Recently, I was looking at a question, and these are the voting buttons:

Image of current voting buttons

I have a page, opened earlier today, which shows different formatting.

Image of voting buttons this morning

Was there an intentional change?

  • 19
    It has to be intentional. Nobody could make something that looks that bad by accident
    – Valorum
    May 30 at 18:39
  • @Valorum: I just noticed that they didn't change the comment voting buttons, so now they no longer match the Q/A voting buttons. Yuck to that!
    – Kevin
    May 31 at 6:12
  • 3
    See this, it was changed network-wide: We are graduating the updated button styling for vote arrows
    – Amarth
    Jun 2 at 20:33

1 Answer 1


This was an intentional change by SE to "graduate" the voting button styles across the network. You can see the main meta post for it here: We are graduating the updated button styling for vote arrows


This experiment has been graduated. The new styling for vote arrows is now live across the Stack Exchange network.

  • 9
    Ugh. Can't win for losing, or something like that. Way too visually heavy now, more prominent than the actual text of the question! I'm tempted to downvote your answer just because I don't like it. :D
    – DavidW
    May 30 at 16:19
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    @DavidW - The persistent complaint has been a lack of voting. I think the idea is to make the buttons bigger and more obvious so that people will use them more.
    – Valorum
    May 30 at 18:37
  • 2
    See here for ideas how to avoid this ugliness: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/389564/…
    – Buzz
    May 30 at 21:15
  • 3
    The buttons are so repulsive I feel like never clicking on them anymore.
    – Clockwork
    May 31 at 11:25
  • @Valorum Oh...you have no idea... ;-)
    – TARS
    Jun 2 at 15:19
  • Did they recently added a dark mode version?
    – Clockwork
    Jun 8 at 20:00
  • 1
    @Clockwork Looks like they changed it so user's own votes would be actually visible.
    – Mithoron
    Jun 14 at 21:42

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