As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing.

If you can't see it right now, that's by design! This is a very early test implementation of your design and we need your help finding issues with it before we make it live for everyone permanently. So, keep in mind, there will be things that need fixing! We'll address those things as we can.

If you'd like to review it, here's how:

How do I enable it?

Click here and check the "Beta test new themes" option. This will turn on the new theme for all sites that have one in testing, including this one. Here's more info on how to opt in. You can uncheck the box to revert to the older theme until the site is live for everyone. Note, while turning it on is immediate, it will take a few minutes to revert to the old view - but it will go through!

What type of feedback do we need?

On this post: Bugs related to this site's design elements

Please help us look for issues/bugs related to the theme design and how we have mapped the old theme to the new. This needs to be done within the limits of the new unified theme.

This could include colors of sections of the design or text, problems with JavaScript add-ons (if applicable), the logo or top banner appearance or other artwork.

You can also feel free to ask questions about the new layout if you're unsure how to navigate it.

On Meta Stack Exchange: General concerns about left nav or theming

There are some things that are definitely changing everywhere and can't really be adjusted on a per-site basis. A few of them include:

  • Top banner is shorter in height, so some artwork has to be adjusted along with some logos.
  • Left Navigation is active everywhere (but can be collapsed into a menu by visiting your site preferences - instructions here).
  • Responsive layout is active, which lets the site adjust as browser widths change - no side scrolling (some pages haven't been updated, yet, though). For now, if you prefer the scrolling, you can disable this by clicking the "disable responsiveness" link in the footer.
  • Many site elements including tags and voting arrows are standardized across the network.
  • Link underlining is active. In an effort to make links more visible, they are now being underlined.

If you have concerns or issues regarding the left nav or the overall approach we are taking to theming, then this Meta Stack Exchange post is the right place for feedback.

As I mentioned earlier, there are some unique design elements like voting arrows and tags that are being standardized in this process. Keeping these custom elements makes our ability to maintain the sites too complex and, while we're very sad to see them go, we're in a difficult position of needing to make the site designs work together so that we can continue to address feature requests and bugs that will make your Q&A experience better. This is addressed in a Meta Stack Exchange post if you want more detail.

What new themes?

If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled Rollout of new network site themes (and maybe the posts it links to for the full background). To follow along with the rollout of these new themes, go here.

Thanks so much for your constructive feedback!

Oh, Who am I?

If you don't know me, I'm one of the Community Managers here at Stack Exchange. I'm here to listen to your input and convey it to our Design team for responses and fixes to bugs. I'll do my best to respond to your concerns and explain whether changes we've made are bugs that can be changed or if they're by design and why.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi Jon! I found that the active screen (horizontal) real estate is somewhat reduced by the left vertical bar, which was pretty fine as a horizontal slim bar on top. Making it invisible can solve it though. Other than that it seems ok to me. $\endgroup$
    – Fat32
    Nov 27, 2018 at 23:53
  • $\begingroup$ However I see that hiding the left bar for better screenspace also hides the access to those items and is no good indeed? The mode to hide/show of the left bar could be integrated into the live view instead of a hardcoded setting. $\endgroup$
    – Fat32
    Nov 28, 2018 at 13:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Fat32: Toggling the sidebar is certainly something we are looking at as we continue to work on the framework. $\endgroup$ Nov 29, 2018 at 0:10
  • $\begingroup$ It's amazing Jon. Thank you! $\endgroup$
    – jojeck Mod
    Nov 29, 2018 at 0:56
  • $\begingroup$ Oh that's great. Let me use this opportunity to tell another possible imprevement imho. During the edit mode, it would be very nice if you could view the plain edit text and formatted result side by side instead of the current up-down layout. Afaik it's not an available option now, but something good for the future... $\endgroup$
    – Fat32
    Nov 29, 2018 at 10:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Fat32 We tried that with Documentation and it was eventually scrapped because it was difficult to maintain two separate views. The new theme certainly makes it possible we could try again. We are interested in overhauling the editor at some point. It's not on the roadmap at the moment, however. $\endgroup$ Nov 29, 2018 at 17:03

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Maybe this is a bug in the new theme. Things look fine in the editor but viewing the answer a weird link appears. Minimal example:

Constant <span class=$\omega_0$ pole loci">

There. It looks like this:

enter image description here

While editing it looks, correctly, like this:

enter image description here

Seems like the cause is mathjax in the image description:

[![Constant $\omega_0$ pole loci][1]][1]
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    $\begingroup$ I'd be a little surprised if MathJax were supported in an image description. In all honesty, this is something we are unlikely to fix. It's just too much of an edge case and I expect it will require more work than we can afford at the moment. But thank you for the report! $\endgroup$ Dec 11, 2018 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ Well, doesn't look like it is supported in the editor either in the sense that if I disable images in browser settings, instead of the image the description is shown with Mathjax not rendered: Constant \$\omega_0\$ pole loci. That's better though than the weird link. $\endgroup$ Dec 11, 2018 at 18:23

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