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Questions tagged [user-experience]

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Can we be more clear why you can't comment on certain posts?

When you look at deleted/locked/review question's or answer's comment area (like the best answer ever) you get to see this very vague message: This message tells me so little. How hard is it to ...
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Confusion about hiding communities in your profile and hiding sites from HNQ

I figured it might be possible to hide unwanted SE sites from Hot Network Questions, and after a few clicks through profile/settings I thought I had found out where to do it, but it turns out I'd ...
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The game theory model behind Stack Exchange [duplicate]

Where or how (and if, of course) is it possible to see the game theory model behind Stack Exchange, the one responsible for user motivation and improvement? How was it built? Is it frequently tested ...
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In mobile view comment link selectable when not logged in, in desktop view there is helpful pop-up

I found a user interface inconsistency between mobile and desktop view. When not a member of a community and visiting (for one specific example) Law.SE, using Firefox Android 63.0b3 with "Request ...
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UX consistency across SE sites with the new layout / theme

This is somewhat related to this question, which asks about the point of the Stack Exchange logo in the top bar. There's a rather frustrating experience when navigating between Stack Overflow and ...
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How might we solve the 50 reputation comment limit?

The problem of sub 50 rep users being unable to comment is well documented Many sub 50 rep users have complained about the problem of not being able to comment under the limit. I am one of them. A ...
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Should we notify users when the system automatically changes their post?

I posted an answer earlier and in a fit of flagrant spontaneous salutation I started it with "Hello from 2018" which was automatically removed when I posted. I came on meta to find out more about ...
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Sub-optimal 500 error redirection [duplicate]

I recently followed a link from google to this question: How can I set custom signatures across a domain Gmail API and got presented a 500 error page. That's OK, 500's happen sometimes, but naturally ...
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If an @ is not going to notify a user, there should not be auto-complete for a user handle

This is a followup to a question I asked on meta.stackoverflow.com. The gist of it is that I believed the sequence .@ should notify a user, while as the accepted answer indicated, it should not. What ...
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Let's Start An Annual Meta Survey!

No, we're not going to survey a survey, as much fun as that might be. We'd like to toss out the idea of running a survey that asks folks about their experiences here, expectations when coming here, ...
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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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User experience of overriding community's decision on suggested edit

While reading this post I noticed that there seems to be an issue with the user experience when reviewing an already approved/rejected suggested edit on OP's own post. It shows only one explicit ...
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“help center” magic link isn't click-friendly

There's a magic link I use all the time: [help/on-topic]. If you didn't know it, when posted in a comment, it renders as help center - which is great! Except for one thing: from a UX perspective, it'...
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Make close voting easier on the iOS app by reordering post action links

On the iPhone app in portrait (at least on an iPhone 6 or smaller, it's probably not an issue plus size models) the "close" link is hidden behind the "more" button: On the site however the "close"...
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Adding reputation view and inbox view on filtered-by-tag screen:

I wanted to suggest an improvment to the UX of the mobile app. Note: I'm running on a mobile (iPhone 5) iOS (10.1.1), so I'm tagging this with the ios tag. If this is an issue with different ...
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Tag specific question requirements

On Graphic Design we currently have some handy tag-specific alerts when asking questions with certain tags. These are for certain problem questions that are only a good fit for the site if they follow ...
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Related questions in the sidebar which are closed as dupe of the question you're currently looking at results in poor UX for anonyomous users

On AskUbuntu, there is this question. In the sidebar, under "Linked questions", there is a link to this question, which has been closed as duplicate and merged with the first question. For anonymous, ...
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Inconsistent user experience when browsing by tag in the Android app [duplicate]

Browsing a StackExchange site's tags in the Android app (Version 1.0.85) appears to be inconsistent. Clicking on a tag in a question and navigating back will bring the user back to the screen they ...
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Have better distinction between flags and stars

I was on chat and I hovered over a message (which got flagged) and I saw this: Whaaaat??? It has four stars? It took me a bit to realize that this meant 4 flags, not 4 stars. Having the flag right ...
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Separate notification for individual sites on SE sites

I would like to ask, would it fit the design on SE sites to have each site notify its user separately? This is what I mean, suppose I am a participant of Movies.SE, Stack Overflow etc etc, and I log ...
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Highlight current site in the navigation drawer on Android app

I observed something that appears to be anti UX design to me in the Android app. In the navigation drawer after selecting a website, it is not highlighting the selected website, in the drawer when we ...
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“Slow” scrolling on image causes image to open

When you hold your finger down on a post in the iOS mobile app, then move your finger, the page scrolls, no matter how long it is until you start moving your finger - this is fine. When viewing posts ...
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Remove Answer Your Question button while commenting

I hit wrong blue button more than twice for today. It should not be visible while working with comment. Sounds good?
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Why do Stack Exchange sites seem to always forget my login?

