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Did anyone consider the impact on autistics of recent code of conduct changes? I can't answer that definitively, but the answer looks to be no. (I would say SE didn't consider the policy's impact on anything enough though.) Despite knowing I'm (probably) going to regret posting this, here are my thoughts: I don't like the pronoun policy but it's not ...


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Stack Overflow is a tech savvy community. If users are complaining Recaptchas are too hard to read (I for one can only solve 1 in 10), then the situation is beyond the pale. The audio captchas have become plain impossible. For example http://picosong.com/w6Fs/ . This site is no longer accessible. NB. Users with high reputation are seldom asked captchas, ...


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As someone on the spectrum myself: no. Stack Exchange has gone so far out of its way to pander to just one protected class, that they ended up hurting all others in the process. Monica's firing has proven that being "gender-blind" is no longer good enough. This used to be a safe way of communication for me, but sadly this is no longer the case. ...


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I purposefully waited a little while prior to answering this, and the tl;dr; version of this is I'm a sympathetic ear that thinks the question block worked in your favor. I'll address the suspension at the end of this post. Background Some years ago while our daughter was still quite small, she developed a hell of a fever. It was 108 (F), we took her ...


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Yes, I realize you can refresh and you'll eventually get one that's not impossible. I have to say though, recaptcha is going to stop being a viable option in the near future. Unless eventually the bots are the only ones that can solve them and we only let people in if they get it wrong.


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Saw these today at https://meta.stackoverflow.com/captcha/. If you can solve even one of these, maybe there is no issue? Note that for some of these it would be difficult if not impossible to solve even one of the two words - and how many new users (you know, the ones that are more likely to trigger human verification) will have any idea that you only need ...


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On several occasions I attempted to contact the powers that be of this site and received a poor response. I would like to ask how it is fair for an algorithm to decide to ban me with little understanding of what I am going through? Unfortunately there is no way for any algorithm to account for serious illness or any other real-life circumstance. We've ...


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I'm autistic. I'm a cis woman. I have no issues with said policy. "Meet one person with autism, you know about one autistic person". I don't doubt it may be difficult for some folks on the spectrum to adjust their writing style in a way that does not sound like correct English, but it's not for every neuroatypical person. Individual freedom stops where ...


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As an autistic person, I love having people's pronouns made clear - it's one fewer thing to have to intuit or infer. Likewise, codes of conduct. Even and especially if you disagree with parts of it - better to know in advance than to find out the hard way by getting pounced on with "that's not acceptable in this space" or whatever. I kind of take issue with ...


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I'm going to answer purely from my (9 year old) sons point of view - he is autistic, highly confident and very, very verbose, and we've had discussions on this subject in the past; I have a few trans friends and he finds the whole thing highly confusing. The problem There is one way the world makes sense. Boys have a winkie, girls have a not-winkie. Him/...


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It looks like the foreground color is #5b8db1 and the background color is #e1ecf4. Using the WebAIM Contrast Checker, the contrast is 2.97:1. The minimum AA contrast is 4.5:1 and AAA is 7:1, so this is a definite accessibility problem. The Chrome WAVE plugin also shows this as an error.


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This instance has been improved. With regards to all of the other instances of colors that could have improved accessibility: We are aware that huge areas of our product are not yet within the WCAG spec. Right now we are working on a refactor of the way that we handle styles on our front-end that has been a long time coming. This refactor (when complete) ...


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We began brainstorming ideas for April 1 early in February. (The first version of the brainstorming document was written on February 20, but we had informal discussions when we started March planning.) The initial specification was written on March 5 and finalized on March 18. The first commit for the project was done on March 20. The basic design was ...


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A suggestion: make the triangle to the left of a comment insensitive to touch for a couple seconds after it is touched, in all cases. Currently, as Ellen said, if you tap the triangle multiple times in short time, the first two touches are counted - it only blocks taps starting from the third. Blocking them for a couple seconds starting from the second ...


