At first: I really like the site design. It's modern and fits the purpose of the site. I just have one minor question: what do you think of the About Me section on a user's profile page?

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In my opinion, there's too much contrast. Why not a light background so that the text can be dark, just like everywhere on the site? Other sites have a light layout.

I kinda relied on having a light background when I chose to use the light flair instead of the dark flair. On every other SE I checked, there is a light background. Every, but this one. That makes it hard to "Save and copy profile to all StackExchange accounts".

So, can we please have a light background with dark text?

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    I think the only person who can really reply to this is our designer @Jin. I'll hunt him down if he doesn't find this on its own in a few days.
    – Jeff Ferland Mod
    Mar 31, 2013 at 16:55
  • @JeffFerland thanks! No hurry needed. Until then, the community can speak with voting.
    – user21287
    Mar 31, 2013 at 17:02
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    100% agreed! We need a light background with dark text. The current one is ugly. I've always assumed it's a way to annoy security experts, thus encouraging them to attack the site and attempt to change it themselves so potential vulnerabilities are discovered.
    – Adi
    Apr 2, 2013 at 13:52
  • @JeffFerland do you have any information on the status of this?
    – user21287
    Apr 11, 2013 at 18:44
  • @CamilStaps Just nudged the staff on it, so you should get an answer from somebody within the week.
    – Jeff Ferland Mod
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:06
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    the meta profile looks much more reasonable
    – Ben Brocka
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:07
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    Jin, our designer, has said that he shall be looking into this soon.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Apr 11, 2013 at 19:13

2 Answers 2


It is too dark. I've updated the about box background to a very light teal color to fit with the rest of the site's color scheme. The change will be on production server after our next build. (within 24hrs or so).

  • Yeah, it looks very nice now! Thanks!
    – user21287
    Apr 16, 2013 at 9:21
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    That's much nicer @Jin. There was much rejoicing. Yay.
    – Scott Pack
    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:22

I think I agree. It's just too dark as it is - however, if you have a look at the meta user profile that is a lot nicer - a faint silvery background more in keeping with the design of SO, math.SE, the beta theme etc.

I'd vote for changing it to something with less contrast, although I am not entirely sure what as I am not a skilled designer and my user interfaces tend to look a little... let's not go there. Maybe one of the lighter blues from the palette?

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