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Questions about the visual design of Unix & Linux.

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Difference between "foo" and “foo”, 'foo' and ‘foo’ — and -- as well

Look at this title: The meaning of a long dash? Ah, no, it's --, correctly spelled in the title, but mangled in the title, which means that it's mangled in search engine results too. Or look at this ...
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Pretty <kbd> tags for U&L?

Stack Overflow and most (all?) other sites got a pretty kbd style not so long ago. Will this eventually be propagated to Unix & Linux, or are we sticking with the old one on purpose? Sample ...
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Question title font renders 0 (number zero) much like o (lower-case letter)

Currently, the font specification calls Georgia as the primary serif font for question titles. While undeniably an attractive font, its zero renders almost exactly the same as a lower case letter 'o'. ...
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New Design Launched

Hi All, Unix and Linux site has been officially launched!. Thank you for your design feedback and congrats! I ended up taking the mascots off the header. I agree with you that they made the site a ...
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Is it possible to have the <kbd> for the comma enlarged?

I was answering a post that involved the key combos ctrl+, and ctrl+,. I was going to use the <kbd> tags, but they look the same for . and , - or at least too close for me to tell the difference ...
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Icons of the badge counts

Can we change badge icons to something Unix&Linux specific? Recently many sites changed their icons, for example: close related to us android uses their robo mascot emacs uses parenthesis () to ...
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"/ask question" in the site header should be changed to "/ ask question"

All the links in the navigation bar have a space in-between the / and the text except for "ask question." This happens both on main and on meta, and should probably be fixed at some point.
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Are requests for changes to the site design ignored by default?

The question itself is provocative, but I am interested in understanding why the community's repeated requests for, often trivial to implement, changes to the sites design are routinely ignored or ...
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The "Unix & Linux" logo is using faked small caps, which looks bad

The site logo is using the wrong glyphs for its smallcaps portions. This looks bad. In The Elements of Typographical Style, Robert Bringhurst writes: Genuine small caps are not simply shrunken ...
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What should our site's header graphic be?

Based on Joe Friend's feedback on the site's recent theme change, there's a possibility of replacing the current site header image: What should we replace it with, if anything? The image is currently ...
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Enhancements to CSS for <kbd> needed

If two consecutive lines have a tag, the CSS effect gets overlapped. Maybe the height of the rectangle for can be reduced or the line height can be changed? Screenshot for reference:
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More visible tags

Would it be an idea to change how tags are displayed on a question? Make them more visible. It is not a big issue, but seems like people, (me included – though I'm better now), sometimes jump to ...
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Links colours are not distinctive enough

In the main site, the links are slightly blueish: rgb(43, 109, 151), I find them difficult to distinguish from the body text color: rgb(51, 51, 51). Perhaps it's my monitor, or my eyes, but I don't ...
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Could the link colours within post text be made to stand out more from regular text?

I find the link colours in posts (questions and answers) quite similar to the colour of regular text -- to the point that I'm not sure if I can tell if there is a link in the text at all. Could the ...
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Site Design Updates

A major design update is now live! Most of the changes are not visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We are moving the site's CSS to a newly refactored ...
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Mark accepted answers on side panel

The sidebar next to each question shows miscellaneous related/unrelated questions. On Server Fault, it's clear which of those have accepted answers, because there's a box around the vote count: Here ...
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"Super-Meta" Call for requests for U&L site customizations

No, this isn't about an Emacs key combination! I happened to catch Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can they get changes implemented? on Meta Stack Exchange where there was ...
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Design Ideas for Unix and Linux site Updated

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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Error image nominations

The 404 page, error page and captcha page have very generic images. There have been proposals for 404 images and captcha images before. This is a call for error image nominations. Furthermore, the ...
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Community Bulletin box is hard to read

The new "community bulletin" box has light orange text on a light blue background, which is fairly difficult to read:
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Better question title font

So I happened to notice a new font for question titles at MSO. I rather like it. It reminds me that I'm not too fond of Unix & Linux's title font. That's a main text font, but I don't think it's ...
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Background image has been replaced with boxes

At some time today, the background image on U&L has changed to a strange looking grid of gray boxes. https://cdn.sstatic.net/Sites/unixmeta/img/site-background-image.svg?v=adf85a88e194 This grid ...
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404 Image Nominations

According to the Top 7, we need to select a 404 image - an image that will be displayed when users try to bring up a page that does not exist. Please quote the source so the team can negotiate ...
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Is expected that header elements use different fonts?

h1 element h2 element h3 element The h2 header uses a different font, is this really expected? h1 font-family: body> "Arial,"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,sans-serif" h2 font-family: h2> "DejaVu Sans ...
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Code inside spoiler markup is not hidden

Inline code inside spoiler markup is never hidden. >! Text is hidden but `code` is not. (Used in the wild here.)
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show the effect of favorite questions more effectively

It took me a year of membership and 9000 points rep to learn that you are notified about new answers if you make a question a favorite. And I learnt it just by chance: Someone mentioned that in a ...
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Unix & Linux new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Unix & Linux. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post ...
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What happened to the appearance of tags?

