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Well, hmm, indeed. I thought it was so that we'd apply one of the crudest available forms of motivation on Anonymous Transients to get them to create an account (and therefore to post under that account). ;-)
I didn't write that - you didn't see it. It was all in your head ;-).
There has been a lot of discussion about such matters over the years, I'm sure. I've been thinking a lot about it again since I read the thread started by frozenwithjoy, actually. Since then I've been going through the markup served by PerlMonks with a fine-tooth comb (and inventing other tools, where the comb would not suffice). One easily forgotten thing can be shown here. Aside from any preferences set by logged-in users (and remember to try viewing under perlmonks.net or perlmonks.com or whatever is not your logged-in norm, once in a while) …aside from such variables, there is the initial bare HTML served up like this:
That font element inside the tt is what gets changed when we do like ww wrote: in the Display Settings node, choose "Large Code Font". I think I ought to say that I'm not arguing to change PerlMonks so that the emitted markup becomes greatly different from what is demonstrated above. Hmm, yes, the font tag is a very deprecated antique from ancient days of yor. Yes, the impact (visually) for new visitors is probably a bit odd. However, I am not proposing that it be changed. A lot of code that parses PerlMonks markup is out there, and we don't know what someone is relying on (PerlMonks has been around for a very long time). Anyway, it can be worked-around.
The best thing, by far, is to change it in Display Settings. The CSS methods are wonderful, absorbing, time-consuming puzzles to create, and I'm totally into them. However these are measures that only apply to what's seen when not viewing a perlmonks URL under /bare/?... (no user CSS is served up with the "Bare Monks" Special). There are many, many ways of using PerlMonks, I've come to understand, although I'll probably never do some of them. Anyhow, if using Bare Monks is at all important to you, or for some reason you need to view the site in a non-logged-in mode (maybe to show it to the B*ss without all the private messages from monkess “HotGuapita24” shouting from the Nodelet table?) then perhaps this minimal CSS will help:
Users of various up to date Web browsers will either know how to put that CSS statement into use for (Firefox|Chrome|Opera) or they won't. Without being exhaustive: using Firefox / Mozilla CSS extentions, you'd cover the perlmonks URL gamut by wrapping the CSS statement above like so:
Perlmonks is a truly magnificent canvas for "personal creativity" in terms of shaping the presentational styling in practically endless ways. I've finally come to really appreciate that about it, after many many years of knowledge of the site.