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2 lines in notification bar breaks layout

The "first time here" banner on some sites has gotten out of hand. See here:

banner covers up important things

I've been using SE sites for long enough to know that the few pixels poking down from the banner belong to the "log in" link, but a newish user probably wouldn't. And good luck finding the FAQ, about page, SE dropdown, &c. I know, there's a "close this banner" box, but it's not very conspicuous, and we probably don't want to be making users' lives more annoying anyways. Can there be a cap on the length/size of these banner messages?

PS There's a grammatical error in the banner text, but in the interest of keeping distinct issues separate, I'll post that as a separate question in a moment. EDIT: here it is.

PPS For those keeping score at home, I have now fulfilled my campaign promise to provide a freehand circle with a freehand drop shadow.

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marked as duplicate by Grace Note, KennyTM, Pops, Jon Seigel, Michael Mrozek Sep 23 '10 at 18:40

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Duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/56930/… . For some reason Jeff doesn't feel like fixing it –  TheLQ Sep 23 '10 at 15:27
    
@TheLQ, good catch, voting to close, thanks. –  Pops Sep 23 '10 at 16:36
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I don't get the behaviour that you describe. I have tested this in Chrome, FireFox & IE9 (Yep 9!) and they all look like this: alt text

It must be to do with screen resolution?

I really can't see your point about closing the box - I mean the [X] is pretty big.

I think a better suggestion would be for the box to just fade out after 10-15 seconds. That way you have displayed a message to user and given them a chance to act on it. If they don't then the box will disappear and they will have to fend for themselves so to speak.

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It just depends on how big your browser window is. The links are visible if the message doesn't wrap. –  Gelatin Sep 23 '10 at 15:46
    
Not a fan of the 10-15 second fadeout; I tend to open 20 tabs worth of SE sites all at once, so I would miss a lot of notifications that way. –  Pops Sep 23 '10 at 16:36
    
@Popular And on the flip side, if you go to the site and want to login immediately, you probably don't want to wait 10-15 seconds for that bar to fade out –  Michael Mrozek Sep 23 '10 at 18:41
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