I see that, and I understand that. However, I guess I don't understand the point of having the "require users to register to add comments" if you don't want normal people who register to have a consistent look.
It goes to a bunch of places. For example, if I'm a registered "subscriber" I get a link that says "site admin". Is that what we want? When I log in, I'm take to the "dashboard" which is really a whole bunch of "how the sausage is made" stuff.
My blog (in the oven, still) is a professional thing. Business stuff, heavy topics. I was going to require registration to prevent clowns. I guess I could back off on that thought...
The thing is, WP is SOOO good, and SOOO close to a really perfect CMS, this is about the only thing I've found where I'd want to hack the code. (Mind you, I'm quite capable of that, and I'm all over that, if I have to, I was just hoping I didn't have to... (worrying about updates and all...)).