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Is the revamp of Stack Exchange and realtime update of questions related to any social/marketing plans of Stack Exchange and to an extent CHAOS (External Relations) work? Did the previous page layout prove not be beneficial to users?

moguzalp* and maybe others have noticed a modernization to Stack Exchange which maybe a bit too agressive for those who are conservative.

Changes over the last year

  • CHAOS team
  • Facebook and Twitter Stack Exchange pages
  • Art Director
  • Google+ sharing replaced LinkedIn sharing.
  • The sharing buttons are shown on the trilogy in addition to the SE 2.0 sites
  • Stack Exchange home page revamp
  • Realtime update of questions

To some users it seem that these feature changes are pushed out under bias as opposed to requests that may or may not improve the functionality and user experience of the SE engine.

* I wanted to do a heroic edit on http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/123836/stack-exchange-is-going-to-be-new-kind-of-facebook-do-we-need-it but the vote flood was too strong

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Heaven forbid they spend their hard-earned VC dollars on anything we didn't personally approve. After all, who needs progress? –  Robert Harvey Feb 28 '12 at 20:47
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Eeeeek! (Did someone say "Eeeek!"?) –  Laura Feb 28 '12 at 20:56
    
@Robert: How did you get a picture of my car?! –  Cody Gray Feb 28 '12 at 20:57
    
I think that you're reading a bit too much into the changes, which is causing you to see things that aren't there. Evaluated independently, none of the changes are a particularly big deal, and I suspect that's exactly how they were evaluated prior to their implementation. –  Cody Gray Feb 28 '12 at 21:01
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@moguzalp no problem I was in the middle of editing it when @balpha crashed the party. The problem with vote parades on meta is there no way to save a post via edits after such a flood. If only closing a question froze the votes temporarily say at -5 to give the OP a chance to redeem himself. Oh well, that's meta for you; murder –  phwd Feb 28 '12 at 21:02
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@CodyGray you seem to think that these are my views, I am only helping moguzalp get clarification because everyone else was getting their downvote fetish on instead of editing it for him. –  phwd Feb 28 '12 at 21:03
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@phwd balpha didn't "crash the party", he was being helpful. And, personally, I didn't downvote because of the OPs trouble with communicating. –  jadarnel27 Feb 28 '12 at 21:07
    
I see, you felt left out of the downvote party. I'm glad you were able to bring it to you, too! :-) –  Cody Gray Feb 29 '12 at 2:24
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Is the revamp of Stack Exchange and realtime update of questions related to any social/marketing plans of Stack Exchange and to an extent CHAOS (External Relations) work?

...not that I'm aware of. If we did turn into a social network quite a few developers would find the nearest open elevator shaft.

Did the previous page layout prove not be beneficial to users?

Yes, in fact it was very confusing to new users coming to the network for the first time...these changes aim to improve that new (and existing) user experience.

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@moguzalp - The previous homepage gave you no idea what our company does, or what the communities are here for...no matter how "simple" the layout was, this was very confusing. We have lots and lots of feedback about exactly this. –  Nick Craver Feb 28 '12 at 21:01
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Damnit, SOPA! Can't find the elevator shaft scene from Die Hard on youtube. –  Won't Feb 28 '12 at 21:30
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The redesign looks really cool. Kudos to whoever did it. –  Pëkka Feb 28 '12 at 21:45
    
@Won't: then may be a bit of "Yippie-Kai-Yay Mother F'n" will cheer you up? youtube.com/watch?v=4XEaeOxqy_4 –  VonC Feb 28 '12 at 22:19
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You pleasing and adapts to new useless lemmmings and upset old useful respected users. Nice policy, sure! –  Lazy Badger Feb 29 '12 at 4:49
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@Lazy - We left the stats view and such available for existing users, we purposefully didn't remove these (see the list view button on the sites page for example, this preference is saved). Also, the communities need to grow to survive, bringing in new users helps existing users. ...or were you never a new user? –  Nick Craver Feb 29 '12 at 11:22
    
@NickCraver - when I new, I RTFM and search and grok, not cry. See my history here, f.e. –  Lazy Badger Feb 29 '12 at 12:11
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