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Icons for MO/metaMO in community list changed?

I notice that in the community list under the SE hambuger in the top right, the icons for MO and for meta have changed: clearly having the MO logo attached to meta.math.SE is an issue, but we are ...
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Reputation number not visible on main page

This is a very minor bug, but the reputation number seems not to be visible on the main site: Interestingly, it is visible in meta:
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What happened to the fonts?

It appears that MO (including MO Meta) has recently changed the display fonts: I couldn't find any topics on MO Meta pertaining to this new change, hence this question. SO has also switched the fonts,...
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Is there left any way to highlight part of text after all?

Currently we have quotes, but the quoted text looks more faint than the surrounding text The vertical bar hardly helps, I believe. In fact I think (although I cannot explain it) that this bar ...
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Clicking question author username sends to revision history

This happens with Every mathematician has only a few tricks: the link with the author username leads to the revision history. I checked several other questions, including some cw (this one is cw), ...
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What about temporary design changes just to make better distinction from other sites?

It seems that the most common complaint about the new design is that the site looks very similar to other sites. (Especially Mathematics was mentioned a few times, probably because there are many ...
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In the new site design, what should the background look like on MO?

SE is giving us pretty limited options for how the site is going to look going forward. Our most popular customization request, judging either from Carlo Beenakker's original suggestion or the ...
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How can I customize site in my browser to get "old feel" look of MathOverflow?

It seems that some of the users are not too happy with the new design and prefer the old look. I will admit that I have not much experience with this stuff, but from I've read on various meta sites ...
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Can anybody provide a clear list of design changes that are obligatory, with explanations?

With several heavily loaded questions here on meta and the StackExchange meta, - MathOverflow updated site theme is ready for testing! Responsive Design Themes - What can sites customize and how can ...
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I don't like the new design and I am not the only one

MathOverflow isn't some experiment in website design. I knew where everything was and what colour it was meant to be. The tabs are now small and harder to click on. The colours are different shades ...
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How can we visually differentiate MathOverflow from MathStackExchange within the constraints of the new design themes?

The new design theme introduced for MO here is now live. Several issues with the new theme were raised in that discussion. I'd like to discuss one of them, which is sort of buried in my answer and ...
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What is the plan for the new site theme?

If you're like me, you might have been surprised to learn from this meta post that StackExchange is in the process of completely revamping the infrastructure underlying all of its websites to make ...
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MathOverflow updated site theme is ready for testing!

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 ...
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Disabled buttons not visible in /review

When using the review queues, the disabled button has become invisible: For example, this is how it looks like for Stack Overflow: This issue is maybe related to Buttons (white-on-light grey) look ...
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Seems like right margins in answer texts need to be increased

It is a very minor thing but still - it seems that answer texts have zero right margin which shows somehow unpleasantly with colored background of accepted answers: (This is with latest Chrome on ...
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Why is log-in hidden

On the front page I looked in vain for "log in" button. Eventually found to my surprise that clicking on "sign up" takes me to a page where I can choose between "sign up" and "log in". Do I have any ...
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MathOverflow logo and icon for icon font

I would like to add the MathOverflow icon to Academicons together with some other mathematical research related icons. Does anyone know where I could get/request a vector version of the MathOverflow ...
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Can external links to MO questions/answers be made more informative?

On several occasions I have sent by email links to MO questions or answers. They appear just like this - say, https://mathoverflow.net/a/287214/41291 Is it difficult to achieve that such links in ...
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"Add comment" button overflowing

I was leaving a comment on an accepted answer, and I noticed that the "add comment" button was overflowing, as was some of the text of the comments. This appears on several other threads (one, two, ...
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Disabled button not visible in flag dialog

Since a while, it's possible to retract a flag by opening the flag dialog again and clicking the 'Retract flag' button. Of course, if the flag is already handled, retracting isn't possible. In this ...
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What's the purpose of the favorite button?

I'm trying to understand how the favorite button is meant to be used. I frequently see poorly written questions marked as "favorite". It seems the OP can make this designation. I was unable to find ...
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Tabs misaligned

The horizontal line on tabs on the profile page is misaligned: This happens both on the main site, and on meta. The screenshots above are from Firefox 14 on Linux, however, I verified the problem ...
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Text on some buttons has become unrecognizable

Very recently (I think today) the buttons with "Post your answer", "Answer your question" and some others became black, with the text hardly readable. With me it happens on Windows 10 with latest ...
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Color of links (both in posts and comments)

I know the issue has been discussed before in the last couple of years (here, here and kind of here), but nothing has been done to solve it, so I thought it would make sense to bring it up again. If ...
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Visited / unvisited links in the questions / answers

I just posted a question and I noticed that unvisited links use a color that is difficult to distinguish ... but visited links are even harder to recognize. See the snapshot below from my Firefox 41....
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Site updates are live

A majority of the changes are not be visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We have updated the site's CSS to a newly refactored LESS system, so that it'...
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Next badge appeared and disappeared

A few days ago I noticed that under the recent achievements tab there were two status bars showing how far along you were to the next privilege and next badge. I liked this but it has now disappeared. ...
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Help! Help! The colors are off!

