One of the biggest challenges for a Beta SE site is attracting enough people to attain critical mass necessary for keeping the site productive. Whereas cosmetic appearance isn't nearly the most important aspect of a Q&A site, it does affect first impressions - considering the breadth of the Internet and diversity of Q&A sites out there, a first impression is often a defining factor in whether a new visitor takes a site seriously or not.
Soooo, isn't there some way that the powers that be could see fit to allow beta sites to make it so that their sites look a little less... generic? Or maybe at least allowing us to pick from a number of themes? I'm a pro tempore mod on buddhism.stackexchange.com, and I'm afraid it doesn't look all that inviting to practicing or scholarly Buddhists.
If not, could someone explain the rationale for beta sites all looking so bland? Is it really important that they send out the impression of being in beta?
Also, sorry if this is not an appropriate question for meta.SE, I just assumed this is where I should ask it.