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Questions tagged [design]

Use this tag for questions regarding the design of the Stack Exchange websites; e.g., for issues with the layout.

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What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Exchange sites?

The Stack Overflow site engine, as you know, uses Markdown for questions and answers. Per the Markdown specification, you are allowed to freely intermix HTML and Markdown tags. Not all HTML tags are ...
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Badge symbol in notification is of the site you're on, not where badge was earned

It's so cool that the notification reminds you of the colour of badge you've earned. But I am a little puzzled by the symbols: Is it feasible to use the symbol from the earned site? At the moment it ...
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Right-hand sidebar covers the footer on the “ask question” page and markdown help page

I have noticed that while asking questions and scrolling to the bottom of the page, the right sidebar containing recent questions covers the footer partially. Also, a part of it goes beyond the ...
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Help us test the shiny new “User Activity” page! (Plus a bunch of new features.) [duplicate]

We've launched! Please give feedback here. Today, we're shipping the new "Activity Page" of the Profile here on Meta SE, so you can test it out and hopefully share some feedback and suggestions ...
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Ch-ch-ch-changes: Left nav, responsive design, & themes

Thanks everyone for your feedback. The team has responded to feedback in the post Left nav, responsive design, and theming next steps . Check it out. Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming. As you've ...
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Is there some markup to post tags?

I am wondering because I was editing my profile and I though it would be nice to put the languages I know and stuff like tags. Is it possible to post a tag? If it's not, do you think it's possible to ...
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<kbd> elements are way too intrusive

<kbd> is a great way to mark up text to be entered. But when you use it on Stack Exchange sites, it's really difficult to read. For instance, say I typed this sentence by starting with a Shift+F,...
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Can SO have a fluid vs. fixed-width layout? [duplicate]

When will SO stop wasting real estate of my screen by having static width layout? EDIT It would be very interesting to hear how does Joel, being UI specialist, feel about this. JoelOnSoftware site ...
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List of communities with base css updates completed

By January 2016, All communities have been updated The design team has been rolling out design updates to sites as part of network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: ...
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Alignment issue in 'Your Sites' section in the Android app

There is some unwanted extra spaces in between each site in the Your Sites section. Steps to reproduce: Touch the Nav Icon in the left top corner Touch the EDIT link in YOUR SITES Scroll the screen; ...
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Profile Page Makeover, Part 3: the Prototype returns

Update We have done a bunch of work following your feedback - just look at all those status-completed tags on the different answers here! The top suggestion was to do something about the badge ...
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“You've earned (badge)” panel layouts are broken

When I visit my activity page I see this: The "Congratulations! You've earned (badge)" section has dropped down completely beneath the tabs under it. The "You've earned a new privilege!" section has ...
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SO mobile site “Your Answer” textbox appears on top of flag dialog

The "Your Answer" textbox seems to be eating the flagging dialog as shown in Figure A.
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Bug in textarea in bounty creation popup

I was attempting to create a bounty for a question over on Stack Overflow and ran into a rendering glitch on the last page. After entering a sentence that exceeds the length of a single line, the ...
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Let’s improve our site navigation

A Release Candidate has been announced A.k.a. the 2015 Questions to Answer Refactoring Konversion (QuARK) A.k.a. the great cheese move of 2015. TL:DR; we are looking to change the navigation of ...
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Tags in spoilers are always visible

Tags in spoilers are always visible, even if you don't put your mouse on the spoiler (on this Code Golf answer for example). See the screenshot: Looks a bit strange on this site too:
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Why do some questions in question lists have a yellow background? [duplicate]

On SO, when I'm scrolling through "questions" some have a yellow background. Is this intuitive to everyone but me? What is the yellow background trying to tell me about this particular question?
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CSS for Stack Overflow didn't load

I originally thought this was a mobile-theme related issue, but it is not. The css of the page does not load. I guess I could clear my browser's cache. Is there any other option? Edit: I do not ...
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Make clear which profile data is visible to whom

Looking at my own profile and the edit profile form, it isn't really clear to me which data will be publicly displayed/visible to registered users/visible to mods and which won't. When I look at ...
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“Similar questions” overlaps footer and has no background [closed]

When I can scroll down far enough to have the hot network questions overlap the footer (because my question is short) there is no background under the text: Could they either be given a white ...
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The flag pop up on heavily downvoted answers has grey text

Go to any random heavily downvoted answer Click on the flag button . Is this status-bydesign? This is still happening, over a year later, and with work having been done updating the flagging ...
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Having a dark theme for Stack Exchange sites

Each Stack Exchange site should provide users the option of using a dark site design/theme. Why is this feature missing? The major IDEs are already a letdown regarding dark color schemes.
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New! Smarter profile creation and syncing

We've made some changes to profile editing. The TL;DR is: We now encourage users to set a name and picture during signup. If you sign up with Google or Facebook, we pull them in and let you edit ...
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CSS alignment issues on close reasons with pending votes

"Should" word in italics is shifted down in the vote-to-close popup when there is at least one pending close vote. Just have a look at this: Now without close votes: So the issue occurs ...
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Rollout of responsive design site themes - Tracking post

This post will be updated as the responsive design and left navigation layouts are released on each site. Previously, we tried this out by releasing still screenshots of the site designs and getting ...
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Tabs Flicker when Mouse Over Top Edge

If I go to the Questions page and hold the mouse over the top edge of one of the tabs (other than the one currently displayed) the tab will flicker wildly. This happens in all major browsers. (IE, ...
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Stack Overflow T-shirt, 3rd anniversary edition [closed]

I was talking to Jarrod the other night about the early days of Stack Overflow. I then realized SO came out of private Beta three years ago. What better way to celebrate this milestone than making a ...
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What does constructive criticism of a design change look like?

