It is clear that most of the people providing content on this site don't like the current design and would like it changed to a black on white default. It would be nice to know that something is being done about this, even if it might take some time to implement. How about it @Jeff Atwood and co.? How about a response?
Their response is to make a userscript, which I think is very unsatisfactory, because not all browsers (mobiles) support userscripts. And in many browsers userscripts do not take effect immediately, so there will be a few seconds flash where the site is black each time the page loads.
Besides it seems pretty clear that most users dislike the black background and they will not even change it. this along with the two other physics sites on their out of area 51 means this site is likely to die. The thing I dislike about stackoverflow is the authoritarian control under the guise that they want to build communities.
There will not be a banner on the main site linking to a poll on the meta site because they dont like polls and there has never been any publicity for meta sites.
It's either like it or use the userscript no other way.
Another point to add, is that when people first visit this site they will be greeted with an unreadable site. Userscripts can't be installed on public computers (or computers that aren't yours; eg at work/schools). The userscript has only been published on meta physics, not the main site, and the majority of users never visit meta, this means those users will be less active due to the readability.
Swallow your pride and change it. It's not hard to change a background image and a font color!
There is a user script to switch to any Stack Exchange design here:
With some improvements, that will be the officially supported method of changing for those that prefer not to use websites with dark background designs.
Also, on mobile, we now serve a minimalistic, low bandwidth, white background theme to all mobile clients. Try it in your iPhone / Android, etc. You can also change your browser user agent to "iPhone" if you want that theme immediately.
We're still working on this, so give us some time to get it worked out.
edit: Based on extensive meta feedback, site design is withdrawn indefinitely.
If you seek contact with the team, you have:
- "Contact us" link in the footer
- Chat -- go to the physics room and shout @RebeccaChernoff, @Jin or @RobertCartaino. With some (not so much) luck one of them will come, especially in CT working hours. Since now, one opinion about the design appeared there.