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This question is a bit more general but I like photo SE's design the most. There are many 'default'-styled (not ugly but a bit unreadable and too uniform) beta SE sites out there. That made me wonder, just who is allowed to control a SE sites looks and exactly how it is done?

Photo SE also features a photo of the week in the header, how is this functionality put into the site's code?

UPDATE 1 Who is capable of changing the default looks of an SE site and how does he do it?

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The design was done by Stack Exchange's very own in-house designer, and is maintained (and fixed) by them. The photo of the week is implemented by the moderators, who have control over the image and the text alongside.

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  • +1. Does this work like this with the other SE sites? (I've updated my question a bit to reflect this aspect.) – n611x007 Jan 10 '13 at 16:44
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    All the sites run the same software, and none of them allow for non-Stack Exchange staff to change things like the CSS that define the layout. – Rowland Shaw Jan 10 '13 at 17:14

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