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Did anyone consider the impact on autistics of recent Code of Conduct changes?

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 ...
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Option to remove fuzzy outline and restore clarity to the counts on new top bar

I see only disadvantages to this design. The semi-transparent border only takes up space, making the badge look larger while providing even less room for the content. The numbers are really squished ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

The new line-height makes it hard to mentally separate paragraphs. It's difficult to tell from a glance which lines belong to which paragraph, while the old line-height made this very easy to ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

This probably shouldn't be an answer, but I can't think of where else it should go. Aaron has commented on the linked question that the line-height is ~1.6. I maintain that the line-height needs to be ...
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Did anyone consider the impact on autistics of recent Code of Conduct changes?

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 ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

I hope this gets reverted, but in the meantime, we can browse with the old line height of 1.3 with this mini userscript I wrote. Screenshot: You'll need a userscript manager like Tampermonkey.
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Option to remove fuzzy outline and restore clarity to the counts on new top bar

Yes, it would be great if these changes could be reverted back to the previous design. The reputation text appears smaller than before (probably because it's crammed into that capsule layout), and ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

Edit 2020-09-09: status-completed It is quite common to use things like line drawing characters in illustrations. With the new line height on code blocks, this looks even worse than before. Real-life ...
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Why are images of text, code and mathematical expressions discouraged?

My process for answering a code-related question often involves: Copy and paste the OP's code into a sandbox on my machine. Debug the code. Copy and paste my code back into the answer. If my answer ...
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Did anyone consider the impact on autistics of recent Code of Conduct changes?

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 ...
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Is Stack Exchange accessible for the blind and visually impaired and what can be done to improve it?

I use a screen reader and visit Stack Overflow mostly. So, I can chime in for how things stand now (early 2022). For consuming information, the site is minimalistic and quite a trial to navigate. ...
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Why are images of text, code and mathematical expressions discouraged?

It's an accessibility issue for 2 reasons: Screen readers cannot read text in pictures. Text is often blurry in zoomed-in images. I encourage you to use a screen reader and try it out. I will also ...
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Did anyone consider the impact on autistics of recent Code of Conduct changes?

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 - ...
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Major accessibility regression: question title headings

We’ve restored the original h3 on the question title. This gives us room for an h1 and h2 somewhere in the page layout. Sorry about the regression!
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Please revert the line-height change!

There was probably no problem with the previous UI. Forgive me if there was. But if there was, keep it as an option that one can choose. Even better, keep two tabs, one for the previous, and one ...
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Why are images of text, code and mathematical expressions discouraged?

There are several reasons, as far as I am concerned: Images of code can be very hard to read. Especially if a person takes a picture of a screen with a phone. It can be very difficult to cipher one's ...
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New colors for vote counts are not accessible; please make them darker

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 ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

To quote @hkotsubo: Lots of people are saying it's harder to read. You should at least take this into consideration before saying you're done talking about it. I totally agree. It's not only on my ...
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How can we mitigate the difficulties some autistic users have with pronouns?

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 ...
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Tag labels are hard to read, since the font color was changed. Should the change be reverted?

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 ...
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Option to remove fuzzy outline and restore clarity to the counts on new top bar

I'm not getting any younger, and after years of working in front of a PC screen my eyesight isn't getting any better. Personally I think the fuzzy edges make the icons harder on the eyes.
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What testing is done on 'April Fool' pranks?

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.)...
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Usability issue: Comment voting policy negatively affects people with minor tremor

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 ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

Yes, I agree. Please revert the line height back to 1.3! The adjustment to 1.5 is not enough. The lines are still harder to read IMHO.
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Please revert the line-height change!

Prid said The new line-height makes it hard to mentally separate paragraphs. I'd like to add that for me, the new spacing makes it very hard to tie even the same sentence together as I try to go ...
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How can I write good alt text?

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 ...
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Please revert the line-height change!

I want to draw readers' attention the fact that the W3C does not actually recommend setting the line height to 1.5 or higher. The relevant recommendations seem to be WCAG criteria 1.4.12 (Text Spacing)...
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Option to remove fuzzy outline and restore clarity to the counts on new top bar

It looks somewhat better if you add this custom stylesheet: .s-activity-indicator { box-shadow: none } .js-achievements-button .s-activity-indicator { border-radius: 3px; padding: 4px; height:...
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Since SE is US based, is the new CoC compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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 ...
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Did anyone consider the impact on autistics of recent Code of Conduct changes?

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 ...
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