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New site design up

All right, our new design is up! I'd love feedback.

You may have noticed that the design is a little *too* new different for meta! We know that, it's not a joke. :-) We'll be returning you to your normally scheduled meta programming within a few hours days.

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Looks good but is there any chance to increase the font size for the comments. It does appear very, very small and makes it difficult to see....otherwise it looks slick..:-)

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We didn't shrink the comment font size, did we? Did you find it too small before? You can always use command-plus (on a Mac) and ctrl-plus (on a PC) to increase the font size of everything in your browser. That's what I do on my high-res displays where the text is way to small on every website for my bad eyes to read clearly.

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flashy! looks more professional..I'll get used to it, and get back to you in a few days, but first impressions are good!

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I did not say I did not like it, but I am sure you messed with the resolution...;-) but what's with the bile green :-)?

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I don't think the text was changed, it looks like some of the buttons are bigger though, giving the (btw the formatting help link is broken) appearance of smaller text.

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I have waited to answer this to allow for getting used to the new format. I find the design bland and a little to bright for my old eyes. It begins to limit the time I can access this site because of eyestrain.

Like rab I want to thank you for removing that awful yellow on Meta.

I do find the information a little easier to find and hope that will lead to better post.

So if possible a little contrast and maybe not so bright.

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An example of what I mean about contrast is taking place right now. When typing a answer or comment the print is nice and dark (easily readable) but when you post your commentary or answer the print fades and becomes hard to read against the bright background. Also could you place a border (dark preferably) where the grey meets the white.

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I agree pretty much with everything you say, to extend: we need more data. After a few weeks we should be able to report on whether it's better or worse or no change.

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Not that this is a substitute for a well-designed site, but I've found the Firefox extension NoSquint to be a fantastic tool for customizing colors on sites. I often browse the web late at night in low-light conditions, at which time a nice grey on almost-black is my preferred color combination. Obviously, I can't expect the web to be like this normally, but I can still have my way.

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Thanks for the feedback, I'll work on improving that.

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i just clicked on the ifixit link on the bottom and it brings me back to meta.. did i miss something?

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still happening.. have you removed the link that takes you back to the other site????

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No polly, you didn't miss anything. In fact that's a good catch! We'll be switching the link back to take you to the main site instead of Meta.

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when i click on my icon the "log out" part of the drop down menu is behind the rest of the page.. so all that appears is "out".

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That's a known issue that we're fixing. We'll have the fix rolled out soon. Thanks for letting us know!

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Are you trying to Google?

lol, that was my first thought when I saw the design.

Looks clean, but on Meta the yellow's a little weird.

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The yellow / green on meta is temporary. We'll have it back to the usual color scheme within a day or two. In the meantime, enjoy the variety!

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goooood, this yellow is burning my eyes here.

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And… now the yellow is gone. :-)

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Thank god! I almost had a seizure there.

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I don't seem to be able to search anything but answers anymore, the guides do not come up on search.

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Searches seem to show guides for me. Here's an example search which resulted in a guide as the top result (many more were listed further down on the page as well). Additionally, you can filter your results to show only Repair Manuals using the link shown in the screenshot.

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Looks nice. Good work!

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The site needs some more work. As rendered in my browser (Safari 5.0.5):

<http://oi56.tinypic.com/2l9r0r7.jpg>

Note the entries under the head "Successful Repairs".

And can iFixit please lead the way away from gray text? In edit fields it's black (much better on the eyes), but elsewhere it's gray. Not good.

Dave

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i like grey..it's easy on my eyes

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Interesting. Here's what that page looks like in Safari 5.0.5 on my computer. Have you tried clearing your cache and reloading?

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Dave, that looks like it's happening because of the default font size in your browser being a bit large, which is something a website can't do a whole lot about. In Safari, try going to preferences (cmd and ,) and under the Appearance tab change your standard font to something closer to 16. The site should look a lot better. :)

If you want to zoom in on a page you can press (command and +), which will zoom without changing the font size. All of the elements on the page should still display properly, but will be proportionately bigger.

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I've identified 2 ways the page's code could accommodate any (reasonable) size font the user wants to use:

1. Make the headers a graphic rather than a font. This will keep the header at a fixed, smaller size. It's acceptable if the user needs to squint (or use the "zoom cursor") for that one line.

2. Make the box that contains the header and text below larger to accommodate larger sizes of fonts.

3. Both 1 and 2, above.

The question is how flexible you want to make the site to allow all kinds of users to easily view the pages. As I've said, I don't see this issue with any other sites I've visited.

And the gray text on off-white background just plain sucks. It may look "cool" to some, but on the usability scale it starts to lose some users. Too low-contrast. (And no, I won't use OS X's "Universal Access" disability features just to read some web sites that use lame colors.)

Thanks,

Dave

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