While I basically don't dislike meta's white on black, my having to sit in front of a PC screen most of the day with lots of black on white text means that visiting meta severely shifts contrast. We had the same issue back on physics.SE main and while Jin does a great job in his designs, this strong change from white-on-black to black-on-white when visiting meta is really uncomfortable to my eyes, and judging from the reactions on physics.SE that ultimately led to a new, non-inverted, theme I'm not alone here. So, could this meta's color scheme be adapted more to what is common in the internet?

sidenote There are also people who invert their screen colours on purpose due to eye strain etc., and for them meta suddenly appears in bright white, which probably is even more unpleasant when unexpected...


2 Answers 2


Very well, as Keen suggested, here's my own solution, a userscript which simply applies the parent CSS.

// ==UserScript==
// @name        let meta.scifi.SE use parent CSS
// @namespace   zommuter
// @description let meta.scifi.SE use parent CSS
// @include     https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/*
// @version     1
// @grant       none
// ==/UserScript==

var links = document.getElementsByTagName("link")

for (var i = 0; i < links.length; i++) {
    var link = links[i];
    if(link.rel === "stylesheet") {
        link.href = link.href.replace("meta", "")

var anchs = document.getElementById('hlogo').getElementsByTagName('a');

for (var i = 0; i<anchs.length; i++) {
    anchs[i].style.background = 'url("http://cdn.sstatic.net/scifimeta/img/logo.png") no-repeat scroll center top transparent';
  • I added the CSS change to the userscript.
    – user1027
    Oct 18, 2013 at 14:50
  • @Keen Perfect, thanks!
    – Zommuter
    Oct 18, 2013 at 14:58

See the answers on this question for some options on how you can make these changes on your end.

  • The answer there only works for Chrome, but your SU post covers FF. Nonetheless, I'm not the only one concerned by this issue, and you may turn users away from meta by making this a "fix it for yourself only" issue - especially when the fix needs maintenance everytime the engine slightly changes the CSS, and not everyone is motivated into doing this just to participate here...
    – Zommuter
    Oct 18, 2013 at 9:35
  • Very well, here's my go...
    – Zommuter
    Oct 18, 2013 at 13:04

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