This post will be updated as the responsive design and left navigation layouts are released on each site.

Previously, we tried this out by releasing still screenshots of the site designs and getting input on them and then releasing them live. This was problematic because users couldn't actually interact with the sites and we'd get feedback on several sites in one place, which was more difficult to follow. It also meant the sites were public with some bugs that didn't show up in testing.

We decided to revamp this process when we released the design for Photography and created a way to let users opt-in to preview the site design before it was live to everyone. Joe talks more about this here. This gives us the chance to make bug fixes before we release the designs to everyone.

To give feedback on these designs: follow the link below to that site's child meta post announcing the design.

To give feedback on responsive design and left navigation: refer to either this existing post or, for more history on the process, this older one.

To read our explanation for these changes: review Why we initiated the latest round of design changes and the role of meta. If you have any feedback for how we can do better at keeping you informed, let us know there.

Live for everyone:

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    Part of the motivation for standardizing layouts was to make it easier to provide custom themes for sites that don't currently have one. Yet it seems all of the sites in this post currently have a theme. When do you expect to provide new custom themes to unthemed sites? Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 20:35
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    @JeffreyBosboom After the existing site layouts are updated, all of the network will have the unified design (the beta theme will be rolled out to all undesigned sites eventually) and then we'll start working on the sites with no design. We need to get the baseline in place before we roll out entirely new designs.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 21:17
  • @Rubén it could be that unthemed sites are not listed. Portuguese Language isn't listed either.
    – ANeves
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 14:10
  • @ANeves: I made a mistake on one of the smart links, instead of Russian Language it should be Русский язык which is unthemed but the other four sites are themed.
    – Rubén
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 14:23
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    @Rubén To be honest, it's because I'm not sure what the plan is for them. I'm guessing they'll eventually get the same design as SO, so technically they're "complete" but not rolled out, but they're not getting Teams, as far as I'm aware, so they're not really "finished" since that module is excluded. I'm checking on it and will update when I have an answer.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 14:26
  • Thanks. I hope that the new theme(s) will not bring "new" localization issues (i.e. usually Spanish requires larger strings / text boxes). Also I hope that the themes will not be the same in order to help to minimize posts on the wrong language)
    – Rubén
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 14:31
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    @Rubén We're testing them internally and will probably be rolling them out live (not in testing) on Thursday or Friday. We're not making new themes, just reworking the existing ones, so they're getting the same as SO, which they've had for a while, as far as I'm aware.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 22:45
  • Thank you for the update and for including these sites on the list :)
    – Rubén
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 22:57
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    Thanks for the reminder @ChristianRau :) As a note, if I forget, y'all are more than welcome to edit it. ;)
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 23:20
  • @Catija - I don't see Mechanics listed anywhere ... what gives? Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 1:18
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    @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 This list has all of the beta/default theme sites together as they share the same layout. Only sites with custom designs are listed individually.
    – Catija
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 1:26
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    It would be useful to add what exactly determines the transition between the beta testing and live phases. For example, I have the impression that ELU has been in the beta phase for a time longer than that of the other sites. Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 19:27
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    @MassimoOrtolano There's not an actual... "policy"... As you can probably tell, we haven't actually switched any over to live for everyone in a while. We're going to start doing that now that everything is in testing. ... but mostly it's a judgement call. If the bugs that have been reported are generally fixed, or there aren't any complaints, the site goes live for everyone. If there are major bugs or unaddressed issues, it stays in beta until we can fix them.
    – Catija
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 20:43
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    @curiousdannii it's probably easiest to ask a new question. You can alternatively put it here but it may get a bit lost: Live: Left nav, new theming and responsiveness
    – Catija
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 0:25


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