I really dislike having the space on the left-hand side of the page being used up (wasted) for a few navigation links. I usually have my window manager configured so that my web browser uses half the screen size, horizontally. With the current SE theme, this mostly works well (other than working through the review queues).
On Stack Overflow, there is a Hide ...
Based on the idea from the math site where they use different shapes for bronze, silver, and gold badges, what about having different prompts for ours? Gold could be a (root shell) #, but I'm not sure how to differentiate silver and bronze (> and $?)
Based on feedback in the comments, here's a clearer proposal:
You've put a lot of feedback in one answer. I'll go through and add comments in this manner to try to respond to each one.
Finally a layout that works with window widths that aren't ridiculously large! Thank you! That alone makes the new theme an improvement, despite its flaws.
status-planned We are working on optimizing the break ...
Let me go through previously reported issues:
Captcha Image Nominations — NO, we still have the boring captcha image
404 Image Nominations — NO, we still have the boring 404 image
Bolder question title font — there've been several changes since then, at least to the site and perhaps to my perception. I'm ok with the page titles now, but the ...
Short version: design tweaks and fixes take a long time because the triage process for design requests is perhaps the most brutal in-house. We currently only have one designer, and he handles CSS fixes for all sites on the network as well as various and sundry responsibilities to the company at large. Help us help you by suggesting potential hires; the ...
Just because an alternate solution was offered in the comments, here it is for voting purposes:
I think the others should be changed to conform with the Unix
convention of no spaces at the beginning of directory names
The left-hand bar adds noise to the page, which distracts from the main content.
Yes, there's noise on the right side, but it gets a lot harder to ignore when there's noise on both sides.
The links there aren't even important enough to be shown constantly, so instead of being visible all the time, they could as well be at the top of the page with the site ...
I was bored so I re-made the badges' design proposed by Jeff Schaller. My take on it is according to the aviation.SE, which has the biggest badges that I managed to find on SE (increased here by a factor of 10):
I draw the black pixels to show how I measured it, the image suggests that SO/SE badges are 16x16 pixels sprites. The aviation.SE badges are not ...
Is it possible to include the feedback from Icons of the badge counts and change the icons to represent UNIX & Linux more clearly, as opposed to the barely-visible ~ symbol there now? example here.
I also second Pandya's suggestion to keep the forward-slash in the tag names.
I'd also mention Is it possible to have the <kbd> for the comma enlarged?...
I've always found it extremely difficult to see hyperlinks that are not underlined (I don't have good eyesight or colour vision in general). With the new theme, I'm finding it even harder to spot links in running text and elsewhere.
The screenshots below comes from the current main site and from the current Meta site. I can only ...
The nicely styled kbd tags are present in the mobile interface; surely it would not be difficult to migrate the CSS across to the main site?
This question presents a compelling argument for the change...
I'm not an HTML expert, I'm just a site user, and I use a regular workstation/desktop, not a phone. And from my perspective, the major visible change for me is a negative one. There is much more whitespace in the left column. The right column seems to be about the same as it was. And this change in the left column is squashing the text between the left and ...
There is actually a style that applies the color (answered-accepted), but then another one overrides it; I can't tell if this is intentional or not. This is what it looks like with the color coming through:
I'm not sure if it stands out enough, but it's definitely visible. I'm definitely for some sort of indicator though
To me it looks like any other beta stack exchange site with a logo.
I really liked the fact that this site was a bit different specially the centred title and the blue navigation bar.
I understand the need of theme standardization but don't feel any need for change in the current theme.
I couldn't agree more than this post :
I don't see any direct correlation between the visual design of the site and the command line.
I think the site designers have done a good job within the brand family of both keeping the interface clean and uncluttered, while differentiating it sufficiently from the other Stack Exchange sites.
With the implementation of recent community requested changes, ...
I know it's too late but I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU! Jin, you put a lot of effort in your work, you listened to our feedback and you took it into account. You did some very nice work here and elsewhere on Stack Exchange. Thank you!
I agree with the others, the sidebar on the left is just a waste of space, I don't want to devote that much of my screen to those links, either hide them, or put them back on top.
The links are impossible to see now, agree with others on that too. The color on the up/down voting is really hard to see as well on the main page.
Over all I'm not liking this ...
Is it intentional to have three “hamburger” menus? The left one opens to Home/Questions/Tags/Users/Unanswered, the middle opens to a Stack Exchange advertisement, and the one on the right is the usual, useful one. Why 3?
I like dave559's suggestion of bees. Bees perform a vital function in nature, they're industrious and they all work together as a complicated society.
I'd like to go a little further and request an image with multiple bees of different species, to symbolize the diversity of the Unix ecosystem. I don't mind the style of the drawing (or photo) as long as it's ...
I tried to get them to fix this years ago, but they're strangely opposed; the fix is "don't do that". I wish they would just give us nice-looking kbd tags. I'll poke somebody at Stack Exchange to see if there's any chance of that happening. Since this is status-declined on the main meta I'm going to mark it the same here
The numbers shown there are the absolute number of pending review items. This includes things you've already cast a vote on and those you've submitted yourself. The SE devs have explained on the main meta that having the numbers be per-user is too costly and have chosen to cache it instead:
Correct, @gnat: this is everything in review, even stuff that you,...
I see we kept the badge icons; are those going to remain unique to U&L? How much work would it take to update them, as per Icons of the badge counts ?
Are a question's tags standardized, making Pandya's suggestion to keep the slashes in them (at Rollout of new network site themes) impossible?
I'll also pull forward: Is it possible to have the <kbd&...
I am, in short, not a fan of the links on the left-hand side having moved to where they are. Not only does it squeeze the actual meat of the page -- the questions and answers -- into a narrower column, it also causes a lot of wasted negative space below the five links. The same applies to a lesser degree to the more-useful right column.
This is amazing, and will be fixed in the next build, coming up very shortly. We moved a ton of theming assets around, and I assumed incorrectly that this SVG background image was sized appropriately. I've added a proper background-size to the CSS so things'll look right.