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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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Display bounty expire time in the bounty tab

When I go to the question details page it shows the expire time form (picture one)... I am requesting it should also show in the bounty tab like (picture two). I think it will be helpful for question ...
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Optimise Stack Exchange user flair for Retina displays

I really love the way user flair works, but unfortunately it doesn't look very sharp on a Retina display, especially when juxtaposed with browser-rendered text. If you made the generated image twice ...
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Trying to hide spam/offensive deletions on user profiles announces them

If a post is deleted as spam or offensive, the user incurs a 100-rep penalty. But SE made the conscious decision to not call that out on the reputation tab; if you go to the page of a user who's hit ...
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Show larger images for high DPI displays

Some of the newer tablets and also Notebooks (notably the iPad, Macbook Pro and the Nexus 10 tablet) use displays with ultra-high resolutions at around 300 dpi. This makes text look very, very good, ...
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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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Site oneboxes are often white, invisible

Oneboxing of site links is often not visible, especially on beta sites: Many sites, like Ask Ubuntu and Sharepoint also have predominantly white logos in oneboxes. These images should have a ...
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The Amazon is huge, but that doesn't mean the oneboxes need to be

Recently, animuson was dissatisfied with his clock. Therefore, one of our illustrious members sought out an Amazon link to a clock that would solve all of animuson's needs. And this happened: It's ...
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Ransom-note problems with IPA and Greek under new font stacks

When you stitch together letters from multiple typefaces, your text begins to resemble a ransom note that pastes together cut-outs from different newspapers and magazines:                             ...
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Please consider Linux users when designing templates with the Georgia font

Rationale When considering the so-called "web safe fonts", Georgia is one of the most distinctive typefaces out there. This means that it cannot be easily dealt-with with a generic serif fallback ...
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Could the voting and accept links be made normal images so that they don't disappear in high contrast display modes?

Upvote, downvote, accept answer and favorite buttons appear on stackoverflow websites as background images. This limits accessibility of the site: If I view stackoverflow sites in High Contrast ...
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Change the colour of quotes to blue, grey or black?

Note: not a duplicate of Please revert the quote background from white to yellow Many people dislike the change of citation colours from yellow and orange to white and grey: Please revert the quote ...
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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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Low contrast text — doesn't meet WCAG standards

WCAG standards for accessible text are massively ignored on SE: Placeholder text for the Textarea element: Inactive tabs: "Joined ..." notes: All these elements are poorly ...
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Improvement request for the poorly-positioned “Welcome back!” notification

It is very annoying to see the notification completely hiding the menu-bar. Whenever I open any SE website, I look at my notifications and rep changes but when the "Welcome Back!" ...
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The privileges page uses problematic styling

Prompt. The things I can do are faded to the point of unreadability, while the things I cannot do are more legible. The hover effect is used to gain readability of faded items, but many devices have ...
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Display density on meta: how about a compact view?

I see that Meta's UI has now much more white space than it used to: vs. Would it be possible to add a 'compact view' option, similar to what Gmail offers? (I'm also fine if we simply remove all ...
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Revisit: Format the site content according to the window width

The Stack Exchange website is a annoying to view at anything but the Stack Exchange Official Window Width. (Which is about to change.) Use a narrow window, and you get truncated text. Use a wide ...
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Please remove the horizontal whitespace in the left part of code blocks

With the new post formatting there's extra horizontal whitespace at the left of code blocks (not to be confused with the increased line height). Before the new formatting: Now (red circle shows the ...
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Define a consistent visual style that identifies mod-only information and controls

As a mod, you can sometimes forget, or just don't even know what parts of the UI are displaying privileged, mod-only information. Checking things out with socks, or on other sites where you have 20k ...
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Can the moderator flag queue icon change color to red when there's a red flag in the queue?

"Red" flags (spam offensive) mark content that defaces and tarnishes the orderly presentation of the site and should be handled rapidly. However, there is currently no way to tell at a glance that ...
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Please fix the big gap in the line height of the new Off-Topic reason list

For some reason the choices listed under the Off-Topic list are all bunched toegther which makes reading difficult and creates a big empty gap between the last reason and the Vote to Close button. ...
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Responsive design now available on all sites; new theme customization coming soon

It's been a long process, but the changes we announced back in March are done. Most sites will see their new themes live for all users on November 30. Some sites with blocking issues may have to wait ...
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Could we get a tighter layout for questions and answers when moderator tools are visible?

Currently, when moderator tools are visible it pushes down the comments section: That's a lot of unused white space--kind of unsightly and it makes you scroll further for comments. Could we get a ...
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“Submit” is not an answer to the question “Does this answer your question?”

"Submit" is not an answer to the question "Some community members have suggested a similar question that may solve your problem. Does this answer your question?" Screenshot from Google Chrome on ...
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Large badge counts produce a line break in the usercard

Recently, this started happening: Shog9 has an immense amount of badges, so many that the number creates a linebreak in the usercard, resulting in weird space below the usercard of the post's ...
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Hard to click on links for featured meta posts

I often find it extremely difficult to open a featured meta post: Take for example the "Why are we getting so many off topic ..." link. That one spans multiple lines. So I moused over and clicked. ...
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Can we make it clear that there is a tooltip hidden behind certain text?

