So I've just visited the superuser.com beta site and I must say I really like the color schemes and the way everything is so light and bright and just get out of the way for most things.

I feel like, why didn't Stack Overflow use that scheme?

Which site, in the SO trilogy, do you like best design-wise?

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    Logic would dictate that this question should only have 4 answers, not 6... but then again, when is anything that should be dictated by logic actually dictated by logic? =) Jul 16, 2009 at 19:34
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    Should be CW perhaps? (not that I care, personally)
    – David Z
    Jul 16, 2009 at 21:38
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    And none of those 6 answers were suggesting the serverfault site.
    – Ola Eldøy
    Jul 17, 2009 at 14:41

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The best is Stack Overflow.

  • Meta is too sad.
  • Super User is too blue.
  • Server Fault have good look, but I like orange. :)

Color schema at Meta has lot of common with Jeff's opinion on meta discussion, I think. :) http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001282.html

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    For some reason, I just imagined the Meta logo crying grey tears ;) Jul 16, 2009 at 16:14

I like the vibrant colors of Super User.

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    Agreed. Although it does tend to remind me a lot of the color schemes used by your typical web2.0 apps
    – TheTXI
    Jul 16, 2009 at 16:31
  • @TheTXI Really web2.0 .... but other sites just feel like Jeff hacked it from the default ASP.NET MVC template ... not really give it a proper scheme
    – chakrit
    Jul 16, 2009 at 16:57
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    aigh. It hurts my eyes to look at it. I can;t leave that browser window open too long
    – tim
    Jul 16, 2009 at 19:58

I really like grayscale and bleak, sad themes, so for me, it's meta.

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    +1 - anything else just looks to garish ;)
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jul 16, 2009 at 19:25
  • Yay, more drab! Jul 16, 2009 at 23:18

And for the 8% of mostly male customers who have some form of colour blindness... they're different?


It's got to be SO. The easiest on the eye. Clearly differentiated new, answered and accepted questions. I feel like other are missing this with SU's blue being too bright and hard to read.


I think Super User has the nicest general appearance. Unfortunately, it falls down in a few edge cases and where it fails, it fails spectacularly.

So at the moment I have to vote the original Stack Overflow. But maybe by the end of the week Super User will have it.

  • I agree that SU needs a few more days of polish before the playing field is level. And at that point people might changes their opinion. Jul 16, 2009 at 16:15

I like the dashed (should that be dashing?) Server Fault boxes.


I love Super User's site and design; that is the best. The colors match well, and the logo is awesome.

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