You may have noticed some updates to the design lately, they are part of a SE network-wide update to a new base css framework.

The updates allow us to:

  • Have sharper / more beautiful design on retina displays
  • Fix layout bugs
  • More easily add new features to all of our sites in the future

But more importantly, it gives you access to the new profile!

If you see any bugs please let us know in the form of answers (to this post) that illustrate one particular thing at a time.


  • Where "recent" is 8 months ago.
    – Ross Ridge
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 16:11
  • @RossRidge: no, "recent" apparently means "one week in the future". I can't quite place my finger on what exactly changed, but the front page looks quite different today than it did yesterday.
    – Marti
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 21:55
  • @Marti No, I was commenting on the original version of this post, where the word "recent" was used in connection with an event that happened 8 months ago. This post, both old and new versions, is just a mindless copy and paste of a post first made 8 months ago.
    – Ross Ridge
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 22:26
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    Copy and paste? Probably; these have been the tools of a designer's trade since time immemorial. But mindless? If you could see Stéphane sweating over the paste-pot, his brow furrowed in concentration, the blade in hand rock-steady while seemingly every sinew trembles around it... You would not say mindless.
    – Shog9
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 3:00
  • "A design update has come!"
    – Cascabel Mod
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 16:30
  • Ping! Ideas (that happen to be mine...) seem popular (from upvotes) but as yet unaddressed. Are these sufficiently "bugs" or "important" or clear enough? Just a friendly query.
    – hoc_age
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 17:53

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I'm still getting used to the new site design, but I immediately notice one tangible difference that I don't care for: When browsing questions in the expanded questions view, it is no longer possible to tell if the question has an accepted answer. It does still render differently on the main title-only view, but that difference seems arbitrary and I suspect it's a bug. I, personally, always browse the /questions view because it's far more usable to me.

Currently, the rendering of "one or more answers" and "an answer has been accepted" is identical in the main questions-only view. I think it used to be that black text showed 0 answers, green text showed 1-or-more answers, and a green background that looked like a green outline of a "covered platter," which I always thought was clever. Compare, for example, accepted answer rendering at the "default" design at Coffee.SE main page versus the expanded page -- both Coffee.SE views render "accepted answer questions" consistently.

I am not sure if this is intentional, or if this is The New Way for the SE network as a whole, but regardless of rendering I prefer the "distinguishability" of questions with an accepted answer.


So votes can be cast separately and addressed independently, I refactored my other answer.

The "accepted answer" rendering used to be the outline of a covered platter. I always thought this was a rather clever cartoon-y rendering of the fact that the meal had concluded. In the main site view, the current rendering of answered-but-not-accepted is green text; the current rendering of an-answer-has-been-accepted is a simple filled-in lime-green circle.

I prefer the "covered platter" answered-question background as in the previous design, over the simple "circle" rendering as it currently is.

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