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I made a quick and dirty hack if you have Firefox or Chrome

You'll need the Stylish addon:

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stylish/?src=external-userstyleshome
Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fjnbnpbmkenffdnngjfgmeleoegfcffe

Then go here:   http://userstyles.org/styles/58333/lj-easier-read

Minimal Thought. Minimal testing. It works for me. Let me know how you get on!

Updates:
With some great suggestions from [livejournal.com profile] disprove, and [livejournal.com profile] woodface, I can now bring you an updated version with:

  • It now flattens the blue comment headers, without problems with collapsed comments
  • I use black for comment dates, rather than blue on blue
  • Slightly widened margins for posts and comments
  • Keeps the mystery show on hover buttons visible at all times.
  • ...and now correctly shows the "check" box on collapsed posts too
  • Kills the annoying big dark blue border around the add comment button.
  • Font sizes are adjusted.  Let me know if my font size change is worse for you - some seem to be getting different font sizes from this LJ "update", so I can't be sure what's best.


There's a few spots that are still white background (mostly oddities when someone has introduced strangeness via the rich text editor), but probably not worth the time chasing.

[livejournal.com profile] soph has a fix with which you can get the preview button back in comments (but needs another browser addon).

I'd like it darker / I don't need the grey background
Ok, I updated the install at the site - you can choose what background colour you want - Default or White are best, but I added a slightly darker grey in case you want to drop contrast a little more!

Why are they doing this to us?
No clue, but in case you're not aware, this is the first change of what looks like it's going to be a comprehensive redesign of the whole site:  http://manonon.livejournal.com/6816.html  (In Cyrillic, but you'll get the visual effects coming your way)  A partly live demo in Russian is at: http://livejournal.design.ru/main-page/ the top bar menu links seem to be mostly live.

Feel free to repost or link this.

Meanwhile, even though I've not been there very long at all, I have to say I'm finding the whole attitude over at Dreamwidth very refreshing.  No invite code needed until Dec 31 if you want a backup plan or exit strategy.

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Date: 2011-12-24 03:39 am (UTC)
ext_3740: the libertines > carl barât (Default)
From: [identity profile] disprove.livejournal.com
On a tablet right now so bookmarking this for later. Thanks!

Date: 2011-12-24 05:17 am (UTC)
ext_3740: the libertines > carl barât (Default)
From: [identity profile] disprove.livejournal.com
Using it with Chrome at the moment and it's much better, thanks! I also edited mine a bit so the margins in the entry would be larger--those barely-there margins were giving me a headache.

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Date: 2011-12-24 05:10 am (UTC)
automaticdoor: Carefully recreated screenshot of Britta from Community ep 3x08 captioned "Britta Perry, Anarchist Cat Owner" (Default)
From: [personal profile] automaticdoor
Just found this through your comment in news. AWESOME. It's still not going to be a fix, but it will help with my migraines when I accidentally land on somewhere before I style=mine bomb it! :D

Date: 2011-12-24 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
You're welcome!
I updated it.
Quick fix for margins - only on posts, not comments, sorry.
No silly blue border around add a comment button.
Rollover hidden buttons (link, collapse etc) viewable always
Some font size changes.

Date: 2011-12-24 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schexyschteve.livejournal.com
Amazing! I noticed my head instantly felt lighter with the font switch. Thanks so much!

Is there anyway to alter margins to make them like the old page?

Date: 2011-12-24 08:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
Glad it helps out some!

Can widen the margins, LJ's code is fairly horrible, so not sure how close I can easily get it to how it was, though I do have a start. If I get a little time I'll have a play later. Not the best time of year to get free time. ;)

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Date: 2011-12-24 08:34 am (UTC)
ivybgreenflower: The Beatles (late period), surrounded by green plants and red flowers (Default)
From: [personal profile] ivybgreenflower
This is amazing, thank you!

Date: 2011-12-24 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
Welcome!
I updated it.
Quick fix for margins - only on posts, not comments, sorry.
No silly blue border around add a comment button.
Rollover hidden buttons (link, collapse etc) viewable always
Some font size changes.

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Date: 2011-12-24 08:42 am (UTC)
velshtein: Azula from Avatar the Last Airbender (Default)
From: [personal profile] velshtein
Thank you!

Date: 2011-12-24 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
Welcome!
I updated it.
Quick fix for margins - only on posts, not comments, sorry.
No silly blue border around add a comment button.
Rollover hidden buttons (link, collapse etc) viewable always
Some font size changes.

Date: 2011-12-24 09:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eyesofstrength
Found this via the news entry, thank you so much for making this!

Date: 2011-12-24 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
You're welcome!
I updated it.
Quick fix for margins - only on posts, not comments, sorry.
No silly blue border around add a comment button.
Rollover hidden buttons (link, collapse etc) viewable always
Some font size changes.

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Date: 2011-12-24 10:57 am (UTC)
meridian_rose: pen on letter background  with text  saying 'writer' (Default)
From: [personal profile] meridian_rose
Thank you :D

Date: 2011-12-24 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myrana.livejournal.com
This is fantastic. Thank you so much! And the code is nice and clearly organised so it's easy to tweak anything you personally want to change (so I changed all the #f7f7f7 to #ffffff, because I actually prefer a plain white background, etc) - really great work.

