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Questions tagged [usability]

Can the site(s) be used by specified users to achieve specified goals?

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Increase clickable area in comment flag dialog [duplicate]

The comment flag dialog recently changed. A side effect of that change was to reduce the size of the clickable area. In particular, the clickable regions on the new flag dialog are pretty skinny, as ...
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Please wrap the entire comment flag description in a `<label>` (making the entire text clickable)

Currently, in the new comment flag modal, when you want to select an option, you have to click either on the radio button, or on the top part of the description. This is because only the top part of ...
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Can't exit from comment mode using keyboard shortcuts

While browsing through the questions in a mouse and pointer free environment, if someone accidentally clicks on C instead of the intended V, they go to the comment mode on post itself. Intuitively, ...
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Does Stack Exchange regularly conduct usability testing?

Definitions I suspect most of you reading this question are familiar with the terms usability, usability testing (also known as user testing), and UX (user experience). However, for some folks these ...
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Expanded usercards for all users

I know the expanded usercard is a privilege given to established users. However, it would be much more useful if you could see some basic profile information of any user without having to go to their ...
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Drag to “visible tabs” while editing the tab bar on the iOS app

The current design requires you to press the + or - buttons on the left of each tab to make it visible on the menu bar or not while editing on the iOS SE app. The design can be improved if ...
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Keyboard shortcuts start working only after the page finish loading

I recently discovered keyboard shortcuts and have been using them extensively since then. Unfortunately, I find that they don't work reliably for precisely the scenario where they would be ...
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Possible bug or at least usability issue with login process involving OpenID

I visited ServerFault earlier and needed to login so I could post a comment; so I went to the login page, couldn't remember my login details, and didn't want to reset them as I didn't really need to ...
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Trim leading whitespace from links [duplicate]

There's a lot of posts with the pattern http://%20http (here's an example search for Stack Overflow; the Stack Exchange multi-site search unfortunately does not grok this syntax) and by quick testing, ...
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Top banner ad makes page jump

There is a usability problem when you visit a site on which ads are being served. The top banner ad doesn't render immediately, and then when it does, it causes the rest of the page below it to jump ...
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How to get an longer link to answers? [duplicate]

While it's possible to get links to questions and comments that include the title of the question in the link, I haven't seen a way to do this for answers. Question link: https://meta.stackexchange....
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Confusion and frustration with the “Post cool down timer”

I recently posted a question here, for the first time in awhile. I wrote up the question, added an appropriate tag, then pressed submit. A red banner appeared at the top of the screen (I'm on the ...
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New mobile chat: Text entry box is too small

I've been testing the new mobile chat, and I've found that the text entry box is too small, which makes writing longer messages difficult. It's only large enough to show one line, so if my message ...
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How to switch to meta.stackexchange from other SE sites?

The context of this question is that I have being thinking of reporting a bug I have found on another SE site, so I need access to this meta.SE site. When I try using the site switcher in the top ...
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Gray out the election voting buttons for users that don‘t have enough rep to vote

You need 150 reputation to vote in a moderator election, which is noted in the sidebar and in the footer of the election page. If you have less than 150 rep and visit an election page, you still see ...
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Improve answer navigation for screen readers

Finding the Answers on Question page is not as easy as it could be when using a screen reader. One of the most important tasks when using StackExchange sites, is reading the first few Answers. When ...
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Could we fade / tuck away / … the “edit comment” link so it does not appear available after it's too long to edit?

I posted Why is ReactJS not performant like raw JS for simple, stupid proof of concept?, walked away, came back, and realized I'd stated a setInterval() delay as 100 seconds when I meant 100 ...
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If SE site foo.com exists, could foo.stackexchange.com redirect to it? [duplicate]

I wanted some feedback on Windows 10 upgrades (basically, whether a free upgrade from 7 to 10 is desirable), so I went to superuser.stackexchange.com, which doesn't exist... so I went to what I should ...
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Allow to collapse/uncollapse a day in the profile’s Reputation tab by clicking the whole label

On the "Reputation" tab (sorted by "post" or "time"), the reputation changes are grouped by day (example). If you want to collapse/uncollapse a day, you have to click at the triangle icon. Proposal: ...
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Add visual indicator of side menus

I was in the midst of writing up a feature-request to ask for a way to open the navigation menu from any screen rather than just the feed page. Getting around the app without one is hard. But lo and ...
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Tag wiki excerpt edit review misleads about allowed formatting

I just rejected an edit for an incorrect reason because I thought it was removing perfectly correct links with a bogus reason (“formatting”), whereas it was actually removing Markdown syntax that ...
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Here's the problem with narrow 'column' layout of stackexchange [duplicate]

Stackexchange's 'column layout' leaves over 50% of my screen space unused. I can understand this is for design purposes, and in most cases it's not a problem. However, especially on 'sub stacks' like ...
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Links between my SE accounts should bypass login

When I get a notification in my inbox in the upper left corner about an event on one of the SE sites other than the one I am logged into, frequently I have to login again. This is mildly annoying, ...
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Usability Feature Request - Make Date/Time/Version more prominent in Q and A

I have a usability suggestion. Since we are now dealing with six versions of PHP, generations of Java, and decades of HTML, the relevance and value of answers are critically based upon these ...
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Show tips on how to ask, not how to format, to reduce lousy questions

