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You seem to be concerned about negative / not constructive feedback to recent announcements. Consider that matters of reciprocity may play some role here. To find out if this can be related, I studied Stack Exchange features change log and counted amount of changes that looked like focused on the needs of site "core group" (users who care most). Here is ...


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status-completedbug Looks like the CSS for this disappeared somewhere. We're going to dig through things and reinstate it or something similar. :D ~ Catija Formatting in the "beta stats" block is cramped and hard to scan: This didn't come up on PP&CG because they're no longer a beta site and thus don't have this block of stats.


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While I'm actually surprised at how well you guys have been able to maintain the immersive feel of sites like World Building and RPG.SE (to be honest, the responsive theming turned out much better than I expected), I'm still disappointed we lost our themed voting/accept/favourite/etc. buttons. As a web developer I can think of several ways you could ...


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In addition to the issue of spacing already pointed out in this answer, the label Beta now sounds more loudly! Earlier: Now: See the font size of "Beta" - Earlier the difference between font size of "Site-Name" and "Beta" was more that means it was clearly sounding that "Hinduism" is the site name and "beta" is small label. Now, the similar font size is ...


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Focusing the criticism on specific employees is inherently problematic and frequently steps over the "Be Nice" line. I understand why SE often hesitates to moderate heavily in these cases where the topic is SE itself, but I think we should consistently enforce the principle that meta is about the actual issues, and not the people. Not assuming any hidden ...


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Ahhhh! I really don't like the view a new user gets. I actually looked at the same thing here on Meta SE over the weekend with a throwaway account and while logged out, and was similarly dismayed. There are a couple of things that stood out in my mind then, and still do now: The darker colors grab my attention first - both the really, really big pseudo-...


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Inspired by HDE 226868's excellent answer, I have some ideas about how we could present new-user guidance in a way that better uses the screen space. The core principle here is that the stuff in the right column is for experienced users, not first-timers, so let's put something more immediately important there. Let's show a first-time visitor something ...


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status-planned - We're going to review these colors and see if we can make it more obvious when you're on main and meta. One difference I see is that links on beta metas used to be orange and now they're blue (this can be fixed) ... another is that titles on questions on main used to be blue and they're now black everywhere (this won't be changed back). We'...


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In the future, when you make major changes, please announce the date a few days in advance, not a few hours in advance. Also, please either post an announcement on individual sites, or coordinate with all the sites' moderators to post an announcement that's tailored to each site. Regular visitors appreciate being told about major changes before they happen ...


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I really like this guidance, Jon; giving constructive feedback on design changes is something I've struggled quite a bit with over the years, both as a user and as an employee of the company making the changes. It's easy to say "I don't like it", much more work to articulate why... And I've often found it nearly impossible to explain why in a way that is ...


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It seems to me that the timing of all of this is just deeply unfortunate. In my some three year experience with Stack Exchange as a whole, new features had to be fought over. You had to have broad community support, a highly upvoted meta post, a sharp and unassailable argument and business case, and quite a bit of luck to get your feature implemented. It ...


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status-completed - Thanks for pointing this out! This was actually a larger presentation bug and fixing it fixed some other header issues for smaller screen sizes. ~Catija I don't know if this is intentional, but there is very little spacing between the site name and "beta" or "meta" tags, which looks rather odd especially on sites that consist of multiple ...


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status-completed - Whoops! I'm guessing the CSS for this got lost along with the Site Stats box. We'll find the images and get them back where they go. ~Catija On a beta site that hasn't yet gotten this change (Writing), I see this in the right column: Note the blue background box and the icons. Here's what I see on a beta site with the new design: Not ...


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This post and many others talk about the new web pages being "responsive" to the browser. My current experience is exactly the opposite - the old web pages adapted to my browser width appropriately, the new pages do NOT adapt to my browser window width. I'm going to speak specifically about the review queues on electronics.stackexchange.com . Before the ...


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This has been kind of a difficult issue for me, because it's the first large-scale change by Stack Exchange I've mostly opposed in my four years here, and it affects all the sites on the network. I was surprised to discover just how much I care about a little robot who lives on the side of a webpage, unnoticed by most users. And I've spent plenty of time ...


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It strikes me that this problem might be SO-specific, and I realize SO is just one site among many—but it's a pretty important one. One most SE sites, from SciFi to Super User, there just aren't a lot of inline links. Some, like MSO and MSE, have a lot more links, but they tend to come in bulleted lists, which actually look great with the underlines. But ...


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I think there are some things the SE Team could do in order to regain the trust they've lost with what appears to be a significant part of the community. Here are a few ideas Don't say things are impossible. We're not talking about the halting program. Any site design is in principle possible. The question is developer resources and technical debt. Ask the ...


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What about customization of the interesting questions color? It's yellow now, which is what SO uses, but excluding the bulletin box, some sites don't have yellow in the theme making it look rather ugly. Even worse, the interesting questions color is almost invisible on sites with yellow-based themes. Is this an area that can be customized?


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I mean... I've been suffering for several months due to the Stack Overflow theme change. Using Stack Overflow is a much worse experience for me. There have been multiple largescale efforts for redesign and all have received fairly significant backlash. Why? Because few of the active users are experiencing any problems the "solutions" will "fix." And ...


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I think part of the problem is the disconnect between effect and availability. For years, feature requests have had to have one of two properties to stand much of a chance of advancing: be an improvement on most sites, or be limited to a few sites, do no harm to others, and be easy to implement Examples of this second case include: MathJax on selected ...


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Thank you for posting, Jon. You’ve mentioned several issues, and comments to your post have raised still more, so I’m going to take this a little at a time. My first post addresses what we’ve lost both in aesthetics and also technically compared with our old setup. Here in summary are my two points for this present post: Under the new setup, serif sites ...


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Let us turn off the hyperlink underlining, please =) It just looks awful, and it plays off horribly when there's MathJax inside the link. (Which, yes, does happen fairly often, and it's not superfluous either.) It's a single-line change to the CSS and it should have minimal interaction with the rest of the page. I understand, of course, that the decision ...


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Telling us we aren't listening seems unfair too. There's probably a reason people are doing that though. Over the years we've had a rough history of ignoring user feedback and leaving projects half-finished. Ah, there it is. Not much to do about that instead of doing it better now. Improvement will be noticed, but trust goes faster away than it returns. ...


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I don't know if it's a bug, or a by design, but I have a problem: Plenty of unused white space, less than half the screen used for the content I want to see (questions). This is, as you can see, with the left navbar hamburgered. I wouldn't have minded the left navbar, I would have even found it useful, if it made use of some of the white space. Instead, it ...


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Is the image above inclusive of ethnicities? I'd say yes, it is. I'm not going to say it covers all, since that'd be nearly impossible for a group of 9 people and a robot arm, but yeah, there's differences that can be seen in the skin color outlines, so at least an attempt was made and succeeded, as far as I'm concerned. I see already three that have ...


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The severity of this issue depends heavily on the device. It’s somewhat tolerable on large desktop monitors, but even more terrible than the example in the question on devices like tablets. The following are two screenshots on a regular iPad with default settings. There is either a single question excerpt or no Q&A content visible at all above the fold.


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So, it's art, it's open to interpretation. I looked at this before we used it and I saw diversity in gender, accessibility and color: I saw a brown person there, even though the people were done mostly abstract. I was also happy to see that someone with a disability (and depicted as much older) was also included in the group. I'm 42 and disabled, so .. ...


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