I am new to this SE site, and looking at the badges section, the font is hard to read. Is it possible to either change this font, or make it bigger?

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The fonts enumerated for the .badge CSS class:

| Font name                | Tested ? | Looks good ?  |
| DejaVu Sans Mono         | yes      | yes           |
| Bitstream Vera Sans Mono | yes      | yes           |
| Courier New              | yes      | no, too small |
| Courier                  | yes      | no, too wide  |
| Consolas                 | yes      | yes           |
| Andale Mono WT           |          |               |
| Andale Mono              |          |               |
| Lucida Console           | yes      | yes           |
| Lucida Sans Typewriter   | yes      | yes           |

(Tested on Linux with Firefox. If you have the other fonts installed, please edit this answer.)

For now, seems that Courier New is the one to blame. I suggest to remove Courier New and to move Courier as last font specified for .badge in all.css:

font-family:"DejaVu Sans Mono","Bitstream Vera Sans Mono",Consolas,"Andale Mono WT","Andale Mono","Lucida Console","Lucida Sans Typewriter",Courier,monospace;
  • I guess I should have looked at the CSS...
    – daviesgeek
    Oct 4, 2011 at 17:43
  • Actually I intended to address that "I suggest to" to the site management. I think this should be solved globally.
    – manatwork
    Oct 5, 2011 at 7:04
  • The Mac fonts Menlo (especially) and Monaco are quite a bit closer to the "preferred" Vera Sans Mono than the current first likely fallbacks of Courier New or Courier. Oct 12, 2011 at 4:59
  • Courier only looks wide because of the peculiarities of Windows font rendering system.
    – kinokijuf
    Jan 8, 2012 at 9:40
  • @kinokijuf, then Linux presents the same peculiarities. Note that I tested those fonts on Linux. I put together a small test table on jsFiddle.
    – manatwork
    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:52
  • @manatwork I didn’t know Linux supports bitmap fonts.
    – kinokijuf
    Jan 8, 2012 at 16:25

With the recent design updates to the site, the badge font is now larger. See Site Design Updates for details.


While this doesn't address your feature request, it is a workaround: in all (modern) web browsers you can increase the size of the fonts on a page with the zoom command. In Firefox, for example, this is Ctrl+.

Alternatively, you could also use an extension like Stylish and write your own CSS snippet to override the default style.

  • Yeah, I could do that. It's not completely unreadable, but somewhat annoying.
    – daviesgeek
    Sep 3, 2011 at 22:18

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