easier for them to use, and share with others. Sure, I could use my own local browser to override the styles, but that won't benefit me working on the other two machines that I visit regularly from.

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You can already do custom stylesheets for websites with your web browser and some add on developer tools (or some are like that right out of the box). Having SO implement it on it's own seems to be a big waste.

Edit: See this answer for more details

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Jonathan Sampson: What you are asking is for SO to allow for users to hack their own solutions up on their own. I don't see how it is any different typing in your styles in a text area on SO instead of using a tool that is already out there (and would allow you to do more customization than just SO). –  TheTXI Jun 30 '09 at 13:14
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@Jonathan: custom stylesheets is a really really expensive thing for a site to provide for very little real benefit, especially over the available solutions –  bananakata Jun 30 '09 at 13:14
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I tend to recommend pipes greasemonkey, etc for things I really don't expect Jeff and Crew to do. This is one of them. 97% of people will never use it, and the few who will could accomplish the same thing with a client workaround. –  Tom Ritter Jun 30 '09 at 13:21
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Wow. Sampson lives in an awesome dreamworld. I thought TheTXI with all his pony fantasies was way 'out there', but Sampson is taking that ball and running with it. –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 13:25
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@Rich B - Sorry to see that people will be ridiculed for attempting to contribute. –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 13:29
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@Sampson: You are not contributing. You are asking the dev team to take time away from important things to implement a feature on the website that can already be (very adequately) handled client side. That is the opposite of contributing. –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 13:34
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@Sampson: sigh What do you not understand? The feature already exists. There is /no/ reason to do it server side. That is why it keeps getting declined. You /have/ the tools. /Use/ them. –  GEOCHET Jun 30 '09 at 13:42
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Styling is already open to the community, again, through the tools that are already out there. There is nothing truly holding you back from creating themes out of interest in the site, other than your reluctance to use tools that are already in high use. –  TheTXI Jun 30 '09 at 13:43
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This is pointless. –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 13:46
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@Rich, are you so immature that you must twist my words in order to establish ground for yourself? "This is pointless" clearly isn't referring to themes (as I've been defending them). Ground around and around with you is pointless. Themes are NOT pointless. You apparently haven't met anybody with poor eye-sight, or somebody involved in marketing. Shoot, by your logic firefox's ability to create addons is pointless it would seem. Kinda odd that you're suggesting I use addons because addons are pointless. –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 13:51
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The above 20 or so comments are what I meant by "this again?". There's a sad predictability to a conversation when Rich tilts his lance at it. Just walk away. –  bananakata Jun 30 '09 at 15:41
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@Rich Mangling the argument? Quote me, please. Your first comment here insulted both TheTXI and myself. Claiming my suggestion is tantamount to "pony fantasies" and being "way out there." If you've nothing better to say, then please keep your silence. Some of us are here for the discussion. –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 15:49
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@Rich [Exhibit A] - I don't get what your charge is. If you suggest that themes are pointless, then I'm safe in assuming you have never met anybody with poor eye-sight, or you've never been involved in marketing. Where's the insult there? –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 15:59
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@Rich, I don't find it offensive that somebody disagree with me. I find it offensive the way you chose to disagree with me, and with others on SO. –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 16:04
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@Samson - forget arguing with him. I suspect his issue(s) is listed somewhere in the DSM-IV and it is best to walk away. –  tim Jul 15 '09 at 19:47
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If you have firefox (and being here suggests you should) then you have access to stylish and greasemonkey both of which can accomplish what you want.

I use the latter for highlighting interesting things on SO and the former for not making me feel like I'm dying slowly when I'm here.

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Thanks for Stylish. I'll install it. –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 13:25
    
Seriously, downvote? –  bananakata Jun 30 '09 at 15:59
    
I upvoted. ` –  Jonathan Sampson Jun 30 '09 at 16:06
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Not a complete fix but you could just use the custom stylesheets if your browser supports them. Wouldn't work on non-compatible browsers and be a pain if you change computers a lot (as a lot of programmers do)

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