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Stack Overflow redesign?

I know this is of little consequence, but why can't/don't we have a CSS theme or UI that looks better?

It's great already (thanks @Jin) and it doesn't distract you at all, but I still feel that pang of jealousy when I visit sites like Programmers or Math or English or Ask Ubuntu.

Is the reason that it'll take too much time for such a trivial (by trivial, I refer to the perceptible gain, NOT the task of creating a new UI) or non-consequential thing?

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marked as duplicate by animuson, ChrisF, Time Traveling Bobby, Yi Jiang, jonsca Sep 7 '12 at 9:58

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Ouch, somebody just kicked a designer in the shins. ;) – Bart Sep 7 '12 at 8:37
I'm so happy this place is free from the freaking visual clutter with which every other new-ish website would seem to strive to substitute its actual content. – GSerg Sep 7 '12 at 9:35
I'm with @GSerg here. Right now a huge portion of the screen is given over to actual content, and the rest is given to common tools and useful meta information. This is a good thing. – dmckee Sep 7 '12 at 15:54
I'm a fan of Jin's work too, but to be fair, SO and the other original sites were designed before Jin joined the team. – Pops Sep 7 '12 at 18:37
@PopularDemand Oh... Sorry – YatharthROCK Sep 7 '12 at 18:41
Funny that you're asking for better CSS, yet keep making posts look worse by adding these useless [tag:status-xx] tags. Please explain why you think that helps? – Arjan Sep 8 '12 at 16:40
@Arjan I said I'm sorry. Please don't stalk me. [tag:...] being worse than than text-only ... is just your opinion. – YatharthROCK Sep 8 '12 at 17:12
True, it's my opinion. But what is the answer to my question? – Arjan Sep 8 '12 at 17:18
@Arjan You mean why I think that help? I don't know. I just like having more semantics added to info. Also, it displays a nice dropdown that gives a brief description of the tag... – YatharthROCK Sep 8 '12 at 17:23
@Arjan ??? (Wasting chars to bypass minimum char limit) – YatharthROCK Sep 10 '12 at 17:18
Do you want me to repeat I disagree? (And who needs a description of feature requests or bugs?) – Arjan Sep 10 '12 at 17:20
@Arjan Fine w/e. I'll stop converting everything into custom markup (I don't want a flamewar, please... – YatharthROCK Sep 10 '12 at 17:32

Is the reason that it'll take too much time for such a trivial or non-consequential thing?

Three points:

  1. It's not a "trivial or non-consequential thing" to change the design for a site.
  2. There's only one full time designer - Jin - working on the whole network. Other designers are hired on an "as needed" basis - but only when there's a specific need for external design input.
  3. Most people are happy with the design of Stack Overflow. Yes, there are a couple of annoyances, but the site as a whole doesn't need a new design so it's a low priority.
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1) By 'trivial', I meant as in the gain from it, NOT the task of creating a better UI – YatharthROCK Sep 7 '12 at 8:48
2) Oh, so the other sites had hired extra designers or something? – YatharthROCK Sep 7 '12 at 8:48
3) Yes, I agree. The current one works well and is non-distracting. Just felt a pang of jealousy on visiting the others... – YatharthROCK Sep 7 '12 at 8:49
Thanks for the answer. Would you mind editing it to reflect my reply to 1)? – YatharthROCK Sep 7 '12 at 8:50
@YatharthROCK - editing it how? – ChrisF Sep 7 '12 at 8:50
See my edit (Why does SO impose the 'minimum 15-char comment' thing again?) – YatharthROCK Sep 7 '12 at 8:53
@YatharthROCK So you know that it'll be a non-trival amount of work, for a trivial gain. How does that support making this change? Oh, and as ChrisF is saying in his answer, redesiging the UI will have an enourmous impact on the end user, whether positive or negative. It's not likely to be trivial. (or even positive, for that matter; change is bad) – Servy Sep 7 '12 at 17:52
@Servy Oh well, I guess you're right. I barely notice the UI and that's a good thing... – YatharthROCK Sep 7 '12 at 18:07

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