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!

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  • Thank you for starting the design discussion Borror0! I look forward to the day I design for this site! – Jin Mar 26 '11 at 5:48
  • Is this site likely to graduate in the first place? – user288 Mar 28 '11 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 '11 at 9:31
  • Glad to hear that. Since Atheism failed I had my doubts about skeptics too. – user288 Mar 28 '11 at 10:55
  • @Sejanus i think that you were skeptical about skeptics too ;) – Lincity Apr 3 '11 at 9:42

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. – Richard Stelling Mar 26 '11 at 16:03
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    But if you encourage only academic answers, this would be consequent and attract just the right audience. – user unknown Mar 26 '11 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. – Jason Plank Mar 27 '11 at 15:40
  • @JasonPlank: Agreed! – Borror0 Mar 28 '11 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 '11 at 10:25
  • I thought the aesthetics are up to Jin, and we only talk about the content? – user unknown Mar 26 '11 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 '11 at 14:44
  • @Borror0 Area 51 has aliens, why can't we? :D – Joseph Weissman Mar 27 '11 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 '11 at 16:05
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    I think it's kinda cute, actually. – Joseph Weissman Mar 27 '11 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! – Jason Plank Mar 27 '11 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. – Konrad Rudolph Apr 18 '11 at 12:30

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