This is a question regarding the theme of android.stackexchange.com and meta.android.stackexchange.com.

Why is the font weight bold for almost everything on the sites? Am I the only one who finds that it strains my eyes? I often find it hard to focus on what I am supposed to.

I find it is ok to have titles, headings etc in bold but not the entire content of these websites.


Posting screenshots of android.stackexchange.com and stackoverflow.com for comparison. I am using Firefox 6.0.1 on Windows XP SP3.

android.stackexchange.com screenshot

android.stackexchange.com screenshot

stackoverflow.com screenshot

stackoverflow.com screenshot

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    I just noticed a difference - this happens only on my Firefox! – adarshr Sep 7 '11 at 17:02
  • have you tried disabling all firefox plugins and see if that makes a difference? – Lie Ryan Sep 10 '11 at 6:30
  • See superuser.com/questions/774226/… – bwDraco Feb 1 '15 at 3:54

Most of the text isn't bold for me?

None of the body text in people's questions and answers is (except where sections have been deliberately bolded).

Questions titles are, warnings are and some of the stats bits around the edge of the page are, but nothing much else is.

What browser are you using and on what operating system? Can you post a screenshot showing which bits are bold that you don't think should/need to be?

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  • Added screenshots. – adarshr Sep 7 '11 at 16:24

Seems to me you have a messed up Droid font installed.

The CSS font stack on this site is

font-family: 'Droid Sans','DroidSansRegular','Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif;

Check your system and uninstall any "Droid" fonts you may have. Then re-install them properly.

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  • I don't have any "Droid" font installed on my system! – adarshr Sep 7 '11 at 16:58
  • @adarshr do you have Helvetica installed by any chance? If not, then I'm not sure what's going on with your system since I can't reproduce what you see. – Jin Sep 7 '11 at 17:00
  • Yes, I have these Helvetica fonts: HelvNeue35.ttf, HelvNeue45.ttf, HelvNeue55.ttf, HelvNeue65.ttf and HelvNeue75.ttf. I just noticed a difference - this happens only on my Firefox. – adarshr Sep 7 '11 at 17:02
  • I will go home and confirm if this happens on my personal laptop (Vista, FF6) as well. – adarshr Sep 7 '11 at 17:04

It's a bug with as @Jin said, the Roboto font. I can't uninstall it as the Android SDK requires it, so I used user style-sheets to solve the problem.

Chrome doesn't support native user style-sheets, I used this extension called Stylist and here's what I did:


This works fine for me on both Android.SE and Meta.Android.SE. Really does a favor on my eyes. Hope it helped.

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