Recently at Crypto.SE
To be sure the problem is clear: all the questions underneath the “Related” headline are crypto questions, related to the question I was viewing. They are not related to Math.SE in any way.
Now, for all of us who’ve been using SE/SO for a while, it’s less confusing because we know and have seen those advertisements about a hundred times, so we can differ that stuff. But what about the rest of the world? When I stumble upon something like this and find it a bit confusing/misleading, I’m pretty sure new users will be more than confused – because it looks as if the bottom of that advertisement is the header to the “Related” part.
- From my point of view, a small but clearly visible CSS border around the advertisement’s image would do wonders.
- Moving the advertisement up (above the “Asked/Viewed/Active” section) would probably be even better as it would separate the advertisement from the content more clearly.
I’m currently assuming I’m not the only one seeing an issue with the current design, but I could be wrong. Therefore, I’ll throw in two questions to make it easy for every opinion to share two cents:
- Do you disagree with my observation? If you disagree, why do you think it’s not a problem?
- If you agree, do have some better ideas than what I was able to come up with? What would be your constructive way/idea to handle/solve this UI design issue?
By the way: this is an issue which affects all SE sites. To be more exact: those site designs that hug a simple white sidebar.