To quote @hkotsubo:
Lots of people are saying it's harder to read. You should at least take this into
consideration before saying you're done talking about it.
I totally agree. It's not only on my laptop, it's worse on mobile too. Although I don't use my mobile very often, I use it enough to make it a problem. From this comment:
That's not even just for people with cognitive disabilities, who struggle more than usual. It is true of everyone. Stop attacking the research angle while presenting nothing of your own. We're done talking about this.
It's not true for everyone, not for me anyway.
The feedback you're getting about this seems pretty negative. Please, revert to
1.3, and don't fix it if it isn't broken. If these two posts are anything to tell by, the old way was better.
I won't deny there are exceptions, but the vast majority of us are saying it is not a good change. If reverting it is not possible, or just isn't going to happen, then adding options in user preferences still seems like a good idea, hard work or not.
Sixteen days have now passed since Aaron Shekey posted this answer with the update saying the proposed line-height of
1.6 had been adjusted to
1.5, and we haven't received a reply to our many questions since. Is Stack Exchange going to even consider reverting the changes, or adding options in user preferences? Or is the change just going to endure, like the one about the blockquotes? Resourceful @Prid made another extension to revert the changes on that, too.
Extensions, userscripts, and various other "Band-aids" are all very well, but making tons of people use multiple third-party resources to revert the various poor design choices made by Stack Exchange is...not great.
I would also like to know why the larger line-height was deemed favorable, and why no user testing was performed (and if there was, we haven't heard about it)? A line-height of
1.5 might be good for some, but it is not for all. To quote @ResistanceIsFutile, "catering for accessibility means catering for everyone, not just some."
I don't think giving us control over something as simple as line-spacing, or quote-background color, is a big deal to ask for.