As mentioned in a recent meta question, the Stack Exchange development team pushed changes to the front page affecting how views, vote counts, and answer counts are displayed. A few hours ago, these changes unfortunately also made their way into the questions page.

Despite being met by a strong disgust by the community with respect to these changes, the Stack Exchange team has apparently decided to wilfully ignore these complaints.

Is it nevertheless possible to revert these changes on the user side by using custom CSS or user scripts?


2 Answers 2


One can use Phil Brown's custom CSS here to get part of the older layout back:

Denis Nardin's previous CSS partially works (quote backgrounds are still coloured gray and accepted answer backgrounds are still coloured green), but the [brown/green/dark green] style for answers broke. as the css class name for unanswered questions (.status.unanswered) got merged with the one for votes (.s-post-summary--stats-item).

Here's a Franken-CSS that combines the above two styles:

/** Container **/

.s-post-summary {
  padding-left: 8px;

/** Stats grid **/

.s-post-summary--stats {
  display: grid;
  width: unset;
    "score answers views"
    ". bounty ."
  grid-template-columns: repeat(2, 1fr); /* change to 3 for views */
  column-gap: var(--s-post-summary-stats-gap);
  row-gap: var(--s-post-summary-stats-gap);
  align-content: start;
  align-items: center;

.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item,
.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item.has-answers {
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: column;
  margin: 0;
  padding: 4px;
  width: 60px;

/** State grid items **/

.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item .s-post-summary--stats-item-number {
  font-size: larger;
  margin-right: 0 !important;

.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item:nth-child(1) {
  grid-area: score;
  border: none;
  background-color: #eee;
  border-radius: 0px;
  color: #3b4045

.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item:nth-child(2) {
  grid-area: answers;
  border: none;
  border-radius: 0px;
  background-color: #833700;
  color: #FFF

.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item.has-answers {
    background-color: #65be00;

.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item:nth-child(3) {
  grid-area: views;
  border: none;
  border-radius: 0px;

.s-post-summary--stats-item.has-bounty {
  grid-area: bounty;

.s-post-summary--stats .s-post-summary--stats-item.s-post-summary--stats-item__emphasized {
  color: var(--fc-light);

/** Tags **/

.post-tag.s-tag__watched {
  padding-left: 0.5em;

.post-tag.s-tag__watched:before {
  content: none;

/** Hide unwanted elements **/
.s-post-summary--stats .iconCheckmarkSm,
.s-post-summary--meta .s-avatar {
  display: none;

.s-post-summary--stats-item.has-accepted-answer {
    background-color: #177d00;

/* Part of Denis Nardin's Original CSS (some of it merged above) */

/* Background for accepted answers */
div.accepted-answer {
    background-color: #e0ffe0;

/* Blockquote colors (needed for contrast with the accepted answer background) */
blockquote {
    border-left:2px solid #ffeb8e

/* Background on questions with watched tags in the question list */
.question-summary.tagged-interesting {
 background-color: #fff5deb3;

It gives the following result:

To enable it, follow the steps below:

  1. Install a browser extension allowing you to load custom CSS onto pages, such as Stylus (Firefox Link, Google Chrome link).
  2. Go to the MathOverflow homepage and click the Stylus icon: enter image description here
  3. Go to "Write style for: mathoverflow.net/this URL".
  4. You'll be met by this screen: enter image description here
  5. Paste the above CSS into the "Code 1:" section.
  6. Save via the left sidebar.
  7. Everything should now be working again.
  • $\begingroup$ If you have any improvements in mind, feel free to directly edit the answer above. $\endgroup$
    – Emily
    Commented Feb 9, 2022 at 1:57
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much! This is SO much better. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 16:35

Complaints about the new design are not limited to MathOverflow, and Stack Apps has two options to bring back the old design for all Stack Exchange sites; the aforementioned Userstyles to (semi) revert the new Top Questions design by Phil Brown and LegacyQuestions - Bringing back the old questions design by Spectric.


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