Maybe it's just me, but the new "highly-active" banner seems kind of jarring:

Screenshot of a question showing the banner

It feels to me like the most eye-catching thing on the page, positioned as it is above the question text, and yet it's probably irrelevant to me: the average person to arrive on a question just wants to read the content, and doesn't care whether the question is protected or not. I personally find it distracting enough that I'm tempted to unprotect questions just to spare visitors the visual noise.

Why not move the banner down - for instance, below the question...

Screenshot of an alternative layout I'm suggesting

... or even all the way to the answer box:

Screenshot of yet another alternative layout

(One compromise might be to show it below the question for users who don't have enough rep to answer a protected question - since it's potentially valuable for them to know that immediately if they're only reading the question because they're considering answering it - but to show it above the answer box for the rest of us. But I think either option would be preferable to how it's positioned now.)


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From the Meta post announcing the launch of the Post Notice redesign:

New Post Notices are live network-wide

I feel like the old notices did X better, can I get that back please?

The old notices are gone for good. And the main structure of the new notices is not going to be changing for the time being (so no, we aren't going to move some of them back down to the bottom of the question) That said, we are open to hearing all suggestions. Make a case for how we can fit your needs into the new notices (taking into account that any changes that we make need to also work in the context of notices that are seen by millions of people every month).

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    Argh! I'd honestly rather unprotect everything I see than live with these in their current locations. The noisy banner bugs me more than bad answers would. :(
    – Mark Amery
    Commented Dec 5, 2019 at 23:57
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    @MarkAmery very much agree. Follow along here and here.
    – pkamb
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 0:01
  • It is particularly annoying when I have already answered the question. Why are you telling me less than I already know? is my immediate, irritated thought.
    – user540056
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 0:35

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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