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I find it very distracting the way the search bar changes size when I start typing in the search box. On my monitor my input cursor is at around pixel X of around 1200 when I start typing but then the input cursor suddenly jumps to around pixel X 900 as it expands. It's an 'uncomfortable' feeling, on a site that is otherwise super comfy, as I have to adjust my eye focus point.

I'm sure some people love it but I'd rather have a button that I can click to expand the field when I want it resized rather than it happen automatically.

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Which site are you on? The search box doesn't expand for me anymore on Stack Overflow or here, in either IE or Firefox. – Robert Harvey Jul 18 '12 at 15:19
I still see it expand when I start typing in Firefox. – Bill the Lizard Jul 18 '12 at 15:20
Ah, start typing. Never mind. It's the beloved auto-expanding supercollider searchbox. It will die when you pry it out of the developers' cold, dead hands. – Robert Harvey Jul 18 '12 at 15:22
@snowdude, you're not alone. – Frédéric Hamidi Jul 18 '12 at 15:33
I'm normally working on FireFox but it happens on IE too. – snowdude Jul 18 '12 at 15:37
You wait until you write a really long search request, then you'll be thanking this functionality because you can read/review before you submit the search – Dan Hanly Jul 18 '12 at 17:01
@DanielHanly str.length() is still there in JS. :) – bytebuster Jul 18 '12 at 17:17
possible duplicate of Eeek, the super-mega-expando search box is annoying, part 2 – Gilles Jul 18 '12 at 18:33

This has been fixed with the new top bar.

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