None of our suggestions in New TeX site theme coming soon has been taken into consideration. None. You could have simply avoided asking about the changes and deploy them without notice.
Alternatively, the Meta post about the site change might have been:
Dear users of TeX.StackExchange, in a few days our sites will become all the same as Stack Overflow, ...
There is a lot of real anger about the changes here, and I think it's important to convey why this is. I'm going to try to do that from my own point of view: as a moderator, I'm not at all happy with the way things have been handled by the Powers That Be. (I think Rollout of new network site themes sums it up pretty well.)
We (the 'TeX-sx community') have ...
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I realise the middle section is just the boring bit where the users chat about their interests and the sidebars are the interesting places where stackexchange can insert revenue earning links, but really is it too much to ask that a question and answer site leaves more room for the questions and ...
Boycott this site until and unless the old look is restored! If it's not restored, let's say goodbye and good luck to this site entirely.
Why do I say this? It's because I suspect that the only way that the powers that be will ever respect and listen to our views is if we -- and especially the most active users -- state unequivocally that we refuse to go ...
The background image
See the original discussion about the background image (from New TeX site theme coming soon)
There was some discussion about the placement of the background picture in the site mockups. In the mockups, the header design was squeezed into the right hand corner. This made it difficult to recognise the writing/symbols ...
While I wholeheartedly agree with this attempt, I refuse to do anything about it.
Any site that has this much traffic should be able to hire proper UX experts and get rid of this mind-numbing stupid design. And I would like to emphasize that I choose my words very carefully. Anybody knows me over the years know that I really don't target any individuals but ...
The site name is formally 'TeX - LaTeX StackExchange'. This reflects the fact that TeX is more than LaTeX (plain TeX, ConTeXt, related tools, etc.). Calling it just 'LaTeX' would be restrictive, whilst just 'TeX' could put off LaTeX users: by user numbers LaTeX is the dominant form of TeX.
Note: I had to upvote Mico's answer, he has a point. And actually, SE should be damn happy that this all happened after TUG AGM (TeX Users Group Annual General Meeting). If the timing was slightly different, you would very likely be mentioned there and it would not be a nice mention.
Just to make things clear, regular participants to TUG meetings have TeX....
Tag curly brackets
I would love for the tags to get back their curly brackets, but I fear that has been struck down finally (I'll still try though).
The blue of the tags just does not fit well to the rest of the colour scheme. Would it be possible to find more suitable colours for them?
Post-owner box ...
status-declined After further discussion we have decided to keep the unified design for tags. While we appreciate the desire from communities who have them to keep them, it does add to the support cost. - Joe
In case the tags can be customised I would love to see the curly brackets come back
instead of the bland blue rectangle.
Code highlighting colours
I'm happy to see that the final theme turned out less blue than I feared.
The code highlighting is blue, however, and I would love to see it back in its older, warmer colours
Can I ask why are all fonts changed? Is it a temporary thing? (**I truly hope so!**)
Question titles in the list are smaller, vote counts on the question page is lighter and greyer, tag names are extremely small, question text is extremly large.
Here is the comparison of what I see now vs what I saw before (thanks David for the archive ...
status-completed We will take another run at the top site banner and take into account the feedback below where possible. - Joe
The placement of the background picture looks odd.
For all who don't understand what I am talking about because the
contrast is too low for their screen, here is a higher contrast
version of the image from the ...
Could you please, while you're at it, finally fix the top title panel size? The integral on the right used to be completely visible (now the top of capital Phi is hidden), also the tengwar text on the left used to have a top padding. The arrow with reduction in the chemical formula is ridiculously hidden under the tabs "Users" and "Badges".
Despite Anna ...
Forget what I just said, Sean's link is way better than my pathetic implementation. :)
Is anyone else personally terrified of the new bar at the top?
If you want to keep the avatars, just comment the following part of the code:
display: none !important;
The following text is kept ...
Please, decide whether:
The design is professional typesetting-looking as it was before, i.e., not using sans-serif fonts, not using rounded corners, not using button-like things, boxed links etc.
The site looks like SO in dark pink.
The thing you propose is a mess between the two that looks like nothing. Note that in the old design, originally, ...
Boxes around everything
Is it necessary to draw hard borders boxes around everything? In most places it isn't very intrusive but particularly bad looks:
(I'm not speaking of the red box I drew to make it clear what I meant)
I have two three issues:
In the homepage https://tex.stackexchange.com/ all fonts seems to be a bit small (on 1920x1200 monitor). After the facelift, for a second I thought I have accidentally zoomed out.
In Ubuntu with Firefox the main logo is missing (both in the main and meta website). -- status-completed
I think in the body of ...
The code displays are too tightly packed; here's what I see (https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/238485/4427)
In the profile page, when hovering over the list of answers (sorry, can't look at the list of questions ;-)) they “dance”: an underlining appears, pushing down the answers below by some pixels.
Too many different colour shades
I think there are too many different colour shades. Take for example this small part of the site:
It includes 3 different shades of red. The colour of the TeX logo is much brighter and the colours of the upvoted question button and the "Ask Question" button look like they ought to be the same but ...
The unannounced change should be reverted as soon as possible. I would even remove boldface from the current tab name, normally active, because the rule under the tab name is sufficient.
Boldface is a device to be used very sparingly, because it catches attention: with the current setup, tags are more prominent than question titles.
On narrow screens, the content area is very small, on top of the site it's as low as 23%, after scrolling down it goes to 44%. That's way too low.
Either make the sidebars shrinkable or make them collapse much sooner.
Please, remove the cold blue colour from the title page (active etc. tabs). It's been mentioned in the comments here and you said that this is intentional. That doesn't change anything on the fact that it's ugly.
The background colour of the content area
In the site mockup that was posted in New TeX site theme coming soon, the background colour of the content area was the familiar warm colour it has always been.
The original mockup - posted by @JoeFriend
But, in the new site, this has been changed to white...
The new site
Judging by the ...
Making the white background less white
// @name _TeX SE, Swap background colour
// @match *://tex.stackexchange.com/*
// @grant GM_addStyle
// @run-at document-start
GM_addStyle ( `
(the exact colour can be adjusted to fit ...
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:
Honestly the SE sites have generally very good designs and very nice choices in regards to how things appear, but the tag change is really a punch in the eye. The tags now are as black as the text, making them virtually indistinguishable from the text at a first sight.
I'll just say this:
Using bold for everything is like using the highlighter pen for the ...