Tooltips seem to be pretty important on Stack Exchange. And it seems a lot of them get missed. For example, the new mark your own question as dupe 'thing' lead to 2 questions being asked about that (...
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Answers with score of -3 or lower (on normal sites) and -8 or lower (on meta sites) are no longer greyed out after the series of redesigns

Just look at this list on SO, this list on MSE, this list on M&TV, this list on UX, etc. In short all the sites which had a recent redesign or relatively recently graduated sites with those new ...
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Make use of the trackable badge space once all are earnt

I recently earned all of the badges that are trackable over on my main site Science Fiction and Fantasy. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting or if I figured it would be empty but of course, it ...
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There is an UI issue for the ranking div when a user crossed 200 reputation

When a user just crossed 200, or 200+ reputation, the ranked div (i.e., top 10% overall) is trying to display. But rank calculation can be done on end of the UTC day. So instead of the ranking div, ...
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Enabled/disabled mod menu options should be more visibly distinguished

Moderators get a menu of things we can do to questions. Some that aren't applicable will be disabled. There's a problem: depending on one's browser and OS it's nearly impossible to tell what's enabled ...
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Vote buttons, stars, and moderator margin controls just got a lot lighter

The controls in the left margin of a post -- vote buttons, star, and moderator controls (timeline, flag count, deleted comments) are now a much lighter shade of gray than they used to be. Before (...
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Flag-summary page is *mostly* responsive, but post titles overflow into the stats box

I see this on my flag-summary page: At first I thought this was because not all pages on the site are responsive yet, but this one (otherwise) seems to be. The stuff on the main part of the page re-...
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Attribution alignment and order should be consistent with the website

The new attribution style on posts looks great, and brings some consistency with the website which is good. This is how it looks on an iPhone (in landscape, to emphasise the alignment; in portrait ...
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hot network questions have inconsistent CSS for visited/not visited depending on the site you're on

This is a HNQ excerpt from Stack Overflow. Visited questions are objectively darker. This is a HNQ excerpt from Super User. Visited questions are objectively lighter. This is a HNQ excerpt from ...
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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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“Congratulations” after winning a badge just looks wrong

Umm... didn't remember that I could inspect the element on this browser, so I have no idea what's wrong, so ask Carpetsmoker, he apparently knows. Well, thank you :-) But congratulations for what? My ...
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Winter Bash 2013/2014: Misalignment of the hat boxes due to incomplete CSS rule set

Update (2014): The Winter Bash 2014 site has the same problem as the site last year. Screenshot: What’s the problem? This CSS rule declaration targets only the 5th element in there: .box:nth-...
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Make it easier to distinguish accepted and declined flags in addition to pending ones in flags history

Originally posted on Ask Ubuntu, but encouraged by others to post it here, saying that this is a solid idea but it might go unnoticed on Ask Ubuntu's Meta site. Posted as it is from Ask Ubuntu Meta. ...
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Why aren't description lists formatted on Stack Exchange?

Description lists, formerly known as definition lists, are a form of HTML markup. While they are not a part of Markdown, they may be created on Stack Exchange through inline HTML. However, they ...
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Why don't newly-designed sites get custom 404, 500, or captcha images anymore?

By "error images" below, I mean the images used on each site for the 404 Not Found page, the 500 server error page, and the captcha page. I'll admit that I'm a bit biased as I strongly believe that ...
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Long display name with no spaces breaks design of comments

We have a user (on Skeptics.SE) with a long display name and no spaces (30 characters of Unicode). [I've chosen not to link to them; they are innocent here.] There have have been several complaints ...
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Comment-flag options have gotten much more compact; could we have a little more breathing room?

Flagging a comment produces the following initial interface (multiple sites, and confirmed with other users): Before today the options weren't quite so cozy; a couple times I've had to take more than ...
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Your buttons are much too big!

Meta SE seems to have some size issues at the moment. Not only are tags blessed with excess excess whitespace, but clickable buttons are overly padded: My God... it's full of space! Also ...
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Proposal for Markdown buttons design

Markdown panel that is used now in Stack Exchange sites has button images with medium resolution. It would be good to have these buttons in good quality, because in Retina display images are blurred. ...
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Please make the “buttons” in SE/sites' grid view middle-clickable!

Twice now, I've gone to https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=grid, explored the grid as I middle-clicked things that looked interesting, then moved my eyes up to the tab-bar to discover that I wasn't ...
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Chat room information screen is confusing

I wanted to see who the owners were of a certain chat room today, and here's what I saw: My first thought was, did I somehow become a room owner without knowing it? Upon more careful consideration, I ...
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Responsive design of the question list isn't compact enough on small screens

If I understand correctly, the current mobile version of the site is obsolete and is no longer updated, the official mobile app is officially dead, and the full version of the site with adaptive ...
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Badge overflow on users with too many badges

When a user has "too much" reputation and badges, the design of the user card breaks: The badge counters overflowing to another line. Can anything be done about this? For example, expanding the ...

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