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The Inbox is semi-transparent:

inbox

Makes it visually gorgeous, however I find the color bands behind it seem to make arbitrary separations, which is a bit confusing. I don't have a screenshot right now, but new messages in the inbox, colored in bright orange with interspersed dark blue, lighter blue, etc, make this even worse.
Confusing-wise, not aesthetically (it was real pretty! :) )

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  • See a long discussion of how this degree of transparency is not at all apparent to many users (depending e.g. on what angle they use when looking at their screen) at chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/1338826#1338826 - includes a more obvious version that has been color-curved via the gimp. – nealmcb Jul 13 '11 at 1:10
  • @AviD I don't have a strong preference on this one. I can either make the background solid, or darken the foreground text. – Jin Jul 13 '11 at 1:37
  • @Jin but most importantly, are you able to see this?? Anyway, is it possible to do a "masking" of the behind-colors? I think the transparency makes it look REALLY nice - but it just lines up confusingly... lacking any other solution, and considering that most other people dont even see that it's transparent, I would say just make it solid :( – AviD Mod Jul 13 '11 at 5:36
  • @AviD - on my work laptop (HP Elitebook 2540p) I can see it :-) I don't think it matters either way, so happy for you to guide decision here if no-one objects. – Rory Alsop Mod Jul 13 '11 at 9:54
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We're standardizing on a bit of transparency in the inbox across the network.

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