YouTube - Fix new look with elements from old look

Added by ssokolow@userstyles, Created: Nov 05, 2012, Updated: Aug 14, 2013
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YouTube's new look does have advantages (eg. using avatars to make it easier to tell who wrote which comment at a glance) but it also has problems which, to me, drown out the advantages:

1. The all-white look is somewhat eye-searing
2. It's harder to quickly locate buttons such as like/dislike and show more/less.
3. It's distracting for so many things to change as your mouse moves over the larger region containing them.
4. The sticky header isn't worth the wasted space

This userstyle solves those problems while retaining as much of the new design aesthetic as feasibly possible by borrowing a few things from the older looks like background patterns and on-hover behaviours.

Thanks to for the selectors needed for the main background color.

Ignore the missing video in the screenshot. It was too hard to get a sub-100KiB screenshot with it.

More info
- 2012-11-07: Added before and after screenshots
- 2012-11-08: Make the "guide" menu on the left-hand side less eye-catching when collapsed
- 2012-11-11: Fix related videos background for users not also using YousableTubeFix to expand the video.
- 2012-11-17: Compensate for some unhelpful theming tweaks added by the YouTube devs.
- 2013-01-19: Also fix the buttons added by the YouTube Center userscript.
- 2013-01-20: Kill that "clickcard" popup for the guide that won't stay dismissed.
- 2013-01-28: Fix some alignment issues on VEVO videos.
- 2013-03-28: Restore video gradient in reponse to an ID change on the player container.
(And adjust the appearance of the guide to look better with its new alignment)
- 2013-04-11: Force the page container to 100% width to fix a layout glitch with the gradient background.
- 2013-06-18: Undo the new, confusingly oversized font settings on the related videos column.
- 2013-08-09: Undo "make the whole subscribe button bright red to try to make more people click it",
Adjust the appearance of the upload button to better fit in with this style,
Fix that annoying colour mismatch between the tail and body of the subscriber count balloon,
Un-stick the header with the guide and the gear icon because it doesn't help.
- 2013-08-13: Fix the padding background on the guide.
- 2013-08-14: Fix an interaction with the YouTube Center userscript

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