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status-completed Stock Theme All beta sites look alike now, so clearly the stock theme isn't going to help disambiguate among them just like the current beta theme doesn't. But could we avoid the stock theme having the same exact colors as non-stock sites? Meta.SE and Super User should have theming that says clearly "not the same as those". Going ...


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status-completed Super User I agree with Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog's comment, Super User looks too much like Meta Stack Exchange. I suggest making Super User a bit darker. Here is an image of approximately what I suggest (I'm not an artist so the colors may need to be adjusted a bit): This answer focuses only on the color. There may be other issues ...


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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-completed Super User As a long term user, and a moderator on Super User, I'm pretty frustrated with the approach taken, and as a lot of folks pointed out, we got stuck with what's basically a beta theme. I'm frustrated, and actually a little angry with how this turned out, and I actually have been a fan of the new responsive layouts. Every other ...


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status-declined This is an area that we've decided to standardize. Appearance of tags Several sites have a custom appearance for tags that's associated with the site's theme. This is generic feature which gives sites that use it a unique look but is disappearing in your new design. It's used on at least: Emacs: 'tag-name Mathematics: (tag-name) TeX: {tag-...


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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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Meta Sites How will the metas of these sites look? Will they follow the same system we currently have - that is, a grey-scale version of the main site theme? If so, how will that look in cases of sites that are already predominantly grey scale like Photography? Inverted grey/white values? Or, like SO and MSO, will the only difference be the color ...


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Stock Theme Please, make a different site design for stock theme. This looks exactly same as Meta Stack Exchange except the lines and meta logo in the header. But that difference is too trivial to notice. This not only makes the users think that they are on Meta Stack Exchange [Some don't like this and don't feel welcomed here :( ]. but also removes the ...


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Worldbuilding I know that the Worldbuilding.SE theme make-over hasn't been finalized and released yet, but in the ch-ch-changes post, you link to a document that includes this image: (Compare to old background.) A couple questions: What's happening with the ridges at the bottom? You know, the part that makes it look like the world is in construction? ...


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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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I'm very happy to see custom badge icons made the cut. And equally sad that custom voting buttons didn't. I don't understand why the choice of graphics (as long as the dimensions are the same) would matter; therefore, I don't follow the trade-off here. Speaking of trade-off: I don't care for the left nav¹, and I don't think the biggest problems of SE as a ...


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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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status-declined This is not an implementation issue. We believe there is value in keeping the elements used for key interactions consistent across the sites. You don't interact with badges, so we thought that was an area we could give on. Just so we're clear... Custom badge icons are staying, but custom upvote/downvote icons are gone...despite both being ...


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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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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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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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status-completed Super User Almost anything would be better than the MSE/stock look-a-like being proposed. However, as also mentioned by Journeyman Geek here and here, and by Kolappan Nathan here, I think it is very important to keep the current coloured logo. I would prefer something similar to the Unix & Linux theme: possibly with a grey footer: ...


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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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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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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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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 - 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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Link colours From a first glance, there seem to be quite a few problems still with choosing the proper colour palette tailored to the individual sites' themes as originally designed by SE's hired designers in an elaborate design process. The voting buttons' colour has fortunately been fixed and tailored more to the site design. But from a first glance all ...


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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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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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Mi Yodeya Header status-planned Could we increase the contrast between the Hebrew מי יודע and the background? On the current site, the background is lightened behind the logo, which is also where that text appears, so even though the text color is (apparently?) the same, the contrast is better. Because the header background is constant across the width ...


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It's great that the Photography site will retain its "Image of the Week". It's been part of the site's look for a long time and would be sorely missed. I'm certain that there are other sites that will enjoy having a small spot in the upper right reserved for their site specific usage. status-completed The only problem is that previously there were two ...


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