Continue working on this: 70%
Leave things the way they are: 22%
I have been driven over the last 15 to dig through and update the ESR code to create a prototype of what I believe is the beginning of a more aesthetically pleasant and friendly user interface. In this process I have also implemented some modern CSS & HTML standards as replacements for long obsolete methods.
I have not implemented the change without consulting the community, because custom CSS files that many use will need to be updated to work with new markup & styles. Any user with knowledge of CSS & basic web development can create a custom stylesheet, which can be stored on the server for access by all users of level 'regular' and above.
A small bit of trivia: there are currently 1561 out of 39565 users using custom styles. That's right around 4%.
So I give it to the community to decide: should I implement changes and continue to direct this development of ESR? The test site can be reached by the following URL:
The most functionally developed areas of this prototype are the news page and the post pages, such as forums, columns, etc. Some aesthetic modifications to look for are minor stylistic changes like the 'plus' icon, shadows under blocks on the page, highlighting of unread posts, larger white spaces, &c.
Tables, user profiles (including journal profiles), submission forms, and many other areas of the site remain unmodified for now, and will until this poll is resolved.
The test site is currently restricted to the default ESR theme, pending the outcome of the vote. If it is decided to continue moving in this direction, I will configure the test site to use users' preferred styles.