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I see that Meta's UI has now much more white space than it used to:

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vs.

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Would it be possible to add a 'compact view' option, similar to what Gmail offers? (I'm also fine if we simply remove all those white space)

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If interested, some userscripts to fix the UI.

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The current SE design trend is toward more whitespace: recently launched sites (Workplace, Money, Graphic Design) have copious amounts of it. –  How About a Nice Big Cup of Apr 18 at 1:01
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Wow. You have a lot of mails in your inbox. –  Quincunx Apr 18 at 6:16
    
This is a design decision. You're allowed to have a preference for something else, but if you're going to ask for it to change, it would be helpful for you to explain why the current version doesn't work for you. –  Laura Apr 18 at 14:57
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I'm just asking for an option to increase the display density. The reason why I don't like the new design is simply because it wastes too much space of my screen, which decreases my productivity. –  Franck Dernoncourt Apr 18 at 15:24
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@FranckDernoncourt - I feel your pain, that extra spin of the mouse wheel really does hit productivity ;) –  Tony Apr 19 at 22:35
    
@Laura Explain than. IMHO new one is not better or worse - it's just how you are attached to it. –  Ultra Apr 20 at 23:57
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It makes a really big difference when viewing on a 768 tall monitor, which comes out to 664 of usable vertical area after subtracting the Windows 7 taskbar and the Firefox tabs and address bar. On the page you posted as an example, I can't even see the lower-left answers list at all, even after using the less info link. Designers should consider these all so common 768 tall laptop screens more than they already do. –  George Bailey Apr 28 at 13:13

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