I have a deja vu. Are the colors wrong, completely?
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Can we change the reference to "professional mathematicians" on the main page?

I'm personally quite bothered by the statement on the MathOverflow main page (when not logged in) that "MathOverflow is a question and answer site for professional mathematicians." It seems both false ...
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Can the Math Overflow look be changed? [closed]

I love the math sites but I rarely visit this MathOverflow site because of its look. The color and appearance is not appealing. I know this will sound weird but the mathematics is cool, maybe they can ...
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Are the colors wrong?

I know that my eyes are not the best when it comes to color vision. But all the colors look wrong. Is it just me, is it the Nexus 4 that I'm using, or did someone do something?
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Is it possible to provide information about further developments outside MO that followed a question/answer?

It happened several times - I've found a very interesting (for me) relatively old answer or question which would most likely lead to some new research. I ask about any possible recent references in a ...
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Tabs on the front page

It seems someone’s just broke teh CSS ...
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Any chance of a "save for later / TODO" feature?

Sometimes when browsing MO questions I have the need to "save for later" for various reasons. There is a star for favoriting questions, it would be very useful to have "TODO" labels beyond just the ...
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Should the accepted answer really have a green background?

I find it annoying reading black text on a bright green background when looking at the accepted answer. I thought the big green checkmark was enough to mark which answer has been accepted.
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Navigation tab position bug on tag pages for tags that have featured questions

When there are featured questions for a tag, the inclusion of the "featured" tab in the header cause the tabs to flow out of position. (I'm using Chrome 34.0.1847.131 and Firefox 29.0.1 ...
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Change of colors

I decided to follow up on my own thread regarding the color scheme, and test something up. Using archive.org, I loaded a copy of MathOverflow from 2011, and it turns out that the questions in one's ...
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Tag suggestions on ask page

The ask page tag input box currently looks like this: The old ask page on MO 1.0 had a much more detailed description of what top-level tags on MO are: Since appropriate tagging on MO can be ...
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Make edit history more accessible

Once a post has been edited once, there is a direct link to the revision history of the post that is visible to everyone as in this example: However, when a post has not been edited, this link is not ...
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Alignment of tabs on profile page in MathOverflow

This morning, on several machines, with Windows 8.1, XP, and CentOS, and with Chrome and Firefox, on MathOverflow, the profile page shows:
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The math! It's overflowing!

See what happens if you expand the comments on this question, we get this prime example of a math overflow: Of course, this is due to a \$ problem, but still, it seems to be a flaw in the CSS that ...
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Big list of feature requests and suggestions for a fantasy MO 3.0

I feel that MathOverflow is unique in the StackExchange network. There are features which we might want which might be unique to this site, and which might not be immediate feature requests or ...
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Why not 'thanks' in comments?

I've noticed a message in mathoverflow's place for comments saying that '+1' or 'thanks' comments are not appropriate. I don't agree with the second kind of comment being inappropriate. I think it's ...
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Meaning of "hot questions" index?

What is the meaning of the numbers in the leftmost column: $94$, $70$, $54$, ...? Uncharacteristically, neither hovering nor clicking reveals the meaning.        &...
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The color of links in comments

In the following image, depicting a piece of a comment on MO.se the words «this link» are a link to some URL, yet the styling makes it quite not apparent; the only styling I can see is a ...
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Minor graphic glitch

Every time I see this I cringe a little: For comparison, the corresponding thingie in math.se always has the numbers centered in the circle.
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LaTeX style accents in regular text

LaTeX has some handy macros that allow the insertion of diacritics and other special characters in text mode. Relevant tables from the Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List: These are handy since they don'...
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"2 views" hardly different that "2 kviews"

In the old version of MO, the header of a question was accompanied by a graphic information (this is an example): a huge "2" or "2k" and a tiny "views". Now we see Huge "2" and tiny "views" or "kviews"...
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Problem with links to tags on meta

For example, [tag:lo.logic] renders as lo.logic. It seems that the color for the top and left edges is the same as the background color for meta.
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Can we make the cite link bigger?

The cite link in the share box is minuscule: Since this is a very important feature for MO, it should have much more visibility. [Related: https://meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/112, Citation ...
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