For some reason, Electrical Engineering has a different font compared to the other SO sites. It appears to be Times New Roman or something similar: a font suitable for letters, books and fiction.

Is there a rationale behind this?

I find posts on this site far less readable than those on the other sites of the SO network. The font is particularly bad when you paste source code, mathematical/electrical formulas and similar, and forget to put it inside code tags.

I would like to see this site using the same font as the other SO sites.

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    \$\begingroup\$ For reference, here is the relevant post in favor of the serif font: meta.electronics.stackexchange.com/a/449/638 \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Nov 26, 2012 at 19:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree, it's a combination of the font with the background grid. Also I don't like how numbers like 4 and 9 are at different line heights than other numbers. I don't know what that's called or why it is but it looks weird. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 27, 2012 at 9:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @GarrettFogerlie It's called Text Figures or Oldstyle Figures and I hate them and serifs when they're rendered in pixels. Yet I prefer them when rendered in ink and pulp. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 27, 2012 at 14:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree that the font isn't the best, but the look is not a big deal to me. What bothers me most is how digits look. Some have decenders or are shown lower contrary to convention and for no apparent reason. Digits: 0123456789. The way 3, 4, and 5 are lower can only be called "stupid". I can sortof see longer tails on 7 and 9, but the whole digit is lower. More stupidity. Actually the only ones that look right are 6 and 8. The remainder are either squashed or lowered for some unfathomable reason. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 27, 2012 at 16:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop, graphic designers and historians seem to like those old-style figures. I prefer them in history books where most of the numbers are years and dates, like 23 July, 1906. But I agree modern figures (without descenders, etc.) are easier to read for the kind of text we're writing here. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Nov 27, 2012 at 18:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ FWIW body copy is using the typesets Georgia,"Times New Roman",Times,serif; in that order (as if in you don't have Georgia you get TNR) \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben Brocka
    Nov 27, 2012 at 19:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ I agree that a sans-serif font would probably be a better fit for electronics.SE. I believe Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, or similar would be a better pick. \$\endgroup\$
    – JYelton
    Dec 5, 2012 at 6:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ The numerals are unbearable. Someone in charge please change them to something reasonable. It is the biggest design oversight in all of EE.SE. Even when I first started visiting the sight I thought "wtf is with these numbers?" \$\endgroup\$ Jun 21, 2013 at 3:04


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