IF I were brand spanky new to the site, my first reaction would be the same as tl;dr, (too hard on the eyes, didn't linger) and I would leave in search of more immediate gratification. I am old, and I am lazy. I don't want to work hard for my forum experience. Life is hard enough without my WWP being complicated. The gray caters to my lazy. I like that. And... I am old enough to find the blue blocks and photo unnecessities to be hard on tired eyes. So, Sue's warning aside, I am on the default style out of preference. It will stay that way until/unless it's no longer available, at which time I probably will no longer visit.