Last week we rolled out the new network theme to several sites. Some of these sites had beautiful designs previously and now have a less striking look. Unsurprisingly, the response to these changes ...
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Responsive design released for all Beta & Undesigned sites

This is now out for all of the sites We've had the new default unified theme up on Programming Puzzles & Code Golf for a month and a half now and the response there has been really positive. We ...
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Feedback Requested: Design-Independent Graduation

Last month's announcement about our updated criteria for graduation and site closure sparked some solid examination into the intended nature of public beta and graduation. One thing these discussions ...
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New Stack Exchange Beta Theme

We launched the new Stack Exchange Beta theme on our Judaism site a few weeks ago. Starting today, we'll be gradually rolling it out to the rest of the Beta sites. Yes, we're retiring "Sketchy," R.I.P....
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Mobile web refresher, part 2 [duplicate]

After a sizeable amount of work we are releasing a new version of the mobile web site, this time focusing on the question and answer page. We have also fixed or implemented a minimal large part of the ...
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Did you ever wish you could have a Hot Dog Stand-themed meta.stackoverflow.com? [closed]

Are you depressed by all the gr[ae]y colors plaguing meta? Do you wish you had some exuberance on your favorite website? Are you hungry? Are you still reading this? Well, worry no longer. I'd like ...
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Visited links should be more visible

(This is mainly for Stack Overflow, I did personally not check out color schemes on the other sites. But a similar issue has been raised for beta sites.) I don't think the current style for visited ...
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Images can be pushed outside the boundaries of a post by using nested lists

A B C D E F I don't even know. It just seemed weird. Yes, I understand I could just avoid doing something like that. But the problem already exists with a single level. Consider having 2 ...
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Modulate the review notification's color to reflect changes, or make it dismissible

Following another feature request that was completed yesterday (Notify users of possible reviews on toolbar), users of several sites have noticed a persistent notification in the top bar for flags ...
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Downvote pop-up is overlapped by the question, if the question is transparent

A picture says more than a thousand words As you can see, the pop-up that tells me, that I have downvoted this question gets overlapped by the question itself: EDIT: This also happens on other ...
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Can we make the post-issue indicator more tolerant of window size?

There is a handy moderator tool that adds a little indicator to the left margin of a post that has deleted comments or flags. This is really useful, as it pushes information to the mods instead of us ...
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Can we make new flag responses more visible?

When looking at my flag-responses page, it's not always easy to tell what's new. Sometimes flags take a while to resolve, so I might have one farther down the page that only now got resolved. ...
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Top bar should be consistent on all sites… but it's not

The top bar is showing (again) the suggested edits count and 10K flags count, like it was before. On Stack Overflow it looks like this: (that's the original color, same as in old top bar) And on ...
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Why are the comment upvote and flag options always appearing now?

I just saw now that a new build had rolled out in which the comment upvote and flag options are always visible. Previously, one had to mouse over the area in order to see them. Why was this just ...
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CSS bug with printing site pages (now with 100% more suggested fix included!)

So I have to print some Stack Overflow pages and bring them around. Just accept it. Problem: while pages may look perfectly normal on the web, something recently broke the print layout... a huge ...
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Tags feeling a little shy again

When editing a question the tags are feeling a little shy and aren't displaying themselves fully. The inline tag editing does not have the same problem but the tags jump around a little as well. I'm ...
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Elements on right side are cut-off [closed]

I have noticed that some elements on the right side of the Stackoverflow interface are cut-off. I have found a similar question "Rightmost tags in Favorite Tags are cut-off on the right" on meta, but ...
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Rollout of new network site themes

For the remainder of updates, see the tracking post: Rollout of responsive design site themes - Tracking post See updated schedule below and updated stock theme As promised (albeit delayed), we ...
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What are the architecture details of Stack Overflow?

Software Stack: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2008/09/what-was-stack-overflow-built-with/ Database Details: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/06/stack-overflow-creative-commons-data-dump/ What are ...
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What's up with the new CSS?

I've just noticed the new rep/vote counts look different, and not in a good way (IMO, obviously people will disagree). What else has been changed, and is it permanent?
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Left nav, responsive design, and theming next steps

Those interested can now opt-in to beta testing new themes across the network. More details in Opt in to beta testing new themes In the post entitled Ch-ch-ch-changes: Left nav, responsive design, &...
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CSS not loading on Stack Overflow (or, Eeeek! Why is StackOverflow naked??)

Stack Overflow seems to be having some CSS issues right now. At first, it presented as CSS disappearing when refreshing in Firefox (though hitting Enter from the address bar seemed to restore it - I'm ...
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Can the links be disabled in the vote-to-close dialog?

Over the time I've been able to vote for closure on SO, I've gotten into the habit of clicking on the reason itself in order to select the radio button corresponding to it. Since the reasons have ...