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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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“Add comment” button over the Related links (and therefore unusable)

The "Add comment" button is now in the middle of the (clickable) links of the Related section, which often makes it unusable. I didn't use SO for one or two months so I don't know exactly how it ...
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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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Can your accepted answer be denoted by proper class name rather then the inline style?

Only noticed this in www.stackoverflow.com at the moment, not sure about meta,superuser,or serverfault. When using Stylish in Firefox or Chrome Stylist in Chrome there is no way to apply a style to ...
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Why does <3 show up on Stack Overflow e-mails? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Notification email from stackoverflow contains “<3” after zip code When I received an e-mail from the Stack Overflow team this morning, there was a niggling "&...
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How to fix SO's questions page in IE6? [duplicate]

https://stackoverflow.com/questions When browsed in IE6, the left part of each question is wrongly aligned. How to fix it? Don't tell me to abandon IE6, seriously. Be technical, thanks.
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4 spaces for code tags is annoying

Is it just me or is inserting 4 spaces in front of every line of my code very annoying? I would love if there was some way to put XML code in my posts without having to put 4 spaces in front of each ...
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When accepting an answer (or unaccepting it), the layout of the comments change

When I accept or unaccept an answer, the comments get "squished" in a weird manner. Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; en-US; rv:1.9.1.6) Gecko/20091201 Firefox/3.5.6 Good : Not ...
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Not enforcing fixed width font family

Currently the code blocks have a list of fixed width fonts specified in the style sheet, and I'd like them to just be monospace instead. I know I can override it with stylish on firefox to use Droid ...
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Email icon is chopped off on Chrome 4.0.429.43 on Max OS X 10.6.2 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Replies Icon broken in Safari 4.0.3 and Snow Leopard If you look at the small email icon next to the user name you see a small rectangle cutting off part of it on the right ...
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rel=next for “next” links on question pages

It would be really nice if all the next/prev links at the bottom of SO pages had rel=next / rel=prev on them, for use with browsers like Opera or the Firefox extensions that support this format for ...
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Formatting of inline code is ugly and can result in river-like patterns when used frequently

This has bothered me for a while... Ever since the bulky padding and gray background were added to <code> elements, really. But I kept hoping I would get used to it... ...I didn't. It's ugly, ...
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Search box is not friendly with dark OS themes

The search box in the top right of the sites has a white background explicitly declared. If you are using a dark theme for your OS, the default text colour is often white or near white, making it ...
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Crafting complex questions in a way to appeal to the masses

At times people will ask questions which on the surface appear to be constructed of elements and scaffolding that would leave the readers scratching their heads wondering to themselves how they should ...
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Can we have the pre tag work as the code tag does for angle brackets?

Extends. The <code> tag works really great: test < less than > but markup still works < and > don't get parsed out as tags. The <pre> tag operates different: test but markup ...
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How does SO get images in its badges?

How did Stack Overflow insert images into its badges? I don't know what you would have to change in a database to have it show HTML.
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What is the purpose of the Recent Tags cloud?

What is the thinking behind the Recent Tags cloud feature on the home page? I can't see what value it adds.
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Where can I get the template used for Stack Overflow?

Where do I get a web template for a Q&A site like Stack Overflow? The look of the site is now common across many Q&A sites and they should release the template for mass use. It's similarly ...
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How does Stack Overflow handle this case? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What HTML tags are allowed on Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User? I'm inserting the following script into my post, which is removed when shown. How did this happen? ...
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Small layout glitch on user home page if an answer has over 1k votes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Box overflow with 1000+ answer upvotes on User page There is a small layout glitch on user home page if an answer has more than 1000 votes. The vote count will not fit the ...
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Unclosed `<del>` tag in edit history when removing del'ed text

I noticed yesterday that the edit history contains unclosed tags if a <del> tag is removed from it. See revision 5 of this question's edit history to see what I'm talking about. (Screenshot ...
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Radomly Missing CSS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is anyone else experiencing random times where the CSS styling disappears on any SO site? Occasionally when browsing Stack Overflow and its counterparts the CSS would fail to ...
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Answer not following width format [closed]

The link in this answer runs outside of the fixed width, using IE7.
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How to change text color and format code while posting questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I format my code blocks? I see again and again that people here ask questions very ably — their code looks like real code, all the tags are in one color and all ...
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Quote about Google being primary use case for Stack Overflow design

I recollect hearing Jeff/Joel say in one of the podcasts that their primary use case when designing Stack Overflow was someone typing a question into Google, seeing a Stack Overflow page as the first ...
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Different question highlighting colors on different favorite tags

It would be nice to be able to have different highlighting based on different favorite tags. An interesting way to do this would be to change the highlight color from the default (#FFEFC6) to ...
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How to disable Markdown feature?

