Apart from its working, on which I already disagreed enough, I just find the new three buttons "great on-topic" / "great off-topic" / "not good" system to be visually awful; the three of them are just too plain and too similar, almost undistinguishable if you haven't already voted on one of them.

Am I the only one that thinks these graphics need improvement?


I think some colors and arrows would help a lot here.

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    The graphics of this feature-request are TERRIBLE! It needs a screenshot. With circles that illuminate the problem. Hand-drawn circles. With drop-shadows.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 5:39
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    @Shog9: meme-compliant picture added.
    – VonC
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 6:29

4 Answers 4


Why not use the same colours as the .selected class, without the bold - it's still clear which option you have selected.

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  • If someone with lots-o-rep could inline the image for me it would be appreciated.
    – nobody
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 19:31
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    Where are the drop-shadows?!
    – Eric
    Commented Jun 6, 2010 at 8:46

Perhaps a right arrow for on topic, and a left arrow for off-topic. The NaGE vote could then be a down arrow. Kinda like this:

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We would love to see suggestions for how to improve this. I agree it's not great, but we went through a lot of options and decided to err on the side of explaining too much, which is why it's so wordy and there's not much room to make it look nice.

  • "belongs" / "doesn't belong" / "bad example". The tooltips seem fine to me; wordiness there isn't necessarily a bad thing. Using "belongs on site" / "doesn't belong" could be closer in visual length.
    – Gnome
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 15:38
  • What about this? :-p img218.imageshack.us/img218/8577/votingp.jpg
    – Massimo
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 18:09
  • @massimo: That's interesting: can you vote up/down and vote on-/off-topic? Can I weight my on-/off-topic votes? What if you had unlimited on-/off-topic votes, but only 10 upvotes...
    – Gnome
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 20:10
  • @The Cat: that's exactly what I'm proposing: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/52501/…
    – Massimo
    Commented Jun 6, 2010 at 0:41

The OP gave some good suggestions - colors and arrows. Put an up-arrow or hat on the on-topic, down-arrow on the off-topic. Or maybe a smiley/frowney face for each. :)

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    It's important to avoid subliminal suggestions on whether "on-topic" is good and "off-topic" is bad.. proposals need both, and if I vote "off-topic", that is a compliment to the poster. (Yes, I have an issue with using green for "on-topic", too.)
    – Gnome
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 15:57
  • This is the fundamental flaw of this voting system... associating on- and off-topic status with question quality. But let not me start again on this, please... :-/
    – Massimo
    Commented Jun 5, 2010 at 16:33

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