After 90 days in beta, Stack Exchange Inc. takes evaluates our site's performance. If they think we're ready for graduation because we meet the right metrics, then we get out of beta. When that happens, Jin will give our site its own unique look rather than the current generic design that all beta sites have.

Jin's very talented. Here's some of his best work:

All sites share quite a bit of common elements so they feel like they're part of the Stack Exchange family, but the look of those elements can be modified to reflect the topic of the site.

Let's give Jin a hand and start the brain storming now!

  • Thank you for starting the design discussion Borror0! I look forward to the day I design for this site!
    – Jin
    Mar 26, 2011 at 5:48
  • Is this site likely to graduate in the first place?
    – user288
    Mar 28, 2011 at 8:58
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    @Sejanus: So far, we're looking really good. About a third of the way before the first evaluation, and we're close to excellent in all metrics. I suspect we'll be "ready" for launch by the end of April.
    – Borror0
    Mar 28, 2011 at 9:31
  • Glad to hear that. Since Atheism failed I had my doubts about skeptics too.
    – user288
    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:55
  • @Sejanus i think that you were skeptical about skeptics too ;)
    – Lincity
    Apr 3, 2011 at 9:42

4 Answers 4


Since we now read every day a new posting about adding links to studies in our answers, the relevant symbols for the page are books, libraries, papers and the like.

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    I think making it look too Academic is a bad idea. So I would caution against too much use of these. Mar 26, 2011 at 16:03
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    But if you encourage only academic answers, this would be consequent and attract just the right audience. Mar 26, 2011 at 16:41
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    If there's a way to graphically represent evidence without making it look too academic, as @rjstelling puts it, I would support that. Mar 27, 2011 at 15:40
  • @JasonPlank: Agreed!
    – Borror0
    Mar 28, 2011 at 9:34

Let me chip with a couple of pence:

Dark text on light background

Besides that 2 ideas (links point to image examples):

  1. Themed around famous skeptics: Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan, etc.
  2. Themed around classic pseudoscience: ESP, aliens, classic UFOs, egyptian symbols, etc.
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    No aliens. Please.
    – Borror0
    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:25
  • I thought the aesthetics are up to Jin, and we only talk about the content? Mar 26, 2011 at 15:44
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    I would be against using the images of famous people. Being a skeptic is about thinking for yourself instead of following an authority.
    – Christian
    Mar 27, 2011 at 14:44
  • @Borror0 Area 51 has aliens, why can't we? :D Mar 27, 2011 at 17:47

I always thought Area 51 would be quite a good fit :))

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    Area51 is my least favorite Stack Exchange site. It's too childish. It's hard to claim credibility when you've got tiny aliens pasted all over the place.
    – Borror0
    Mar 26, 2011 at 16:05
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    I think it's kinda cute, actually. Mar 27, 2011 at 17:48

As long as we don't use:

font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, 'Hoefler Text', 'Book Antiqua', Georgia, serif;
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    Or Comic Sans MS! Mar 27, 2011 at 15:36
  • Hmm, why not? Not saying that I’m for or against but these are bona fide, professional fonts and the declaration seems to cover all bases. Apr 18, 2011 at 12:30

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