Update: We've heard you! Alpha 2 is now released. Please let us know what you think.
In a major effort to
move as much UX cheese as possible in a single deployment significantly improve the site browsing experience, we have deployed a new version of the site navigation to Stack Overflow, Meta Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange.
The catch is that this is only visible to users that explicitly enable it.
This is the list of major changes we're introducing.
Unified home page
All major question lists have been merged into a single page, the home page. This page has three tabs: new, which shows fresh content; popular, which shows the top posts over time ranges; need answer which helps you find stuff to answer.
Almost all of these lists can be filtered by tag (we are working on the remaining ones). All of them allow different sorts and sets of questions. Finally there are further options to further customize your experience.
Simplified top navigation
Questions is now highlighted whenever we show a list of questions, including the home page. Unanswered has been removed.
How do I get this?
Go to your user preferences page, look at the bottom. Check the checkbox, or un-check it to go back to normal. Checking the box puts you in a waiting list.
We allow people in batches to verify behavior under load, ensure we've fresh eyes as we fix the inevitable bugs and so on.
There's a five minute cache expiration time, so any change you make might take a little to propagate.
Update: As we have 500 active testers now (you are amazing!), we will delaying new alpha activations until we roll out a set of fixes. Opting in now ensures you'll be in the next few hundreds to see the next version.
Update: We have activated 500 more testers after deploying a set of fixes. There are around 1000 testers active now. There are 3000 people in the waiting list, gosh! You might need to wait a little bit.
How can I help?
Here's what we really want to know :-)
- that we are not breaking stuff you used to do
- how easy is to find questions to answer, especially if you are a new user
- any ideas for improvement and feature requests
- bug reports
If there is anything you particularly hate, but it's not a breaking behavior, please think of a better alternative and suggest it as a feature request. <3
Please read this
How do I get back to you?
It's impossible to manage large amounts of bug reports or feature requests if you answer here. We periodically go through the list and ask answerers to move their bug/feature answers to a question and remove the post, and you likely will lose rep once the answer is gone.
What are the next steps?
We will spend the next few days hot fixing bugs which emerge. New ideas and breaking behaviors will be considered for the next iteration.
Thanks for all the feedback, we've planned the next iteration now, all the requests we're going to tackle in it are marked as status-planned. The ones tagged status-deferred will be reconsidered in the next cycle. Obviously feel free to test and contribute more, the new homepage is not going away.