Date: 2011-12-24 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
Thank you - glad it helped!

I'm just speechless at their textbook example of how not to do a rollout.

Date: 2011-12-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emma2403.livejournal.com
Wow, thanks so much!

Date: 2011-12-24 06:18 pm (UTC)
aoi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aoi
Thank you sooo much! I wasn't able to even read across a full line without getting a headache.

Date: 2011-12-24 10:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] el1ie.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for this and pointing out the add on to begin with.

I've been having problems with my text being far too small compared with all other pages on LJ, which has meant zooming in and out continually when visiting my inbox or settings pages and having the extra problem of making all the blue headers much bigger.

Studying what you've done though I've managed to futz around a little and with the help of the other couple of codes that are on the Stylish page I've managed to find quite a good compromise that's so much better than it was. I never used to bother with the old background, but I'm finding your slightly grey tinge even better and even found a better blue for me for the headers too.

I'm still wondering if anyone knows how to turn the background colour off on collapsed thread headers or if anyone knows why I can get the hover menus to stop hovering on posts, but once collapsed the "check" box is still flashing on and off with the mouse.

This though has been an absolute god send in at lease getting me back on my flist, thank you so very much for doing it.

I'm still going to be looking for any other fixes I can find, but this system has really given me a bit of hope.

Date: 2011-12-24 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
The checkbox hover popup for collapsed should be simple enough. I'll have a look-see.

Background colour on collapsed - hmm, when I collapse a comment or thread they all go to the same background as everything else for me
(If the checkbox is ticked, they have a pastel orange colour that let's you know that one's been highlighted)

What am I missing here? :)

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Date: 2011-12-24 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragon-moon.livejournal.com
Just wanted to drop by and say that I appreciated your comments over on news. Don't have time to try this out yet, but will link to it for myself and my friends who may want to check it out. Thanks so much. :o)

Date: 2011-12-25 12:13 am (UTC)
brightens: (Default)
From: [personal profile] brightens
This is absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much!

Date: 2011-12-25 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 3dog.livejournal.com
yay, this looks really nice, thank you :)

Date: 2011-12-25 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bakachibigaki.livejournal.com
this is a god send - the font is still strange on mine and there's still a border around the new comment button but i think that's just because my version of firefox is odd. thank you so much!

Date: 2011-12-25 01:08 am (UTC)
ext_19515: by: art_in_disguise (Default)
From: [identity profile] faunaana.livejournal.com
Terrific, tyvm

Date: 2011-12-25 04:33 am (UTC)
kuiskata: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kuiskata
Just popping over to say that I've been using this for about a day (and just updated it) and I'm loving it. So, so very appreciated.

Date: 2011-12-25 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erulisse.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for this! I could probably get used to Arial in time but Verdana is just so much better. You're awesome. o(^-')b

Date: 2011-12-25 08:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corydrane.livejournal.com
omg this is amazing, thank you so much!!! Just graying down the STAB YOUR EYE white is enough, but the font is icing. Thank you good sir or madam!

Date: 2011-12-25 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] popandlocked.livejournal.com
Having a problem: I've installed it using Stylish, but it hasn't changed the font at all, or the bg color, nada. I quit and restarted FF a couple of times, and refreshed pages -- am I doing something wrong? I assume that I am, since I've never used Stylish or any kind of override before. :\a

Thank you so much for doing this; and during the holiday, too. ♥

Date: 2011-12-25 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] popandlocked.livejournal.com
...ooo, wait. I'm not sure what I just did, but I think it works now! Never mind! And thank you again, omg. Have a wonderful holiday!

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Date: 2011-12-25 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mieronna.livejournal.com
As I already said in the other thread, I've been using this for a bit and it's really helpful! Thank you so much!

I don't know CSS at all however so maybe you could help. My biggest issue remains the overly bright colour of the blue strip - the one with all the meta data and buttons - um - header? The background change already makes it easier on the eye, but blue itself still looks neon to me. I'd like to change it to the old pale, washed out blue. Any idea how to do that?

Date: 2011-12-25 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stuntpilot99.livejournal.com
You're welcome!

Should be an easy enough change - Give me 10 mins :)

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Date: 2011-12-25 11:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thimble-kiss.livejournal.com
Oh my, that's awesome! The light grey background and added margins help a lot, and the Verdana font is so much better than the Arial. I tweaked the font size down with a couple percent, that's all. I can actually look at the comment page without feeling the back of my skull start pounding now. Definite improvement! Thank you so much for this. :)

Date: 2011-12-25 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retrofutures.livejournal.com
A thousand internets to you! Thank you very much!

Date: 2011-12-25 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] autumnrain
Thank you so much, just installed this. If they just made LJ look like this again and gave us back the subject lines, I'd be alright with the changes.

Date: 2011-12-27 09:28 am (UTC)
anonymoose_au: (Go _Uck Yourself _ _)
From: [personal profile] anonymoose_au
Thank you so much for making this! Making everything style=mine gets annoying though I have enabled for my friends pages. But this is good for when I visit a random journal or things like that.

Stupid Livejournal, what the Hell were they thinking with this crap?

(And this userpic chooser is a piece of shit.)
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