For many years, the question list view was such that you could easily move your eyes up and down along a column of numbers with the same meaning. Now the numbers are not aligned, the text is small and it feels jumbled...

I believe this was a change for the worse and ask that it be reverted - at least for desktop browsers.


  • The updates over the past couple of weeks (up to 2022-02-05) have not resolved the problem nor even significantly ameliorated it.
  • It seems the new design also decreases the number of elements per unit of vertical length; and that it has contrast issues - gray text on white background. Those are also problems but they could theoretically be addressed without reverting the entire design.
  • @hkotsubo commented with links to before and after images for the mobile question list design, and it seems to also be a change for the worse, but I should not be one to judge since I don't use SE on a mobile device.
  • This is not the the first time, unfortunately, when a core aspect of site design was degraded, and not fixed despite negative feedback: Example, another example. Maybe we should start a tag or something.
  • I should perhaps also explain why I am voicing my objection now rather than earlier, before the rollout. I was not aware it was coming. Even the "featured meta post" entitled "new post summary designs on greatest hits" does not suggest the question list design is going to be changed. And while I might have noticed this if I had spent time on meta, it wasn't "teased" in any way on regular site. The reason I'm not on meta is that... well, I spend my time asking and answering proper questions and only come here where I know something needs my attention. So - I learned about the change when I just saw it put into effect.
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    I kind of figured this type of question would be asked, so I just asked Can I ask for a recent feature change to be reverted in whole, and what are the chances of such a request succeeding? Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:02
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    In mobile it's also worse and I want it reverted.
    – hkotsubo
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:27
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    Before - more organized, more questions visible at the same time. After - I don't get SE's obsession for useless, excessive whitespace/padding/margins. I'm using Chrome in iOS 15.1
    – hkotsubo
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:33
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    Regarding being "notified about the change" - the post about changing the format has been featured across the entire network for almost 2 weeks now. SE rarely "teases" design changes on single sites, and if they do, it's almost always here, on MSE. Frankly, I don't think you can justifiably complain about not being aware of the change - it takes 5 seconds to look at the 2 or 3 "important, network-wide impact" posts that are featured, no matter what site you're on Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:36
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    @cairdcoinheringaahing Knowing in advance is almost irrelevant to this abysmal rollout. When it was only visible on Greatest Hits the critical features weren't as obvious as they now are on lists everyone use daily
    – charlietfl
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:38
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    I should perhaps also mention that I was not notified about this change - indeed. What was announced in this announcement meta post is a DIFFERENT design (see "what we are shipping later" section). Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:40
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    @MarcoBonelli: And note that, reading the title of that meta post, I would absolutely not be able to guess that it's about changing the question list design.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:41
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    @einpoklum: I would think that a question title that ends with "everywhere else eventually" would merit some investigation. Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:44
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    @NicolBolas right there? The current design is nowhere to be seen in that post. The before/after shown there does not match the current design (FWIW, just to be clear, we are talking about the home page here, not /questions). Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:46
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    @SurpriseDog: 1. Don't knock the UI designer's work. It's quite possible they were tasked with designing something completely generic, not a question list replacement. 2. I have no problem with a UI designer making 6-figures, and neither should you; the problem is that other people make 5-figures for very decent work. 3. I'm not categorically against design improvements, but I'd say "if it ain't broke, think ten times before fixing it".
    – einpoklum
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 22:48
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    @NicolBolas: 1. Well, I hope developers respond here, rather than in a comment to one of 10 or so answers to a question whose title isn't immediately relatable to the issue... 2. I won't be surprised if there's no response.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 23:15
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    Does this answer your question? New post summary designs on greatest hits now, everywhere else eventually - 12 days ago. As a featured announcement it's expected that searching for duplicates before you file a new report will turn up the duplicate and that you would simply upvote the feedback (answer) that duplicates your complaint.
    – Rob
    Commented Jan 24, 2022 at 23:25
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    @Rob: 1. It's not a duplicate. 2. The title of the question does not suggest the question list design is to be changed. 3. You're the third person to suggest that as a dupe.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 0:16
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    @SonictheAnti-NewVariant-hog: IMO, This is (site-)political censorship, using considerations which are convenient to SE inc. to suppress public criticism.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 8:02
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    Another reason for the feature request: It is now very difficult to see if a question has a negative score, especially when it is a small number like -11 rather than a big negative score like -349. This is especially difficult in the mobile view. Commented Jan 26, 2022 at 14:58


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