A lot of white space has suddenly appeared in the close dialogue on Meta Stack Overflow, probably because of the lack of NARQ?

It looks like there is more than there was previously on beta sites and Android, though not to anywhere near the same degree as on MSO.

Whitespace example


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Don't think this is a bug. The new design for the "close as duplicate" is taking this whole space:

So it's either having that extra space initially or having to expand the dialog vertically which I think will be even more annoying.

  • As it's got scroll bars anyway, why not just make the duplicate box shown above smaller on meta?
    – Rory
    Feb 4, 2013 at 13:42
  • @Rory good point. But only 3 visible questions then scroll the rest still feels less comfortable.. Feb 4, 2013 at 13:56
  • Don't forget, the same layout is also used for the Q&A preview after you select a question - shrinking that up more would kinda hurt.
    – Shog9
    Feb 4, 2013 at 20:17
  • @Shog9 fair point, it just looks so icky though :L
    – Rory
    Feb 4, 2013 at 20:20
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    Yeah... Guess we'll have to add a new close reason. Closed as Makes Unicorns Weep by Rory
    – Shog9
    Feb 4, 2013 at 20:23
  • @Shog that's about the best suggestion I've heard for looong time! Feb 4, 2013 at 21:00

This might not be a bug, but it still looks wrong. I liked Ben Brocka's idea of vertically centering the list to avoid any complex changes or exceptions for sites with different numbers of close vote options, however it didn't look that much better when I mocked it up:

View when centred

Even if this isn't a bug in the strictest sense of the word I still think it's worthy of being fixed by either:

  1. Making the close box smaller on meta and showing fewer duplicates before scrolling down
  2. Making the close box smaller on meta for the first window, having it grow on the next step of the workflow then re-implementing this feature request so we don't all go crazy (although looking at Shog's latest edit on it I guess this isn't too likely).
  • Jeremy was concerned that moving the button up would confuse it with search... I can kinda see that.
    – Shog9
    Feb 4, 2013 at 20:24

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