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Feature request: Make the default styling for SE (et al) such that you can see the right sidebar without scrolling at 900-ish pixels. (This may just be a rollback?)

It's a useful and reasonably frequent use case* to read SE sites in a browser window that takes up half of your screen and work in the other half, and right now that can be reasonably frustrating.

900 < 960 for browser chrome, taskbars, docks, etc.


I'm on a Windows box with a "standard" 1920x1080 monitor, and use WinSplit Revolution to make two windows each take up half my screen.

The last week or two, I've noticed I'm unable to completely see what's on the sidebar next to the questions. I've been using SO for a while, and it seems like I would've noticed this earlier. So on that scant evidence, I wonder if it's a recent change.

This is an image with two browser windows, each taking up half of the screen. They both display horizontal scrollbars. Note: For some reason, Skitch doesn't have a stand-alone installer that works by installing into my Documents folder, and I'm reduced to using MSPaint on my current box. Apologies.

I can ctrl+[minus] my way out of this, so it's not a horrible dealbreaker, but did the minimum width for SO grow recently?

If this is common at 1920px wide, it's probably worth changing for those of us without an iMac or a 4K monitor or what-have-you.

I have ctrl-0'd in my browsers (yes, that's Seamonkey on the right. And there's no Seamonkey tag!) to make sure I'm not doing something completely idiotic. Well, other than using Seamonkey (which I enjoy).

Just to show I did at least minimal search-fu, I found a few close, but not quite, and certainly dated, questions:


Why isn't this the same as Can SO have a fluid vs. fixed-width layout?

I believe that's asking for a move from fixed to fluid. Here, I don't believe I have any problem with the width of the "answer column", or that it's a fixed size. But there's enough play with the margins, vote count sizes, and sidebars that I believe you could hit closer to 960.


Caveat: I've firebugged nothing in relation to this question.
EDIT: I've now firebugged just enough to know that...

  • The sidebar is, indeed, already fixed-width.
  • #content has a width of 1000px, so we're obviously shooting for > 960.
  • Each question and each of their answers have their own table, mainly for display. OMGWTFBBQ!1! Don't let the designers near this non-tabular data table use. This is why you don't firebug sausage being made.

* I'm guessing.

  • I do not want a fixed size sidebar. It is easy enough to scroll to the side to see what is in the sidebar, but most of the time I want all the screen for the questions and answers. – Willeke Jun 16 '15 at 20:07
  • @Willeke Pretty sure you've already got one. The sidebar's width is already 220px. Look at #sidebar .sidebar in all.css. But, to be clear, that's not what I'm asking for here. I'm asking to tighten up the page so that it shows in 900ish pixels. – ruffin Jun 16 '15 at 20:36

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