If I want to ask something like "Is it a List<String> or a List<Question>?" it gets printed as "Is it a List or a List?" which obviously doesn't make any sense. I can surely replace < ...
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Layout quirk on questions page - Preview/summary displacement [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Strange formatting on questions page Take a look at the following screenshot of a question snippet: http://media.dominicrodger.com/quirk.jpg The layout quirk is that the ...
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format color error for XML

The colorization auto-formatting doesn't seem to work too well for XML over at SO. It seems to work properly over here. Check out the color of the XML at the bottom of this question: In XSLT, can I ...
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Careers experience layout messed up in IE

Fixed - Thanks guys! Noticed that the public CV for careers has a different layout for Firefox and IE7. In IE, I get the heading and tags on several lines: alt text http://img214.imageshack.us/...
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What's was the original background color of the accepted answer?

Does anyone still remember it? It's not exactly "green".
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No change in appearance when hovering over link containing backticked code [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make links in monospaced format look more like links. Something I spotted on this answer today: If a link's text contains backticked code, there is no visual change when ...
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Removal of <table>s from SO HTML [duplicate]

Original Question On the whole the SO HTML is very good - I've never had any rendering problems. However I am working on an Stackoverflow iPhone App and the use of HTML tables (mainly on the ...
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Using SO, SU, SF Logos and Colour Schemes in Third Party Apps/Tools

I am building an App to access Stackoverflow, I would very much like to use the logo and colour scheme to give users a sense on continuity. But at the same time I don't want people to think it a SO ...
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Themes for Stack Exchange sites

Does Stack Exchange offer themes (just like in gmail) where the user can choose his best liked theme for each site? If not, how about having it?
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Errors in sstatic.net CSS file

In http://sstatic.net/mso/all.css?v=4905, there are a number of errors, according to Firefox: Expected 'important' but found 'ie7' Error in parsing value for 'max-height'. Declaration dropped. ...
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Highlight links in code sections in meta [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make links in monospaced format look more like links. If you go to https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/25837/retag-request-source-control it's impossible to know that ...
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The user information is cutoff in the answer/question revision page?

https://superuser.com/revisions/51758/list Here is a quick example of a revision list. I noticed that on the right hand side with every edit, the user names are there, but their rep/badge count is ...
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CSS link elements with no required type attribute

My FireFox HTML validator add-on always flags SO with a couple of warnings one of which is that the CSS link elements in the head don't have the required type attribute (type="text/css"). Is there a ...
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Valid HTML and semantics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use an HTML Validator on SO Does SO family care about valid html markup and semantic web? I've noticed that tables are used in most places where non-tabular data is being ...
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Make links formatted as code more prominent

Since the grey background colour has been added to inline code, links are quite hard to spot. When linking to a function's documentation I usually do it like this since it is a function it seems to ...
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What's the advantage of removing the accepted answer green background?

I always found it really easy to know if the question was solved or still pending simply by the green background. Now that its removed I have to consciously search for that little green arrow to know ...
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Move the recent activity css to a separate file

While debugging my newest, daftest, GreaseMonkey script I noticed that the css for the "Recent Activity" pages is inlined in the html. A moderate performance improvement could be achieved by moving ...
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Wide page layout option for 1080p and 1080i screens

Wondering whether SO/SU/SF/Meta could have an option for a 'wide page layout', for those of us with 1080p/1080i resolutions. The unused whitespace on both sides of the middle 'column' could be put to ...
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Yet another small ad CSS bug [closed]

I accessed the site with Internet Explorer 7 from my university today, just to see how it looked for unregistered users. I came upon this: Not short of the irony of the ad, look at the starts. ...
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Use an HTML Validator on SO

I would like to suggest checking the markup of SO to uncover bugs. No, not for accessibility or philosophical reasons, and definitely not for the sake of validation itself. And forget the goal of ...
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CSS fix/feature request: Visited link color for SO main navigation

I see that there are a hundred questions here on meta about the color scheme, but this one is very specific and easy to fix: stackoverflow.com has colored links for each of the main navigation ...
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Better style for HTML 'definition list' <dl> elements

Among allowed HTML tags there are tags which together form 'definition list', namely <dl> (definition list), <dt> (definition term), and <dd> (definition description) elements. They ...
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Who's behind the UI design of Stack Overflow?

What's their major and job title? I think they're awesome and created a good look and feel with the use of only a few images.
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Sidebar covers text area

Even as I'm writing this post, there is a bug on StackOverflow which prevents me from continuing. That is, I must open up a text editor on my computer, then cut this text and paste it into the text ...
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Is the color highlighting of “interesting” questions wrong?

I've noticed that the highlight color of "interesting" questions often causes me to subconsciously skip over them - opposite of the intended effect. It makes them look similar to ads that are stuck in ...