Just now I have a look at the tags page and see that they all have a slash just like the things on title bar. That looks somewhat weird to me regarding that they are not at the root directory. For ...
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Vote-up arrow cut off.

The vote-up arrow appears cropped. I looked at the sprite image, and it's fine there, so some css trick is chopping it.
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Link color inside Code

It's hard to spot a link inside code elements. Maybe this is a link, or this? (There are three links in this question, can you find them? :)
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Menu CSS is not accessible

The recent (last ~36 hours?) changes to some of the CSS has had a detrimental impact on the accessibility of the site. The seclected menu option is now almost completely indistinguishable from the ...
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The pre tag is shown in a larger font than other code snippets

On Unix.SE and Meta.Unix.SE only, I see <pre> blocks in a larger font than <pre><code> or backquoted blocks. Observed in both Firefox 3.5 and Chrome 13. This is perhaps not a bug, ...
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Favourite tagged questions: highlight colors, too bright?..

I can't distinguish favourite questions, which are highlighted, on the front page from others, even if I squint. The only way to notify them is to change my viewing angle to something other than 90°. ...
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Font too small for code sections in headlines

In a headline, sections marked as code use a font that is too small compared to the font of the headline. Actually, the font size for code sections in title seems to be just the same as used for code ...
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Font discrepancy between badge pages

When I look at the Great Answer and Great Question badge pages, there appears to be a significant discrepancy between the font and point used to display the question, despite it being the same ...
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Zero ("0") is looking like a lower case letter "o" in titles: o0O0o

The number 0 is looking like the letter o. Someone already drew attention to this almost 10 years ago, but nothing has changed. I recommend to change the font. Question title font renders 0 (number ...
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Hyperlink color on Unix & Linux is too subtle on Chrome

When I visit Unix & Linux, I can barely tell when someone has included a hyperlink. Just today I could tell from context that a user had included a link in the answer, but until hovering over it ...
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Why does our favicon look similar to "beta" SE sites'?

Not that it bothers me too much, but I always thought U&L was still in beta because of the favicon. It has the same design as all beta SE sites. Was this a coincidence? Or on purpose?
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5k .. 10k reputation bug? header shows (unavailable) own suggested edit

I have a really minor question. Now that I'm (just) over 5k in reputation, I have the approve tag wiki edits privilege (which I haven't had a chance to use yet), but I think it's causing my Unix.SE ...
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Background image should not assume I use a white background

I like to use a grey background for Firefox to ease eye strain while reading plain text. Many sites (including unix.stackexchange.com) assume the browser uses a white background. This If you intend ...
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Extraneous vertical scroll bar in review task header

There's a vertical scroll bar that's not much use in the header for the review task screens (e.g. here). It lets you scroll down one line, but there's nothing to see below. Firefox 10 Chromium 22: ...
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Small or large caps on title?

It would be extra nice if UNIX & LINUX on the title would be Unix & Linux. Would be even nicer if the nix part of Unix was done in small caps (as Wikipedia says): ...officially trademarked ...
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Horizontal scrollbar on profile [closed]

There's a horizontal scrollbar on my profile (and any other profile, for that matter). Using Chrome on Ubuntu.
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Can the font in the badges section be changed?

I am new to this SE site, and looking at the badges section, the font is hard to read. Is it possible to either change this font, or make it bigger?
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Broken buttons colors [contrast]?

Today I noticed another strange colors on Unix.SE buttons here and on Meta. There is not enough contrast in any of them, examples: Previous colors/gradient were fine. Similar issue appeared week ago ...
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U&L favicon on dark background is barely readable

On Firefox with Dark theme enabled (it is available in the browser out of the box), this site's favicon is mostly unreadable: The letters could have less transparency and more white in them so that ...
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Voting indicator state is not reinstated when trying to remove a vote on a deleted post

If you try to remove a vote on a deleted post, you will get the "this post has been deleted" popup and the vote count will be reset back to what it was before you tried to rescind your vote, but the ...
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New site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. Unix & Linux is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the ...
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Captcha Image Nominations

According to the Top 7, we need to select a CAPTCHA image. So please submit your proposals as answers to this question.
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Suggested edits icon is difficult to read

It looked right initially, but now the suggested edits indicator looks like this: (there's a "1" in there if you squint hard)
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