A lot of energy is spent managing poor quality questions. Poor questions create an enormous tax on SE sites: Good users spend an awful lot of time flagging, reviewing, commenting, clarifying, and ...
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Help reduce rubbernecking

Often users are forced into excessively looking back at posts to check if anything has changed. Many times, we as users will have multiple tabs open in a browser. While some of the tabs may be older ...
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Can we increase the navigation's contrast on Meta.SE? [duplicate]

The navigation's contrast is too low, which hampers my ability to quickly scan the navigation. I find myself many times having to concentrate and read the section I'm in. I think part of the problem ...
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Android app black skin

White and other bright colours on AMOLED screens burn it in and decrease battery life. How about a completely black skin?
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Cross-visibility between SE sites; confusion of appropriate SE for a question; multi-site UI

Here are a couple of issues and a proposal how to address it: Issue 1. Some questions seem to be applicable to multiple SE sites. Sometimes users wonder: should THIS applied math question go to ...
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“Post as guest” is a bad user experience and encourages low quality contributions. Get rid of it

Since its inception Stack Exchange has tried to make it as easy as possible to ask a question, most of the time. This was done by implementing the concept of an "unregistered" user, identified only by ...
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The prefilled custom off-topic reason text encourages bad reasons

Let's say you want to close a question for being just plain off-topic, in the non-SE-jargon sense, on Stack Overflow. (Yes, we're on MSE, not MSO. Bear with me.) Since all of the choices under ...
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Is there a more user friendly way to figure out where your question fits?

I often find it intimidating to try and figure out where my question fits. And will often end up posting in the wrong spot. Then I will get sent links to meta sites with large amounts of text, ...
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Make ability to reply to chat transcript more clearly visible

Until just recently, I did not realize you could reply to a chat transcript. I have always used the arrow at the end of each line to reply and never use the dropdown. These are the buttons I use: ...
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Login usability is awful, especially from email

I received an email from Careers 2.0. So my email is known. I click the link to log in, but it requires me to enter my email. It could easily be entered for me from the link I clicked. Type email ...
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iOS: Add title to linked question in comments

When a question contains a link to another question, the question title is automatically inserted. For example, I'm going to paste a URL here: Replace links with the current question title in ...
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Universal sign-in and session

The user's session should be persistent between all sites. Signing in to meta.stackexchange.com, then navigating to wordpress.stackexchange.com should not ask the user for credentials a second time. ...
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What happened to “order by: interesting”?

My normal mode of visiting the site is to refresh the start page and scroll down looking for interesting questions. This has degraded significantly recently, and the reason seems to be that the start ...
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iOS closing experience less than stellar

I tried to close a question on Meta as a duplicate using the iOS app. The experience was.... troublesome. I followed a chain of comment and answer links to a post that I knew my starting point was a ...
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Separate the “disagree” option in flag review interface [closed]

As of April 22nd 2014, the 10k flags queue is no more thus the below isn't relevant As it stands now, the "disagree with a flag" option is, unintuitively, buried in the middle of a bunch of "agree"-...
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Why does stackoverflow update the time elapsed on a question at 1 minute intervals?

I noticed that StackOverflow updates the time elapsed counter automatically every 1 minute. I find that feature to be virtually of no use. Is there any reason why they do it? Was it just to explore a ...
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Why is my StackExchange OpenID so hard to find? [closed]

With the new login process in meta.SO, I would prefer to login manually via my OpenID rather than enter my username/password combo. As a result, I was looking for my StackExchange OpenID URL, and only ...
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We need a better logout page

In brief: The logout page should tell users that, in order to make the logout "stick", they also need to log out of their OpenID provider. It should tell this very clearly and explicitly, and ...
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Can we have a user preference for ISO standard date format for all dates/times?

I'd really like a user option to show all dates as yyyy-mm-dd HH:mm after the 2 day mark. I find the existing non-standard semi-verbose American Mon DD 'YY style date to be ugly and difficult to parse....
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Consider iSomethings in UI design

I almost exclusively use an iPhone to post. There are some aspects of the site that are range from awkward to impossible to use. Can some work be done to cater for iSomething users to make it ...
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Add link to faq within error/warning message

I wanted to get the boater hat and I wished there was a link to the FAQ in the error messages warning me that I was approaching my limit of votes per day and therefore would not be able to wear that ...
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When (if) are we going to have keyboard shortcuts for comments?

This question wasasked in 2009, four years ago. Most answers are given in the same period of time and no later than on 2011 (two years ago or more) and ... do we have any progress on this? When (if ...
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Add a logout link to the user profile page

On most sites that require logging in, the logout functionality is accessed by clicking your user name or some variation thereof, when it isn't a direct link (usually in a header). With the old top ...
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Bring back my name to the top bar [duplicate]

I liked having my name in the top bar. It was a nice visual indication that I was logged into the site. I also liked having a ♦ as a visual indication that I was a moderator on a site. Now my name ...
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Make the top bar inbox dropdown click target easier to access

The link to the list of sites, which I use very occasionally, is about 140 pixels wide and in a nice accessible location near the left margin (though for some reason not flush left). The link to the ...
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My username instead of my Gravatar in the top bar

A minor suggestion, but I actually loved having my username there. This would make icon size issues I've seen others complain about simply... go away. I stole this idea from this locked post.