I know what you’re thinking. It’s been weeks since we had a good bikeshed discussion!
We have decided to do away with tiger / zebra striping (alternating odd and even background colors on the topic lists), in favor of a simple grey bottom border line between rows:
We feel this change has a number of advantages:
Simpler, no more odd and even row stylings
Less grey dominating the page and fighting for priority with the default grey action buttons, the grey composer, grey numbers in the topic list, grey quotes within posts, grey progress bar, etcetera.
Cleaner, a bit more whitespace with the border-bottom and less visual “blocks” to process
More consistent, it better matches what we do within the topic between posts and have for a long time
We were inspired to make this change by https://forums.meteor.com/ who implemented this some time ago. After we had been thinking about backing away from tiger striping for a while, as @sam said recently:
I am really not sure about zebra striping anymore, I think its actually causing more harm than good, the subtle line works way better in my simplified design
We saw it there and liked it a lot, it works well in practice, and has a number of advantages, so we are making it so.