I noticed that doctype has rounded corners on its profiles and buttons. A website without rounded corners in 2010 is like site from 1999 without a frameset (and possibly invalid html)

Can we have some:

│-moz-border-radius-topleft / -webkit-border-top-left-radius         │
│-moz-border-radius-topright / -webkit-border-top-right-radius       │
│-moz-border-radius-bottomleft / -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius   │
│-moz-border-radius-bottomright / -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius │
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    Don't let anyone know what browser you use. – random Jan 10 '10 at 12:48
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    For the record, my vote is in for a flash splash page on SO. – waffles Jan 10 '10 at 12:55
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    If it was added, Internet Explorer users shouldn't get it as a punishment for using IE – Chris S Jan 10 '10 at 13:11
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    The comparison with frames is fairly apt: Note how history has decided that frames were, in fact, a bad idea. – ベレアー アダム Jan 10 '10 at 14:14
  • The top 3 supermarkets in the UK still use framesets – Chris S Jan 10 '10 at 14:34
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    Sorry, but having square corners in your code sample is unacceptable, please make them round. And don't give me any "But that's not possible" answer, even the C64 could do rounded corners in Text. – Michael Stum Jan 11 '10 at 0:19
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    I knew there was a ╭ somewhere but couldn't find it. Brings back memories of making msdos menus – Chris S Jan 11 '10 at 10:12
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    What good are rounded corners if you don't have a guest book and a visitor counter? – Kerrek SB Oct 22 '13 at 21:18
  • @apaul34208, are you sure your fonts are okay? The revision before your edit looked fine in Chrome and Firefox on my Mac; alexy's fix also aligns fine, though the two new characters are slightly different. alexy, I guess you just typed a dash rather than copy & paste a horizontal line from the existing Markdown source to duplicate it? Your two characters look slightly thinner to me. – Arjan Oct 22 '13 at 21:55
  • @Arjan looks off to me in both Firefox and Chrome on windows7 – apaul Oct 22 '13 at 22:57
  • @Arjan when I edited I just added spaces to line it up, fonts are fine using default settings – apaul Oct 22 '13 at 23:01
  • Yeah, @apaul34208, these Unicode tables are known to cause problems. If I paste your Markdown version into a text editor, I see lines of 74 and 75 columns. Also, if I edit your version in the Markdown editor then I see different line lengths, and moving the cursor from the end of the first line to the next, makes the cursor end up before the last character on the lines you changed...? – Arjan Oct 23 '13 at 0:03
  • @Arjan It doesn't really look like this question is going to go anywhere, I wouldn't worry about it too much – apaul Oct 23 '13 at 0:06
  • By far the funniest question I have ever seen in SE. Good job! – mavrosxristoforos Oct 23 '13 at 5:11
  • Sure, @apaul34208, but I'm only referring to the edit... Don't you see the different line lengths after your edit? – Arjan Oct 23 '13 at 7:49

Why stop there?

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    Needs more epilepsy inducing banners. – alex Jan 10 '10 at 14:14
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    Needs blue lens flare. – Bill the Lizard Jan 10 '10 at 14:26
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    Needs to be in perspective / 3D, maybe with each question text on an animated flag waving in the wind? All done in jQuery, of course ;-p – Marc Gravell Jan 10 '10 at 14:29
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    The questions as a rolodex/carousel – Chris S Jan 10 '10 at 14:36
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    Mmm, I made my own one: img693.imageshack.us/img693/3787/lolzg.png | Source code: pastebin.com/f775bdad – rightfold Jan 10 '10 at 14:38
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    I kinda like this...Am I the only one that does? – user102937 Jan 10 '10 at 16:17
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    @Robert Harvey: I certainly hope so – balpha Jan 10 '10 at 16:20
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    Now add one of these to it: mywebpresenters.com and it's perfect – Chris S Jan 10 '10 at 20:56
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    Needs more cowbell. – David R Tribble Jan 10 '10 at 23:58
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    Why no background image? I think you're selling it short. – beska Jan 11 '10 at 18:05
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    @Robert Harvey: No, you are not the only one... I think that it is beautiful, although I would make the mirrored effect less pronounced, and lose the shadows on the question titles, and make the tabs look more "traditional", that is round the bottoms outwards, not inwards. I realise that this is meant to be a joke, but it does look pretty slick, without over complicating the page. – Paul Wagland Jan 22 '10 at 23:07
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    -1, not enough bevel. – badp Sep 5 '10 at 17:19
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    Yes, bevel and Comic Sans. – Mark C Oct 21 '10 at 9:17
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    Some of it is over the top (as per your point) but I like some of it. The mirrors on the nav links and logo are pretty good, updates the website a bit. Although shadows on 'all' text, meh, shudders. Especially with the blue text colour. Looks like a cheesy 90's site logo made by a back street car garage company owner on MS Word.. – James Oct 20 '13 at 1:07
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    Slow day at work? – Johnny Bones Oct 22 '13 at 22:23

Doctype has a border? Really?

Honestly, I don't much notice all the fancy shmancy mark-up frills. Instead, I read the text of the pages. I'm a programmer, so obviously function is more important to me than form. As long as it looks fairly reasonable (e.g., no wild color combinations or distracting animated widgets), I don't much care about minor things like rounded corners and alpha transparencies.

You can spend hours of wasted time twiddling with things like that (I know I have for certain inflexible managers). But at some point you have to realize you're just adding more lipstick to the pig.

  • Did you call Stack Overflow a pig? – Mike G Oct 24 '13 at 22:23
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    @mikeTheLiar, Umm... – David R Tribble Jan 2 '14 at 20:52

You mean rounded corners like this? https://meta.stackoverflow.com/badges

  • The aliasing on those corners are... for the lack of a more polite word, very ugly ^^ Superuser has that same problem for tags... – Oskar Duveborn Jan 10 '10 at 15:49
  • @Oskar thats the way the browser implements it, note how badges have square corners in ie. To get silky smooth corners you use sliding doors or some other css png transparency trick, the trouble is that theming something becomes more of an annoyance – waffles Jan 11 '10 at 5:25

Rounded corners are so late 2000, flat design with square boxes (á la "the-ui-formerly-known-as-metro" style) is the new shiny thing.


I don't get it, everything is square to me.

Oh wait, IE8.

Seriously, rounded corners are overused and usually aren't that great either - they do have their places and uses but in general they don't fit that well into website flow that there'd be reason to have them everywhere.


Square corners are not merely a lack of a rounded corners feature. They are a valid aesthetic choice in and of themselves.

I personally would be put off by the excessive beveling and texturing that is becoming ubiquitous in user interfaces now, and prefer the current design, which focuses on typography and organisation rather than skeumorphism.

  • I agree that "it's fine", but beveling, texturing, effects ect. are becoming less and less popular. Take a look at IOS 7 and Windows 8 and compare them to their respective previous versions. They rely on typography and organization as well. – James Sampica Oct 22 '13 at 20:27

StackOverflow.com is not "pomp and circumstance". It's the premiere site to go for answers to your tech questions (or tech questions within established guidelines). There are so many bugs and other issues, and a GAWD-AWFUL huge queue of reviews, that I think the designers efforts are best suited to other tasks. SO is not so out-of-date that it's a huge issue. Look at Google. There's plenty of non-rounded stuff there, and I don't think they're in any current danger of being irrelevant.

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