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It's been addressed before, the "chat" link which either shows up or doesn't show up in the top bar is confusing. (hardly surprising)

I suggest the following:

  • Always show the "chat" link.
  • Always show the "blog" link (when the SE site has a blog).
  • Highlight the blog link instead of putting "new" in front of it when there is a new blog post.

Result:

  • No more "shifting" GUI parts. (If this were to be a reason for the current design, ironically it does shift now due to the "new" icon.)
  • It's always visible whether or not a site has a blog.
  • Users aren't surprised. When they use the link once, they can always find it again.

As a side note: the "new" icon in front of the bottom "blog" link doesn't disappear along with the one in the top-bar after clicking on the link.


To prevent any further "but, you can find the link in so many other places"-answers:

It's not an issue whether it's hard to find. The issue is it's inconsistent and confusing. I learned I was able to find it there, and afterwards it's no longer there ... that's the problem.

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possible duplicate of Eeeek! Where did the chat top navigation link go? and thanks for making it so easy to find the dupe ;-) –  The Unhandled Exception Dec 15 '11 at 15:06
    
@TheUnhandledException: This is a feature request. I don't see the suggestion in your mentioned duplicate. (I actually link to it.) –  Steven Jeuris Dec 15 '11 at 15:07
    
I consider it essentially a duplicate because Jeff himself basically said this is status-bydesign on the very question you linked to. But we'll se if 4 other people agree with me! –  The Unhandled Exception Dec 15 '11 at 15:10
    
Well, this is a feature-request, asking to reconsider the status-bydesign. ;p –  Steven Jeuris Dec 15 '11 at 15:16
    
Good luck with that Steven, I haven't seen many succeed on that quest! ;-) –  The Unhandled Exception Dec 15 '11 at 15:19

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I really don't think this is necessary.

Chat is not hard to find. It's always at http://chat.<sitename>.com And there's plenty of other links to it.

As Jeff himself says:

You can also find chat links, at least on any meta, on every question page in the sidebar:

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Note that "4 people chatting" is a link to the rooms page, whereas the rooms are.. links to the individual rooms.

And it's at the bottom, as Reno points out:

Right here!

You will find it on the footer navigation bar thingy.

---- On Chrome/Firefox - hit Ctrl + End to go to the bottom.

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I that case, never put it in the top link. It's not an issue whether it's hard to find. The issue is it's inconsistent and confusing. I learned I was able to find it there, and afterwards it's no longer there ... that's the problem. –  Steven Jeuris Dec 15 '11 at 15:08
    
Well, we disagree that it's confusing then -- that's okay! :-) –  The Unhandled Exception Dec 15 '11 at 15:11

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