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JasonBarnabe created Stylish in 2005 and Userstyles.org in 2006

Millions of people including myself today still use Userstyles.org for creating themes or installing themes other users have created.


We were all shocked when JasonBarnabe posted this:


I created Stylish in 2005 and userstyles.org in 2006 and it's been a life-changing experience. Having millions of people use something I created is amazing. However, after 10 years, my interest in the project has waned and other things both on- and off-line are taking up my time. At this point, I feel that in order to keep Stylish and userstyles.org going and reaching their full potential, I need to pass the leadership role on to someone else.


That person is: Justin Hindman

I have chosen Justin Hindman as the next leader of Stylish and userstyles.org. I'll let Justin introduce himself, but I believe Justin has the ability and desire to move the project forward. To make this switch as smooth as possible for the community, I will continue to provide support and advice during the transition period.

I would like to thank all those who contributed to the project, whether it be those who contributed code to userstyles.org and Stylish, those who posted their styles for others to use, those who spread the word, or anyone else who helped along the way. This wouldn't have been possible without you, and I wish you all the best in the future.


Justin Hindman wrote this:

Thanks Jason. It's an honor to be a part of this amazing product and community. I'm looking forward to start working and will be sharing with you guys my ideas and dreams for Stylish in the coming weeks. I'll need all the help I can get, so don't be shy with comments or suggestions!


One of the main things that got a change was great is a UI to the site besides the forums to make it look a bit better.
After the UI change, the search results were broken and lots of themes weren't working.

Later on he wrote this:

So, after finally stabilizing Stylish and bringing it back to where it was before I made the DB migration, I can finally introduce myself properly and share with you guys my plans for Stylish.

I basically thought myself programming, using online tutorials and some great communities. At some point, I joined in with a couple of friends of mine and together we tried to bring to life some cool ideas we had. One of them was MockMeApp, which was a great product. I was very enthusiastic about it, but think the market wasn’t ready for it. What it did was allow users to develop JS mockups for Android apps.

To make ends meet, we occasionally worked for other companies, developing internal sites for BI systems and company extensions. Unfortunately, that wasn’t always enough. I like to be my own boss, so looking for a job in some corporation was never an option. 

With a heavy heart, I took some time off my friends and started looking for other opportunities online. I remembered Stylish, which my wife introduced me to a few years back. I started digging around, coming to understand how amazing this project is. I contacted Jason to offer my help in fixing some bugs I found. It was mind blowing to learn that he’s doing everything on his own and that it’s generating for him a nice cash flow from ads. We got to talk and he told me he wanted to leave the project and was looking for someone to take it on. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided to go ahead and do it. It’s a huge challenge, but one I’m happy to take.

A bit about my technical background: I started as a front end developer, gradually taking on some backend projects. I was sometimes also in charge of operations, taking care of automated deployments and development environments.

I’m a Mac guy, love zsh, vim is my favorite linux editor and I also use Sublime. 

I’m lucky enough to have an amazingly talented wife, who is a web designer. She was actually the one that introduced my to Stylish. We’re working together on a brand new look for Stylish, bringing it up to speed and making it look a bit less 90’s.

Other than coding, I love carpentry. It’s a passion of mine. If you like, I can send you some picture 

I’ve started uploading some of my ideas for features and changes to a public board on Trello (https://trello.com/b/xzSUbdNv/stylish-features-list). I wanted to share it with you guys and ask you to comment and vote, so I can prioritize.

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