You know the rule - for every feature (15) users want, there are (3) that don't want it.
I'm referring to this completed feature-request: Disable ClearType (subpixel rendering) for image-based flair
As Hans Passant comments there:
Hmm, not so sure. Text doesn't look nearly as good with just regular anti-aliasing. Should it look sucky for everybody or just those few that have non-standard hardware?
On standard monitors, it is really a significant difference without ClearType, see this screenshot with flairs on the blog, where Josh K's flair is still rendered the old way:
So I for one would like to have the option to display my flair with ClearType on, like it was before.
You could add an optional parameter to the image URL. If there are more users that don't want it, the default would be without ClearType (like it is now), and the option would be "ClearType on"; if not, vice versa.
ClearType and allied technologies require display hardware with fixed pixels and subpixels. More precisely, the positions of the pixels and subpixels on the screen must be exactly known to the computer to which it is connected. This is the case for flat-panel displays, on which the positions of the pixels are permanently fixed by the design of the screen itself.
Almost all flat panels have a perfectly rectangular array of square pixels, each of which contains three rectangular subpixels in the three primary colors, with the normal ordering being red, green, and blue, arranged in vertical bands. ClearType assumes this arrangement of pixels when rendering text.
ClearType does not work properly with flat-panel displays that are operated at resolutions other than their “native” resolutions, since only the native resolution corresponds exactly to the actual positions of pixels on the screen of the display.
If a display does not have the type of fixed pixels that ClearType expects, text rendered with ClearType enabled actually looks worse than type rendered without it. Some flat panels have unusual pixel arrangements, with the colors in a different order, or with the subpixels positioned differently (in three horizontal bands, or in other ways).