Please reconsider your decision on badges, and allow customisation per site?
One of my favourite features which sets sites apart is the wonderful range of badges we have across the network:
For me, these really give each site their own personality and character, and it would be great if they stay customisable.
Don't waste so much space on the left sidebar
Please, please, please, don't waste so much space on the left sidebar. Keep the left-sidebar as collapsible/slide-out/pop-over/drop-down. Don't have it visible 100% of the time. We care about questions and answers. We want to see Q & A. We don't want to waste a bunch of space on those controls.
Can we at least select our fonts?
status-completed Check out the resolution to this question: Fonts and the new Q&A theming
I think the fonts give much of the feeling to a site, and may even affect usability. For instance, English.SE benefits from using a serif font to clearly distinguish letters and make IPA more readable. Likewise, Judaism.SE's serif ...
Why is the search field so small?
SO (aka old situation) for comparison:
Also I find it annoying that the menu isn't always in the screen anymore (while there is plenty of space).
Left nav is now sticky
Now you either have to scroll up or open the hamburger menu first:
feature-request status-completed (see Meta Stack Overflow)
My first impression of the left nav was pretty negative. All I saw there were links I didn't care about, and any time I went to a question list, the first thing I saw on every load was the navbar, and as I was reading through the questions, my focus kept switching to the new navbar on the left. I'm ...
Welp, that’s going to direly reduce my screen real estate devoted to actual Q&A
I have my browser set to use only half of my screen. Most sites work well this way. Stack Exchange has some of the right-hand navigation cut off, but I don’t need it on a regular basis, and I can see enough there to know when I should scroll over to get the rest.
A responsive ...
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 ...
Please don't be so restrictive on the theming
It's one of the things I love dearly about the SE sites. The in-depth theming really sets SE apart from other generic Q&A sites and gives each SE site a very strong identity and sense of community (don't underestimate the importance of that!). Take a look at RPG.SE, for instance:
That's beautiful. It will be ...
That menu has a lot of whitespace; I mean a lot.
And yet even with my rather large browser window it pushes the content to the right slightly. I'm guessing it's so darn big to accommodate large team names; but this still feel really excessive.
I expected it to hug the actual side of the screen.
GIF of the content jumping when nav is introduced (...
The [+] sign doesn't really tell that this is for bountied questions. It looks like I can add a new tab by clicking on it (like in my top bar). I'd suggest to display a number of bountied questions in this blue frame instead of just a plus.
Please reconsider your decision on voting buttons
The voting buttons are an ever-present aspect of a bunch of sites' graphical identity, and they pull a disproportionate amount of weight in making the theming feel like a complete skin rather than just some surface-level attributes. My main site has fairly bland voting arrows and they're really a joy to see ...
Thank you for this preview. I'm particularly glad to see that the links that are currently part of the site design (like tags and users) will continue to be part of the design instead of being jammed in there like on SO.
Some of these changes are going to really interfere with my ability to moderate. I realize that ...
On question pages, prioritize the right column over the left.
In the animated images, the right column always drops out first, and then eventually (as the window narrows) the left column is replaced by a toggle control. When looking at an individual question, though, the important stuff that isn't Q&A itself is on the right -- age, last active, and ...
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 with ...
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 ...
In my opinion, I think the highlight on the tabs should be on the left side. It flows better, because, like most other tab highlights in the UI, they flow top => down or left => right (at least for LTR languages)
Additionally, the highlight bar butting up against a single pixel gray vertical line is jarring and distracting depending on the ...
Sacrificing more of my screen real estate for showing things I do not need is not an improvement.
Even with the left bar switched off (thanks for this option, as such) I now see 40% of my right margin occupied by things which were previously hidden away in the margin.
Here is the Stack Overflow start page as of today:
I mean ... seriously!?
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:
YAWC (yet another whitespace complaint)
When viewing a Question page on mobile, it feels like there is too much whitespace under the voting buttons, and especially to the left of comments. Here is a screenshot to demonstrate:
Compare this with the mobile theme, which has no whitespace since the voting buttons are positioned next to the ...
I really like the idea of "stuff to read", "stuff to moderate" and "stuff to answer" tabs, but the tab names in the mockup don't seem to match that. "Needs Answer" is obvious, but I don't see the connection for "Recommended" and "Popular".
Edit: After thinking for a minute, my first thought for alternative names would be "Current Activity", "Worth Reading" ...
Stealing from this excellent answer by canon.
Adding some text under the icon looks like a great idea:
There's a good reason the suggestion is highly upvoted.
In the interim, it lets people know what the symbols are.
Personally I kinda prefer "Achievements" and the bar chart over the participation trophy there.
I also suspect shifting the non mod/low ...
Separate from my other answer, since that one is a bit of personal tragedy and this one is a more generally-significant issue:
How is MathJax going to be affected?
MathJax doesn’t really work responsively, can’t work responsively, so far as I know. As it is, you can easily define MathJax that extends past the space allotted to questions or answers, awkwardly ...
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 ...
We considered this, but have some features coming that will need the space.
#1: I suggest that we shrink the navbar in width to about the width of the longest item ("Questions" in this case).
I want it because the button I most frequently will be "Questions". Hence, I will only use 25% of the bar, so I want thing I will ...
We are reunifying all our products (Stackoverflow.com, Stack Exchange network sites, Stack Overflow for Enterprise and now Stack Overflow for Teams) around a coherent design and single codebase.
Absent from this list is Area 51. Area 51 is an important area where all new sites are created - something critical to your business model.
As it stands, the site ...
Allow me to be the first to say this is a pretty lame cop-out that has an obvious, albeit difficult programmatic solution.
Have you guys considered that cool themes might be one of the things that actually set you apart from other generic Q&A sites and having awesome and complete themes like what Jin dreamed up on Christianity.SE make for a better user ...
Instead of adding a "hide" option in user settings, have you considered making the sidebar toggleable with a button instead?
Advantages of a togglable sidebar:
Site maintains a consistent look and feel between users.
More intuitive than searching through settings menus1.
Doesn't require changing site-specific preferences on ...
If you want me to review, then don't light up the review icon if there are no actionable tasks
The number-one complaint I have with the current top bar is the fact that the review counter lights up even when there's nothing at all I can do to make it go away:
So, what's the main outcome of that feature? That I've learned to ignore that part of the top ...
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 ...
A number of users have complained that the site switcher is in a confusing place.
In addition, the site switcher symbol is confusing.
To try the new top bar, I went to SO (which I never use) and tried to look for the switcher.
It took me over a minute.
I tried clicking the logo in the top left like I'm used to do, and it turned out to be a link.