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I like the ideas behind the new site and everything. However, as stated many times, the design of the score + replies thing is too cluttered.
Here's a simple suggestion. It's just a photoshop mockup. The +/- things arent images, just simple tables with +-i text so they work in all browsers.
Your suggested layout
looks really much cleaner. Before seeing that, I created little mockup too (with altered color for score line):
Maybe combining/advancing these ideas could produce even more "content oriented" look
What about a choice of color themes for registered users?
Even if there are only two or three choices that aren't much different than the original colors, some people might find one better than another as far as contrast, highlighting the parts they're interested in (the content, most likely) and downplaying the stuff they'd rather ignore (status/title/author bars), in order to improve readability.
Yeah, the alternate color definately helps. Contrast is much better. I like it.
Much better.. I doubt it'll be considered however. OSNews editor(s) are kind of/very anal about design issues.
Hmm... I like that layout. We'll definitely entertain other designs. That was what the beta was for, but we're already hard at work on osnv3.1.