The new top bar is live and has been receiving mixed reviews after its initial anouncement.

There are some things that are network wide that will most like not change (deemed ), but anything specific to TeX.SE and it's child meta can be addressed here.

  • Probably not site specific (no idea, really), but does chat still exist? No idea how to get there any longer. – cfr Oct 12 '17 at 1:49
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    @cfr: Yes, it still exists. You'll find it in the hamburger menu. – Werner Oct 12 '17 at 1:55
  • Ta. And some more. – cfr Oct 12 '17 at 4:16
  • Also, my potion has turned very green. But I'm not sure whether to blame that on SE or not :-). – cfr Oct 12 '17 at 4:18

It is now really hard to see if there is something in the review queue. There is no notification on the symbol itself and after clicking on it, the only indication is a pale grey dot on a pale background:

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    and certainly the icons themselves will take some getting used to. i don't find them particularly obvious, although that could be an indication that, once again, i need new glasses. – barbara beeton Oct 11 '17 at 12:16
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    Our review queues have very little in them usually. The review queue on SO is far more lively. For "some content" in a queue, the button is gray. For "lots of content" in a queue, the button is red. Image. They've had difficulty in the past keeping the queue counts accurate. My guess is this colour-coded view is a subtle way of ignoring the counts in lieu of providing a "flag", per se. – Werner Oct 11 '17 at 17:00

yet another case of

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The red colour of the textual highlights across the main site work on a light background, but is difficult to read on the black top bar, and becomes almost illegible upon hovering:

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Related: Historically we used to have blue textual highlights/links, which were subsequently changed to red.

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    This is clearly a bug. Working on fix right now. – Paweł Oct 11 '17 at 7:02
  • @ebo Imgur seems to be struggling at the moment. – Torbjørn T. Oct 11 '17 at 8:28
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    Yesterday the logo colour was blue. I'm curious what tomorrows colour will be :) – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Oct 11 '17 at 9:00
  • Mine is blue. Did I miss the red? – cfr Oct 12 '17 at 1:46
  • @cfr: Indeed. The red (and all the other colours across all the other sites) was a bug. It was orange on Meta.TeX... :-/ – Werner Oct 12 '17 at 1:53
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    @Werner Can we get the bug back for Halloween? – cfr Oct 12 '17 at 4:15
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    @Werner I would rather say it was using site's main highlight color (i.e. just like regular hyperlinks): they are red on TeX.SE yet orange here on meta.TeX.SE. (This "theory" appeared to be true in the other few x.SE sites I checked) – ebosi Oct 12 '17 at 8:16

Issue now solved, thanks to an update of the top-bar

I would like to emphasis the fact that the choice of the red color for the StackExchange logo is not, imho, very successful.

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Indeed, due to the red color, every time my eye comes closer to the top-left region, it triggers something in my mind like "I got a message / there is an error / Something has to be done..." which is quite disturbing on the long run.

I would rather suggest a more "neutral" color, e.g. something close to the brown-yellowish background of TeX.SE.

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    On a side note, even if I get the concept of customizing this logo with the color template of each x.SE site, the per-site color-change does not seems semantically correct to me. Indeed, this button redirects to SE.com, whatever the site it is on. I think it would then have been more consistent to appear identical on each x.SE site at it has an identical effect -- and not a similar-but-customized effect depending on the x.SE site it is on. – ebosi Oct 11 '17 at 8:35
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    on my screen, the stackexchange logo is still white "stack" and blue "exchange" on a black background. it's the tex logo that's red. (im working on a windows/professional workstation, with firefox 54.0.) is this color scheme different on other browsers? – barbara beeton Oct 11 '17 at 12:22
  • @barbarabeeton Indeed: It was red earlier today (see gif on Werner's answer), yet was updated (see TeXnician's comment) later on. This issue is thus now solved. – ebosi Oct 11 '17 at 12:24

Apart from the ugly color of the word "StackExchange", I would have preferred to have the search field on the right.

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    And I would prefer a smaller (height) search field, but that is not site-specific (by design, see question). – TeXnician Oct 11 '17 at 9:14
  • @TeXnician Ops... I leave my answer, anyway, maybe it could be a signal :):):) – CarLaTeX Oct 11 '17 at 9:17
  • @TeXnician but has the color changed now? – CarLaTeX Oct 11 '17 at 9:18
  • Yes, it has changed. – TeXnician Oct 11 '17 at 9:31
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    I would have preferred a better Search usability at all ;-) – user31729 Oct 14 '17 at 21:41
  • @ChristianHupfer: You can install a userscript that allows some historic flexibility. – Werner Oct 15 '17 at 3:34

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