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Way to mess with my muscle memory!

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It's going back to normal tomorrow right? Right? Please?

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I doubt it. It's in alphabetical order. –  Robert Harvey Apr 1 '13 at 14:51
    
@RobertHarvey Didn't know "area 51" comes after "writers". Learn something new every day. –  Lee Louviere Apr 1 '13 at 14:53
    
I know. But I hate it. –  Kate Gregory Apr 1 '13 at 14:53
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Can we have an expander show more button? –  Lee Louviere Apr 1 '13 at 14:54
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I've seen this footer before, I don't think it's April Fools... –  Wouter J Apr 1 '13 at 14:54
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@LeeLouviere: I hope I don't really have to say this, but the last two are not like the others. –  Robert Harvey Apr 1 '13 at 14:56
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They have a different color aswell... –  Wouter J Apr 1 '13 at 15:05
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How was it different before? I have no recollection of ever consciously looking at it. –  Anna Lear Apr 1 '13 at 15:12
    
I seriously don't see that.... So, is this a joke? –  ɥʇǝS Apr 1 '13 at 15:33
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@Seth Are you looking at a beta site? –  Anna Lear Apr 1 '13 at 16:28
    
Hope you like the redesign better (currently only here, on Meta) –  Oded Apr 22 '13 at 12:58

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I asked an expert to remove it.

At first she said she would, but then she admitted she was trying to get rid of it herself.

User: Not now. I'm trying to get this beta footer to go away.

Expert: Oh really? I'm kind of trying to get this beta footer to go away myself.

So... She's trying. We can only hope.

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Must..resist..upvoting joke answer –  Asad Apr 1 '13 at 17:52
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Resistance is futile. –  hjpotter92 Apr 1 '13 at 17:59

At the rate beta sites are getting thrown at the wall it's better to serve up the list of potential new time sinks in alphabetical order. They are all essentially on the same level and equal to each other. Beta is beta is beta.

When you graduate to a full site, then you can expect to be placed in order of second-birth.

Yes, it might do a number on your muscle memory at first, but it's better in the long term for finding a new site to dump your brain into.

Area 51 and Stack Apps, however, are not beta sites.

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I don't even see the beta footer though... –  ɥʇǝS Apr 1 '13 at 16:25
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Y dnt s th bt ftr nlss yr n bt st –  random Apr 1 '13 at 16:27
    
I'm sorry, but I don't understand that language. –  ɥʇǝS Apr 1 '13 at 16:48
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@Seth nl bt sts hv th bt ftr dsplyd. n rdr t s bt ftr y mst b n bt st. –  JNK Apr 1 '13 at 16:50
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@Seth: If you still didn't understand (You don't see the beta footer unless you're on beta site)... I acknowledge that it took me 1 day to decrypt this... Now I am on a mission to decrypt what JNK wrote.. :-) –  Aditya Apr 2 '13 at 19:39
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@JNK I think we're talking past each other there.. –  ɥʇǝS Apr 3 '13 at 4:01
    
@JNK Only beta sites have the beta footer displayed. In order to see beta footer you must be on beta site. (Woohoo, only took me 3 minutes :D) –  Doorknob Apr 22 '13 at 18:36
    
@Doorknob Give or take 21 days. –  JNK Apr 22 '13 at 18:38
    
@JNK I just found this question :P –  Doorknob Apr 22 '13 at 18:39

We have gone ahead an implemented a new and improved (!) footer, to be rolled out to all sites, beta or otherwise.

Currently only visible on Meta - hope this won't mess with your muscle memory.

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The new one looks much better and organized. –  Antony Apr 22 '13 at 13:02
    
They seem to be backwards (S[O/F/U] are at the end of the list). –  Doorknob Apr 22 '13 at 13:04
    
@Doorknob - Well spotted. I thought I had that in the right order, but guess not. –  Oded Apr 22 '13 at 13:08
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@Oded Instead of just having "more" at the bottom, should we let people click on the headings as well? And the "more" for "others" is essentially "all". –  Antony Apr 22 '13 at 13:13
    
@Antony - The "more" for "others" is not supposed to be there... Not sure about making the headers links as well. Will bring it up with our UX guy. –  Oded Apr 22 '13 at 13:14
    
@Doorknob - better? Better. –  Oded Apr 22 '13 at 14:20
    
If you let the visited links be a different colour than the unvisited links (not by much, but noticeable) then it will help me find my faves. At the moment I'm finding it a challenge, but I'm sure in a week I'll be used to it. –  Kate Gregory Apr 22 '13 at 16:03
    
@KateGregory - I believe in most sites they will be different. It ties into the site theme. –  Oded Apr 22 '13 at 17:18
    
Very well done! –  leonbloy May 8 '13 at 14:16

I can revert the change, if you feel strongly about it. I couldn't find anything in that morass, which is why I alphabetized them.

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I just had memory of which sites were where, and combined with a colour change I could find them. Now I'm waving my mouse around like an old person. Especially things with The at the beginning. Maybe people could vote for it using this answer? –  Kate Gregory Apr 1 '13 at 17:46
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Or hopefully Jin can be convinced to finish this design? i.stack.imgur.com/c9Ity.png It ties in nicely with the Stack Exchange Sites page's categories. –  Jarrod Dixon Apr 1 '13 at 17:58
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Wow, I really like that categorized list of sites. –  Shog9 Apr 1 '13 at 18:11
    
You have to convince Jin that footer is awesome! –  Hugo Dozois Apr 2 '13 at 16:40
    
Yeah! I really like the new design! –  ɥʇǝS Apr 2 '13 at 16:41
    
It's 6-0 for reverting it, and 14-3 for "please tell me it's April Fools" which suggests people other than me want it to go back. Problem is I've retrained my muscle memory already (I do a tour of all "my" sites every morning) so now I don't want it changed back after all :-( –  Kate Gregory Apr 5 '13 at 14:05
    
@KateGregory - The way I do the "tour" is have them bookmarked in their own folder. Middle click that... –  Oded Apr 22 '13 at 13:16

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