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.

  • Which site are you on? The search box doesn't expand for me anymore on Stack Overflow or here, in either IE or Firefox.
    – user102937
    Jul 18, 2012 at 15:19
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    I still see it expand when I start typing in Firefox. Jul 18, 2012 at 15:20
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    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.
    – user102937
    Jul 18, 2012 at 15:22
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    @snowdude, you're not alone. Jul 18, 2012 at 15:33
  • I'm normally working on FireFox but it happens on IE too.
    – snowdude
    Jul 18, 2012 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, 2012 at 17:01
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    @DanielHanly str.length() is still there in JS. :) Jul 18, 2012 at 17:17

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This has been fixed with the new top bar.

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