It seems that all Stack Exchange sites do seem to be affected by a UX killing behaviour: it seems that every day you have to login again on each of them; they never remember your login. For someone ...
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Why do my account's rank appear in the top of the second page of the list, while it is not deserved the position?

My rank in Academia is 235, yet it appears in the top of the second page of the list. I know that this is for me to easier check to rank, but putting me there will make me a (quick) false impression ...
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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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What would be the aftermath of not immediately showing the vote results?

Few polls on the internet show the results before letting you vote. From what I have seen, most of them either show the results after you place your vote, or show the results after you click the "See ...
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Suggested changes to vote buttons on users' own posts

Since you can't upvote your own questions and answers across Stack Exchange (which of course makes perfect sense), instead of a popup message after clicking the up or down arrows, for clarity and UX ...
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“View duplicate questions” doesn't show just duplicate questions

I just tried to delete https://superuser.com/questions/10721/intelligent-file-copy-move-software, but was told: When I click View duplicate questions, I get sent to https://superuser.com/questions/...
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Using Google CDN to load scripts gives poor user experience in China [duplicate]

Here in China, pretty much everything by Google is blocked by the government. If you request anything from a Google domain, it will give the appearance of loading for a while and then give back a DNS ...
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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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The Discourse layout for side-by-side Markdown preview

The UX issue of the Markdown preview being under the edit box has been discussed several times: Putting the edit box and the markdown box side by side Synced vertical scrollbar in the markdown ...
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Improve UX of suggesting edits when edits are pending

I saw a post that I wanted to improve on a site where I did not have 2K rep yet. I wanted to fix the grammar to improve the post, but was met with a very bland error message: No CSS, no proper SE ...
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background animation colors for answers and comments

It seems that on most every site on the network it is the same animation background color when going to an answer or comment link. It seems that only the three trilogy sites have different animation ...
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Add icons indicating locked and protected questions

As it stands today, we can clearly see in questions lists when a question is closed. However, there is no way to know if a question is locked or protected, until we actually enter the question page ...
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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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refresh for me instead of telling me to click here

Instead of telling me to Click here to refresh the page, please just do it automatically for me. Preferably by just saying logging you in as pictured below, so the user knows they are about to have ...
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Topbar Search: Local vs. Network

Throwing this idea out there: should the search bar in the topbar pull results just for the local community site you are currently on (current implementation) or results from across the network? Many ...
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Allow tapping outside iPad app popup to close it

To close a popup window in the iPad app (1.2.0.141), you need to tap the Done button in the top left corner of the heading bar. It would be intuitive if the popup windows would also close if you tap ...
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Use Behave.js for Q&A textareas

It would be great if Stack Overflow, and other code-centric Stack Exchange sites, used Behave.js for the main question/answer textareas. It offers lots of nice little features for entering code, ...
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Mouse not usable when reviewing posts [duplicate]

I've been having a problem recently (Chrome 34.0.1847.116 m, Win7) where I cannot highlight text in the question/answer being reviewed (the text acts like it is a background image), nor can I use the ...
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Gradually lowering the frequency of review audits for users proven to be trustworthy

Now, I'm aware of this question: Too many review audits But it was essentially a bug report, and it was beyond debate that the system was broken for a while. I still think I'm getting review audits ...
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Consistency in the help menu

In the main sites, the help menu looks like this: However, when we get to Meta, the menu turns into this: The "Back to (Main Site)" link is on the top, and we have four menu items now. My first ...
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Please do not bother me about password mismatches until I've finished typing

When I tried to use the new login page to create a new Stack Exchange account, I found the functionality of the password check very annoying and a bit too aggressive. As soon as I enter the password ...
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Cannot upvote on a site where I'm not a user

Screenshot: http://i40.tinypic.com/2i0arft.png Today I tried to upvote a question on Arqade, where I haven't signed up. I reached the question from the "welcome" page. I haven't been able to do so, a ...
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On frustration provoked by questions where the answer is “that's not possible”

I recently had my first really bad experience on Stack Overflow. It started right after I filed a question on Passing a table expression to a table-parameterized function (regarding SQL ...
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New users are posting Answers instead of Comments

Acknowledgement: I'll start by acknowledging that I understand why new users are not allowed to post comments. The fear is that comments will be used for spamming purposes. Observation: What I see is ...
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Flash of vote count when voting

There is a flash of the vote count before displaying a message. The message explains that a user can't vote on their own content. When voting on your own content: It should just display the message ...
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Why is the profile dropdown suddenly combined with the site dropdown in top bar?

Previously my account name was written out in the top bar with nice real letters and it was also a link that took me to my profile and a dropdown for profile stuff like logout. It felt like I'm part ...
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Can Stack Exchange site navigation be improved?

Notice: Vote on this question only if you think site navigation can or cannot be improved. Specific proposals can be evaluated in the answers section below. Apart from specific question pages, I ...