Is this (the following image) the intended default UI that is to be shown to a user when the URL
http://android.stackexchange.com/topbar/inbox is accessed?
That looks, how do I phrase it, pretty much soulless, devoid of everything except crude text.
Note: I'm not mocking anyone's design or coding experience/judgement here, if you may happen to assume so. All I want to say is, that page looks WEIRD and it may impact negatively the experience of a new user on an SE site.
Similar crude text can also be seen for the URL
This is how I ended up at that page:
Go to Superuser/Stack Overflow/Android Enthusiasts/Meta StackExchange or perhaps any other network site without being logged in → tap the inbox/achievements icon → log in.
On a side-note, I suppose the inbox and achievements icon (for a non-logged in user) were introduced recently, not sure though.
I have my account registered with Facebook so I used the Facebook authentication option. There is no issue in UI up until now.
And now, you're greeted with a series of hyperlinks.
The behavior is consistent on both Firefox and Chrome. I used the following platforms and browser builds to test the UI, with and without addons/extensions:
Slackware Linux 14.1
- Firefox v38.2.1 (offered by Tor's latest build) and v38.0.5 Beta
- Chromium v41.0.2272.76 (64-bit)
- Firefox v40.0.3
- Google Chrome v45.0.2454.99 m
I found transcripts by rene and nicael here and considering the text there, I suppose the URLs probably has some merit to exist and remain publicly accessible.
- What did I really see: a deliberate design or an unexpected outcome of something unbeknownst to me?
- Is there a reason those URLs are accessible to a user but remaining alien to parent site's UI?
- Perhaps, in all likelihood, everything I noted above is not an issue at all . In that case, sorry for the trouble caused here!