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I am not a lawyer, but the CoC is likely compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The relevant section that Stack Exchange (SE) needs to be sensitive to is Title III – Public Accommodations. The major complication here is going to be ensuring that, Entities subject to Title III must make reasonable modifications in policies, practices,...


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After performing some tests on three SE websites using Colorblind Web Page Filter, this is what I get : The last 3 lines are what color-blind individuals approximately see. The ones with Tritanopia can't distinguish Yellow from White (See StackOverflow x Tritan). Programmers answer mark fails for all types. It's clear that UX style is the winner.


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Thank you for your very brave move to post this. Mental health is important, and by proxy supporting people that struggle with theirs is important! I hope you have found, and will find more, ways to deal with this to the best of your abilities. Are there ways in which the SE network could be more supportive towards you, and by proxy other that deal with ...


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I'm on the autism spectrum and I'm also a member of the trans community. I lived many years thinking I was cisgender before realizing that I was not. I am telling you this because it means two things: I was educated about trans issues and pronouns late in life I remember what it means to not know about these Here is what I had and still have struggled ...


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It's not just you. The headings of Academia fail one of the WCAG 2.1 level AA criteria requiring a minimum contrast level for text: The visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1, except for the following: Large Text: Large-scale text and images of large-scale text have a contrast ratio of at least 3:1 [...


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I'm on the autism spectrum. I am also transgender (NB: My use of transgender here include non-binary people and I am, myself, part of the non-binary community.). What people who don't belong to both communities don't realize is that a good portion of autistic people are also transgender (or out as such). So, this new Code of Conduct does benefit autistic ...


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This is fixed. Now Edit and Delete are both button elements, styled with <button class="s-btn s-btn__link">, making them easily tabbable. "Delete" now also appears not just on hover but also when focus is inside the comment. "Delete" is also spelled out now to match the style of "Edit". This was an interesting problem because: We want Enter to ...


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I think this is a great idea. With the current implementation, this tool, which is the most convenient way to add images to posts, leads to a default behavior of not including an alt-text, which is an important element for readers who are visually impaired as well as for search-ability. Once the user has finished using the tool, the image is added, and the ...


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Completed: The basics of the ask here are now done. The floating info box at the left no longer exists, and has been replaced with inline options under the usual voting options: The only notable thing from my user script that didn't make it in were the additional comment moderation options (move to chat and purge all) which are nice to have, but not ...


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This is fixed. The whole voting sidebar is now a flex-box column of buttons with proper* tabbability and accessibility, thanks in no small part to the adoption of universal theming and out Stacks design system. One thing you'll probably notice is that the favorite button is smaller and the voting arrows are a little bigger. This is based on the feedback ...


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For me, adding alt text is really important. Historically I didn't understand why it was important but I've since learned better - people accessing the site using screen readers or otherwise text-only should have the best experience that we can offer them, so if you're editing someone's work that has an image and the alt text is the default, it's very much ...


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Here's a few things that could help. Let me know areas that need tweaking, and I can further refine it. To use, create a new style in Stylish for a beta site, which (if you're using Firefox) creates an empty style with a "@-moz-document domain(BETA URL)" line at the top. Paste the below into the curly braces that follow that. You can make the style apply ...


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I agree with this proposal. Spoilers should be accessible. Below, I've made a proof of concept for an alternative interaction model for a keyboard-accessible spoiler by extending the current spoiler behaviour. Scroll to the bottom and hit Run code snippet to run the proof of concept. Here's a gif preview (inside a spoiler because it could be distracting, or ...


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I'm pleased to announce that my userscript StackExchangeDarkMode now has support for SO, SU, and SF logos. Screenshot:


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The policy and conventions you desire already exist. It is not permissible to post images with loads of text, since it has a knock-on effect on the quality of the question or the readability of the content. This is not just true with technical sites (since reading images of code is the definition of purgatory), but it can also pose an issue in other ...


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