I don't know why, but the constant switching between orange and blue borders around your job postings is making me crazy.



For what it's worth, I am more likely to look at the orange ones.

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    Tempted to upvote just for hilarious title, but I shall restrain myself :D
    – user163250
    Jun 15, 2014 at 6:00
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    You've just thrown a monkey wrench into their double-blind split A/B testing. And now that you've ruined their results, they'll have to wait at least two years before they can hope to redo/replcate this study from scratch. Jun 15, 2014 at 7:02
  • Seems like an optimal time for a quick plug for this feature request - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/175310/… (If it counts as a feature request).
    – JonW
    Jun 16, 2014 at 13:24
  • Added screenshots, hope you don't mind. :) Jun 16, 2014 at 13:36
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    GO TEAM ORANGE! I am so winning this bet... Jun 17, 2014 at 17:49
  • @DavidFullerton personally, I also like the orange sidebar, it seems to complement the rest of Stack Overflow's theme (the orange in the logo, for instance). Though I've also clicked on postings in the blue sidebar.
    – user163250
    Jun 18, 2014 at 4:23
  • That's the wrong shade of orange to be using to contrast with the white text, "Looking for a job?" bleeds terribly. What succeeds about the blue isn't the color but the greater legibility, though the sharpness of the bars is a poor juxatposition to the blurriness of the adjacent text. See detail here. Sigh. This is why I have trouble looking at the Internet. (Or going to restaurants in strip malls. They have signage and menus, and I cry inside a little, even if it's good fried rice.) Jul 15, 2014 at 3:27
  • some sort of reference to Portal? Jul 19, 2014 at 19:36

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Careers advertisements are currently being A-B tested. Part of this was also discussed in the recent podcast, if you're interested in that sort of a thing, and simply using the colours seems to have a significant effect. So more than likely you'll have to put up with it for a while until they settle on a final result.

  • Thanks, I actually heard the podcast, and in the spirit of the podcasts, I tried to use some sarcasm to get my point across that there may be some unintended consequences from this particular A-B test.
    – CHsurfer
    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:29
  • I accepted your answer, first, since you added useful info to clarify the situation and second, so that the question will be closed and I'll stop getting down-votes ;-)
    – CHsurfer
    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:30

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