Here's what I've seen today when checked out the question. I suggest to remove this post notice (and just show a message after someone who had not enough reputation tried to answer) or at least to move it to make it somewhere less visible.


  1. Most important thing in question it's the text of the question itself.
  2. Only some of users who check the question have an intention to answer it themselves.
  3. If you are an active user and you are allowed to answer it isn't really that important for them to know that they are actually allowed - it's assumed by default.

Link to Question: How to remove local (untracked) files from the current Git working tree

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    Besides, the notice is wrong. "Active: 2 months ago" doesn't really sound like an active question to me. I've seen it with questions that have Active: years ago. It should probably be "Popular question". And IMO it should be just above the answering form. – Gloweye Nov 7 '19 at 10:29
  • Is this the replacement for a protected question? The new notices can be a bit confusing. – Mast Nov 7 '19 at 11:00
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    Please see meta.stackexchange.com/q/337013/334566 for this & related changes that are currently occurring. – PM 2Ring Nov 7 '19 at 11:12
  • @PM2Ring I do believe that such meta posts are useful in particular scenarios and in other scenarios they just not as useful. This question has a smaller goal and thus a higher probability to be addressed. – shabunc Nov 7 '19 at 11:44
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    Fair point. That original question (and answers) about the changes to the closed question notices is getting very large, and hard to keep track of. I mostly posted my previous comment to link this page to that page. – PM 2Ring Nov 7 '19 at 11:53
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    previously discussed in this answer/comments: meta.stackexchange.com/a/337053/281934 – pkamb Nov 8 '19 at 0:48
  • @Mast Yes, this notice is what's placed on protected questions with the updated post notices. – Makyen Nov 8 '19 at 5:26

I too find this new banner extremely distracting.

I now see it often when hitting any Stack Overflow question from Google.

I think the primary issue is that it's one of the top elements on the page, as if it was a site-wide banner or notification. It's the first thing I'm drawn to read, even more so than the question title or body.

It also annoyingly separates the question title and body, making the question harder to read.

Previous Version

The old version had the banner entirely below the question, not separating the title and the body. This made it much easier to read the question.

On longer questions, you wouldn't even see the banner until you scrolled down a bit.

The beige is also less attention-grabbing than the new blue, in my opinion.

old version

How to remove local (untracked) files from the current Git working tree

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I have written a short userscript that repositions the post notices back to their original locations:

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You can install it with this direct link (if you have a userscript manager) or view the source code on GitHub.

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    Most of my upvote is hoping that it may someday help convince SE that this is indeed the superior solution. – Gloweye Nov 25 '19 at 8:59
  • Tip: this would look nicer if you shrank the banner's width to match the question body, and added some top margin to it. See my screenshot at i.stack.imgur.com/dNQGx.jpg. (Alas, I don't know exactly what CSS I used - sorry.) – Mark Amery Dec 6 '19 at 0:03
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    @MarkAmery I've just merged a pull request by Yaakov Ellis which makes it look better (though still a little different from your screenshot). – Glorfindel Dec 6 '19 at 10:03

The Highly Active Question banner is now only shown to users who either do not have enough rep to answer (10 earned rep), or who have enough rep to unprotect (15K earned rep).

Users who are in between these two privilege levels (and thus are able to answer, but can't do anything about the protected status) are no longer shown this banner.

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  • Would it be possible to add a comment regarding beta sites, please? (I.e., is it different?) – Rebecca J. Stones Dec 22 '19 at 13:18
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    @RebeccaJ.Stones It’s based on the privilege level, not the absolute reputation. So, yes, it’s lower on betas. – Catija Dec 22 '19 at 14:20
  • 10k+ users (i.e. users with the moderator tools privilege) have access to a full list of all protected questions on the site; it might be worth showing them the notice as well. – Sonic the Masked Werehog Dec 27 '19 at 0:28
  • @sonic but what would they do with the knowledge that it is protected? – Yaakov Ellis Dec 27 '19 at 5:19

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