It just seems wrong. In my opinion it looks awful. Will it be like that from now on? :S
An alternative has been pushed. Now unanswered questions are again identifiable as they are the only one without a box. Usability has been restored. Thanks.
It drastically hurts usability. Change it back, or find an alternative.
Especially on a favored tag, the unanswered block is indistinguishable from an answered block.
The other changes so far (envelope, cross-site notification) actually improved usability. This change decreases site usability.
Yes, the old version may have been ugly, but it was usable. I'm sorry, but I'll chose usability above beauty every time.
Users looking for specific answers come from Google, not from the front page... The front page is used by people wanting to answer questions. Leave them the power to find questions to answer fast. Unanswered questions should have emphasis like it had before.
Having unanswered questions not in emphasis increases the efforts required for someone to find an answer they can answer. If the efforts increase, the number of answers will decrease.
Please stop complaining and give it a chance!
It will grow on you. (Probably)
New layout is unreadable for me. And I believe that majority of users will agree that new layout is at least less readable.
There are three equally sized numbers and now there is an effort needed to distinguish number of votes and number of answers.
Question title size is decreased so less questions will fit on one screen
And finally the worst change: number of views increased size. What is the argument for making number of views important as number of answers?
Are there any measurements or A/B test?
I guess it is just a designers whim?
Jeff or designer, please explain your motivation.
Best change yet.
Heck, you don't even need to color the number: perhaps the reason why people can't tell the difference between the red and green numbers now is because the color doesn't add any additional semantic information.
That is, the original colored box was just superfluous: a giant
is visually distinctive from all the other numbers that could appear in that area. If you see a giant zero, there are no answers. You don't need to figure out what the color is.
I read a book many years back by Steve Krug called Don't Make Me Think. And I'm reminded of the lessons in that book when I see these design updates on stackoverflow.com. The previous design was more intuitive and made things more clear at a glance.
That said, why can't we use technology to come up with a solution that everyone likes? Allow folks to choose a template via preferences.
Much more difficult to scan quickly -- loss of usability ... ugh.
On a related note, this got me to install greasemonkey, and one of the userscripts above to restore the colors. I hope someone takes a whack at restoring the box positions / views to where they were but I imagine that may be more difficult.
I'm not sure what GM allows/doesn't allow one to do, but I have a feeling its possible!
Hopefully this is constructive.
I am all for rejigging things. The Tagged Questions page can do with more distinction. Bill's answer points to site redesigns that sort of works - at least in two columns, you can still see the 0-answers.. somewhat.
When searching within a Tag or multiple, the votes/answers are collapsed into a single column, blurring the distinction.
Also, I think it better to have the ANSWERS in larger font than VOTES (question), since it is more important piece of information? The range of votes on new questions is invariably 0-1 (90-97%) so there is no real value in making it large.
I like it so far, maybe the green and red can be darker. But it would be nice to keep going and give SO a full face lift. I mean just look at some of the other SE sites. programmers.SE, math.SE, cooking, apple, they look awesome.
No offence but SO looked dull and still does when compared to the other sites and its the first and most active site.