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Thanks HN for the Christmas colors and Merry Christmas to you, too
176 points by zeratul on Dec 24, 2011 | hide | past | favorite | 45 comments

Dupe: submitted 366 days ago - http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2034624

Merry Christmas!

I thought that the red banner was a call to arms for SOPA or something. After I noticed that the article numbers were alternating red/green, my blood pressure went down a few points. :)

I didn't even realize the alternating article numbers. Bah humbug to colorblindness.

ditto that. Most of the time I don't notice the effects of red-green color deficiency, but whenever someone wants to differentiate between A and B with colors, inevitably it's red/green.

Not much to do about it with xmas colors though. Bah humbug to poinsettias.

Does it look like red and red? Or gray and gray?

At a glance it looks gray and gray. If I stare, I can make out the red and can see that the green is a different color, but I really only recognize that it's green because people mentioned it being green.

So, I concur with the bah humbug to colorblindness statements.

I didn't even notice the colored numbers until I read the comments. For myself, the colors are easy enough to distinguish (as separate colors), as the red looks brighter than the green. If I didn't already know the colors were red and green, I think I'd be able to pick out the one that is clearly red (As there is a shade of red for sure in the title bar), but I do not believe I'd be able to say with certainty that the green is green (and not another shade of red).

I love this alternating-color feature, it's much easier for me to browse news titles, hope it will be kept for long in future.

Peace on earth and good will to all, unconditionally.

Personally, I'd like a Winnebago. Burgundy interior.

Merry Christmas from an atheist! ;)

And Happy Holidays to the rest!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Just noticed that too. Nice touch! Happy holidays to all fellow hackers.

... and painters ;)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

If the red bothers you, go to your profile page and set the "topcolor" to something that you like better. (This might require a certain karma level, not sure.)

It seems very weird that you need a high karma level for such a feature, no?

Happy Holidays to my hacker family! This was my first year really contributing to posts and discussions and it's been incredibly rewarding. Thanks everyone!

Maybe my monitor is miscalibrated or something, but the red bar looks too dark and rusty, not cheery and christmassy at all.

Heh, think I actually prefer this color scheme.

Happy Holidays!

I like it other than the red bar at the top.

The Christmas color scheme changes the top color on the comment submission form, but doesn't change a user-set top color on the main page.

This was making me feel like there was something wrong with my eyes. It took me about a minute to figure out it was the site and not me; I didn't figure it out until I spotted the article numbers.

The contrast in the bar is really low, so I can't wait until it's not Christmas any longer.

pg, can we have white text instead of black text on the red background?

Merry Christmas, Hanukkah (or however you spell it), Kwanzaa, Festivus, and the New Year!

Making a guess as to the time zone of HN's server. ;-)

It's better if you put white characters in the red banner:) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!!

It makes the text in it hard to read for me. Maybe a better contrast?

Hey OP, do they have Christmas on your planet too? ;-) Small galaxy!

Er, I was referring to your Starcraft-inspired name, not to my name. :-)

Happy Christmas all! Enjoyed my second year immensely with you guys.

Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the great articles

Phew, my monitor is not broken. Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas pg & the YC crew!

Merry Christmas from Down Under.

In re: "Christmas from Down Under" (and the southern hemisphere in general): I always think it's a trip that y'all are in the peak of summer at Christmas time. We have all kinds of songs, rituals, artifacts, whatever that derive from the fact that it's cold outside: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas; tinsel on christmas trees to simulate icicles; drinking Eggnog.

Question: do you Christmas bits reflect that it's winter outside somewhere else or do you have a separate bunch of Christmas bits to reflect that it's summer during your Christmas?

I honestly cannot speak for everyone, of course we have our own Aussie Christmas carols with your reindeers replaced with kangaroos which to me seem more to be satire. But we have still been Nothern-hemispherized in the traditional christmas sense. Our decorations have snow, every figurine is rugged up etc. I could send you a picture of my christmas tree, it would be indistinguishable from your generic tree.

It surely doesn't snow in all parts of the Northern Hemispher and I guess you can draw similarities to that. The funny thing is, for more Christmas's then I can remember, it has actually been quite wet and stormy, today it is beautiful and sunny.

Interesting. I guess I'm not too surprised that your Christmas bits are much like ours. "Rudolph the red-nosed Kangaroo"? Awesome.

Merry Christmas - Feliz Navidad

Merry Christmas fellow hackers!

Merry Chrismas new friends.

Merry Christmas to all. :)

Merry Christmas Hackers! from Uruguay.


First, I thought Reddit isn't the most ugliest site on earth anymore. Then, I thought HN's CSS file is broken when I saw the darkred navbar. Finally, I thought the green and red numbers stand for raising and falling posts.

HN is my favorite site but this Chistmas version shows again PG's modest design skills. PG, I'm sure that there many HN users (including me) who would love to redesign HN—just put it on Crowdspring or 99design and insist on keeping the HN orange. I promise you'll get tons of great designs keeping Y Combinator's core/identity.

What? The minimal, tasteful, uncluttered design of HN is one of the top reasons why it has been such an unqualified success.

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