In the footer, there is a "Disable Responsiveness" link that toggles responsiveness on the current SE site:


But I don't like responsiveness and would prefer to disable it across the entire SE network, by default, without having to do it on each new site I visit. Is this even possible?

If not, would implementing it be a possibility? (For example, there could be a network-wide default and a per-site override, like Discord handles channel permissions, but even an "overwrite all sites' responsiveness with one setting" feature would be quite welcome.)

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    IIRC the team's plan is to remove the button once responsive design is fully rolled out. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Aug 16 '18 at 2:43

I see that Joe has marked this status-review, which is great. I have a request about implementation. Please consider users who use multiple devices. I would disable responsiveness on my desktop and tablet in a heartbeat, but on my phone I need the full site, not mobile, if I want to be able to moderate, and the non-responsive full site is terrible on a phone. Some of y'all see well enough to do that; I don't. Other users might want the responsive design on a non-crowded home machine with a large window, but want to turn it off when putting two 950px windows next to each other (browser and editor).

These use cases will not be possible if the setting is tied to the account; it needs to be possible to control it for a browser. A global setting with local override would work. Please don't just make it global.

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    I think the easiest way would be to implement this as a cookie. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Aug 21 '18 at 2:50
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    Great idea, thanks! I hadn't even stopped to consider phone users, who responsiveness is made for. (: – SilverWolf Aug 21 '18 at 15:35

A user script to permanently disable responsiveness on the whole network(*)

// ==UserScript==
// @name        StackExchange, disable responsiveness
// @match       *://*.askubuntu.com/*
// @match       *://*.mathoverflow.net/*
// @match       *://*.serverfault.com/*
// @match       *://*.stackapps.com/*
// @match       *://*.stackexchange.com/*
// @match       *://*.stackoverflow.com/*
// @match       *://*.superuser.com/*
// @run-at       document-start
// @grant        none
// ==/UserScript==

// from https://stackoverflow.com/a/5968306
function getCookie(name) {
    var dc = document.cookie;
    var prefix = name + "=";
    var begin = dc.indexOf("; " + prefix);
    if (begin == -1) {
        begin = dc.indexOf(prefix);
        if (begin != 0) return null;
        begin += 2;
        var end = document.cookie.indexOf(";", begin);
        if (end == -1) {
        end = dc.length;
    // because unescape has been deprecated, replaced with decodeURI
    //return unescape(dc.substring(begin + prefix.length, end));
    return decodeURI(dc.substring(begin + prefix.length, end));

(function() {
'use strict';

    var myCookie = getCookie("no-responsiveness");

    if (myCookie == null) {
        document.cookie = "no-responsiveness=1";


(*) I hope I did not forget any sites

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