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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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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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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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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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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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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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<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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Allow the <small> tag

Can the <small> HTML tag be allowed and properly styled? Currently people wanting to write something small use either sup or sub which achieves a similar effect, but using it for small text is: ...
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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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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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Eeeek! Why is Stack Overflow naked? [closed]

It just seems wrong. In my opinion it looks awful. Will it be like that from now on? :S
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Can we get rid of the disclosure triangles that don't disclose anything on the edit screen? [closed]

I can't count the number of times I've tried to click one of these triangles: Could we change them to something more... non-clickable? Like these little things: ● ● ● ●?
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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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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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Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can they get changes implemented?

Update: We've begun working on new site designs and the information below also applies to them. I've added a new section about it and adjusted some of the guidelines as they've changed a bit. There ...
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Stack Overflow Moderator Cards

We recently printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites high quality ...
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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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Mobile web refresher [duplicate]

We are rolling out a revisited version of our mobile web sites with the following aims: A navigation and look-and-feel more consistent with our desktop UI in a mobile friendly way. Better usability ...
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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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Can we show new/anonymous users more Q&A?

With left nav, responsive design, and various new-user notices, this is what an anonymous user currently sees (browser window here is 1090px wide): I realize that a lot of this content -- code of ...
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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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Moderator diamond is too large relative to other text on Android

This is very painful to look at. We understand appearances are everything, but there's no need to exaggerate. Could you please bring them back down to regular size? It also throws off the formatting ...
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Let's break up with “Graduation” and remove a bunch of “Beta” labels

Over two years ago now, we made a big shift in how we handle "graduation" - nearly severing the connection between "graduation" and site design. We also talked about removing the "beta" label at some ...
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On beta sites, the monospace formatting in a spoiler quote is evil.

It doesn't reproduce on Meta, but it will on any beta site. To see an example, check out this meta.chess post: Edit: I noticed that on SciFi, English, Area 51, and Electrical Engineering (at ...
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All Stack Exchange site logos are showing up as the 3D Printing one

This just started happening on non-meta sites: Meta Stack Exchange's logo in the "Featured on Meta" section seems to have been replaced with some site's logo. Mousing over the icon does produce "Meta ...
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Can we add Markdown support for tables?

This is similar to: Is there Markdown to create tables? and Please add support for tables in answers and questions, but is slightly different. The other questions are asking more of a why question, ...
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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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Wanted: A standard way for a site to have a prominent professional advice disclaimer

I propose that there ought to be a way for the mods of a site to put up a prominent disclaimer that shows up on every page and makes it clear that the site does not offer professional services. For ...
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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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Why is one stack piece in the Stack Overflow logo slightly off? [closed]

I understand this question has already been asked but in this I have expounded on the issue and explain more unsightly features of the Stack Overflow logo. I'm not sure why but every time I visit ...
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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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Re-Skin the facebook.stackoverflow.com site so it doesn't “feel” exactly like regular stackoverflow.com

The new Facebook SO site is a great idea, but the experience on there can be confusing, since there's no UI hints for logged in users to inidicate that we're in the Facebook Stack Overflow sub-site ...
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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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You can't see the question owner's special color

When the owner of a question comments on their question or an answer to their question or self-answers their question, they get a special color for the box around their username. The problem is, you ...
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Comment vote coloring is backwards

High voted comments are in black text and look boring and unremarkable, while comments with a few votes have the red "hot" color on them. (I have no idea what is with the blue 25 :P) Could this be ...
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Stack Exchange™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ image wacked

And if I click on it... Looks like a CSS sprite issue... I'm thinking that the image was recently changed, by looking at the name, https://meta.stackoverflow.com/content/img/share-sprite-new@2....
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Can we move “Start a bounty” to a more intuitive location?

Can we please move the "Start a bounty" link to be in the same location as all of the other action buttons? It makes no sense to me for this to be buried after the comments - It's an action on the ...
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Make links in downvoted posts be grey, just like the text

Downvoted posts are nicely rendered some sort of greyish. However, links are not. That makes links in such posts stand out even more. If there is some wish list for minor CSS tweaks: maybe make the ...
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Checkmarks on new SE sites are inconvenient for red-green colorblind users

When I ask a question on some of the new SE sites (and every answer has a check mark next to it for me to select one as my accepted answer), it's very hard for me to tell the difference between the ...
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Underline appearing for hyperlinks

All the hyperlinks in the Post and Comments in the site are displaying with an underline. Sample link. Previously the hyperlinks are displaying without an underline. While edit the post, in the "...
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Redesigning the /users page

After 2.5 years of being almost entirely unchanged, we're thinking about redesigning https://stackoverflow.com/users This page is kind of underutilized real estate at the moment: It is rather ...
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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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Can the status of whether an answer has been accepted be a separate icon rather than a color difference?

It seems to me that the color difference to indicate whether a question has an accepted answer in the question listings on many sites may be too subtle, and indeed may be IMPOSSIBLE to decipher for ...
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Who stole the darkness from the accepted-answer-tick?

At first I thought my eyes were fooling me, but after taking a second look, I found the SO answer-tick to be brighter than before! old: new: (I find the new color to be too bright and stingy, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Add a non-breaking space to “reopen (1)” and its ilk

If you go to this question and are a 4k+ user on Anime.SE, you will see the following: There is one reopen vote on this question, but the reopen vote count is displayed on a different line than ...