I was just at Area 51, and noticed that:

  • The buttons to access my inbox and sites were on the left side
  • The user's box to access the profile is a lot smaller
  • When going into the profile, Area 51 focuses directly on reputation

What's going on with Area 51's format? Why is it different than any other site?

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Because it's old. Really old.

It was always a bit different from the other Stack Exchange sites. And when Stack Exchange revamped their engine, Area 51 was passed over. Changes to Stack Exchange often aren't reflected on Area 51.

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    Not just old, it's not a Q&A site, hence can't use the same base design and requires a different codebase. Apr 25, 2018 at 11:53
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    @ShadowWizard Calling it "a bit different" was an understatement, wasn't it? I do believe some of the code was shared initially. Haven't found references supporting that though. Apr 25, 2018 at 11:57

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