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I always notice when a page isn't quite vertically long enough to fill my entire browser. Examples are the users page (viewed on 1280x1024) but there are plenty more. I think Stack Overflow would benefit by changing the way the footer works in some way.

It might work to extend the grey footer color to the bottom of the screen OR stick the footer to the bottom of the screen so we don't get white-space after it.

I'd be interested to hear opinions.

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I just don't see the long footer as being a win, by my screens are wide and short, so it is a non-issue for me... – dmckee Jan 1 '10 at 22:02
Vertical space works well with stackoverflow on the front page etc. – Sam152 Jan 2 '10 at 5:54

I am not terribly happy with the current status quo ... but some of the "sticky footer" solutions seem really nasty, much worse than the problem itself.

Open to input, but I don't want crazy CSS hax.

edit: Actually, taking another look, that one doesn't look too hacky. The last time I looked at this, I recall being unpleasantly surprised...

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I think you should try seeing the world through 1050x1680 (portrait). You get used to it reallll quick, and it's soo not a big deal.

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+1! My Internet monitor at work is always in portrait orientation; sites tend to be designed for limited width but infinite height. (Still using landscape for the code monitor.) – Pops Nov 4 '10 at 20:38

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