The avatar on the side is actually the 'classic' vb style. It was changed to the avatar 'bar' style recently and many people do not like the new style - so much so that vb still offers the 'legacy' style as an option. I had left the 'new' style on the site initially simply because no one here knew much better and I didn't want to start customizing right away. Ironically for your post, one of the complaints of the new 'bar' vb style is that it takes up too much room On posts larger then 10 lines or so it actually makes the post larger. On small posts, the classic style actually takes up less or about the same room. For comparison, look at the attached screenshot. The post above yours is one line and is actually smaller in the 'classic' style, contrary to your comment. And you can see in your post, the styles are roughly the same size. I think you will find overall, they average themselves out or the 'classic' vb style actually takes up less room by a small margin.