Update: A Release Candidate has been announced

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Last month, we introduced a number of changes to the navigation for selected users:

  • A new alpha-testing platform
  • Unified question list with three tabs and a number of knobs to customize your question list selection
  • New top nav

We received a bunch of feedback—thanks! That was amazing!

After reviewing it, merging it with the internal impressions and some in-depth UX investigation by our design meister, Kurtis, we've developed a new version and we are ready for your hate and blame wonderful feedback and testing.

Will you help?

How to participate

We have a number of willing victims candidates from the previous iteration, but we'll step it up a tad this time.

Mark your user as a candidate

the new "New Navigation" panel

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 activate users in tranches, randomly. There is no guarantee that we'll use all candidates straight away. Last time a lot of people were confused by this. Don't be :-)

Report on meta

Please don't report bugs and feature requests here: use this question for general considerations only.

You can use separate questions tagged with or as appropriate.

What's new?

Sticky preferences

Your last tab is saved, as well as your preferences within the tabs. In other words, clicking on the homepage logo sends you back to the last tab you were using, without any filters. Clicking on a tag sends you to the last tab you were using, filtered by that tag.

Real-time notifications

Most tabs should have real-time notifications now, including the "need answers" pages, and pages filtered by tags (with "any" or "all")

"Hot" questions can be filtered by tag

That was not possible before, now it is

"Recommended" is now a tag filter

Rationale: although it doesn't, strictly speaking, filter by tags, it does show questions recommended for you and this is very heavily influenced by your tags (preferred or actively used). Moving it to a tag filter makes the navigation much more intuitive

List permalink

There is now a permalink for sharing a question list at the bottom of the page


  • "Bounties" link, now says... "<n> bounties" instead of just "<n>"
  • "Need answer" is now "need answers"
  • Tab design is back to... tabs (on Stack Overflow)

Previous announcements

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    So that's why everything looked so new and fancy :) – Anthony Pham Jun 23 '15 at 16:01
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    While sticky preferences sounds gross, I'm super glad to see it implemented :D – Carrie Kendall Jun 23 '15 at 16:09
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    I hope I actually get to test it this time around... – Diminutive Colossus Jun 23 '15 at 16:10
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    I OPTED IN THREE SECONDS AGO AND IT'S NOT WORKING, WHY? Just kidding, I'll be patient. – woz Jun 23 '15 at 17:30
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    Real-time notifications = still not working: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/297627/… – BradleyDotNET Jun 23 '15 at 18:45
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    When does the responsive design update come? 6-8 years? It should have been done 6-8 years ago – bjb568 Jun 24 '15 at 19:45
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    Responsive design is the absence of a mobile version, i.e. it works for all devices without a min or max width. It needs to bring all the desktop features to mobile, but also work properly on screens larger than 1024px across. (hint: get rid of table layout!) – bjb568 Jun 24 '15 at 19:54
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    @bjb568 it's not a philosophical stance. It's just very complex. The first step is fixing our CSS stylesheets, and that's being rolled out gradually. – Sklivvz Jun 24 '15 at 20:16
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    Adding 1000 more users now. Good luck! – Sklivvz Jun 24 '15 at 22:03
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    "Last time a lot of people were confused by this. Don't be :-)" Haha this is an awesome way to fix a confusing system :P – Lightness Races in Orbit Jun 25 '15 at 17:11
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    Also if Sklivvz is not looking for feedback (he's gone on every answer here asking its author to delete it) then why is this a Meta post? There is even a closure reason on Meta for "does not invite feedback" or whatever. I get that you want individual bug reports in individual questions, but then what is this page for, beyond the announcement? Do it on the blog instead? Just a thought x – Lightness Races in Orbit Jun 25 '15 at 17:12
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    I am inviting feeback. Not bug reports or feature requests as answers (we welcome them as separate posts, of course!). There are other kinds of feedback (e.g. requests for clarifications, general comments...) – Sklivvz Jun 25 '15 at 17:31
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    Hey, the live updates don't work at all. – nicael Jun 27 '15 at 9:55
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    I'm voting to close this question because all reports should come as new questions, as OP clearly said to all now deleted 5 (!) answers. Let's not waste people's time. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 3 '15 at 5:37
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    @Sklivvz you mean feedback like "I love it!" or "I hate it!", and that doesn't fit as answer to begin with. Any real feedback will always ask for something. So really no point leaving this open. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jul 3 '15 at 5:40

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