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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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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 ...
Fernando Muro's user avatar
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Opt out of the new upvote/downvote buttons?

I guess most of you have noticed by now the new upvote/downvote buttons. This seems to be in line with all the other SE sites (though I admit I haven't checked each and every one of them). Does MO ...
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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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On the current color scheme, and why it sucks

Being color blinded is not very easy. You end up wearing black shirts and blue jeans, because it's easier. When you look at a computer monitor sometimes the red and green mix together, all sort of ...
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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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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'...
Kurtis Beavers's user avatar
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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 ...
Mariano Suárez-Álvarez's user avatar
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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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Questions containing my "favorite tags" are barely distinguishable

I liked the fact that in MO v1, any question which contained one of my list of favorite tags was noticably highlighted (a brown-orange color, if I remember correctly). In the new version, such ...
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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 ...
Manishearth's user avatar
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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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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 ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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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 ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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How To Ask page

One of the best things on the old MO page was the "How to Ask" link on the top. It is true that SE took the hint and added something like that to the previous FAQ (which is now retired), but the MO ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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New bolded tags?

The past few days, I’ve noticed that the question tags on the main site are now bolded; is there any way to revert them back to normal? (Not the end of the world, but I find it distracting more than ...
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Help! Help! The colors are off!

I have a deja vu. Are the colors wrong, completely?
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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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 ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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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 ...
Silvia Ghinassi's user avatar
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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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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?
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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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 ...
Tim Campion's user avatar
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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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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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 ...
Katja Berčič's user avatar
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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 ...
Tim Campion's user avatar
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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"...
Adam Przeździecki's user avatar
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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.        &...
Joseph O'Rourke's user avatar
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Citation feature

Is it possible to re-enable the "cite" feature from MO (and later MSE)? (I'd like to remind the users, in the case this is going to be enabled, that the feature now hides within the "share" button, ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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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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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 ...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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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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A chat -theme for the MathOverflow chat

The MathOverflow chat needs a chat-theme (in my opinion), because the current one doesn't look very beautiful. It should fit with the design of the main. Does someone have a design in mind, or wants ...
Dominic Michaelis's user avatar
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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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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'...
François G. Dorais's user avatar
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Tabs on the front page

It seems someone’s just broke teh CSS ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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1 answer
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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:
Noah Schweber's user avatar
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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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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.
Mariano Suárez-Álvarez's user avatar
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Typography on login page

It needs some love: line spacing is off, alignment is off and a title overlaps with the input boxes.
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A serif font for MathOverflow?

Wouldn't it be nicer to have a serif font on MathOverflow? As is done, say, on MSE. It seems to be much more readable, like a printed text. And I'd say making answers looking more like notes or even ...
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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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Moderation tools

The link to moderation tools seems to be missing for me. As Scott Morrison kindly explained in https://meta.mathoverflow.net/a/20/12705, it is supposed to be here in the toolbar: The tools as such ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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Minor GUI issues: the tag deletion button

I just posted a posted something, and I noticed that the little "x" on the tag names which suppose to delete the tag from the current tag list is not fully included in the tag box itself. (This is ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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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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Weird display of results from search

The results from this search don't seem to display properly. I'm assuming that it is not restricted to this search alone. Added later: I have included a screenshot below. What I'm referring to is the ...
Michael Albanese's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Emil Jeřábek's user avatar
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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 ...
მამუკა ჯიბლაძე's user avatar
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Discrepancy between MathOverflow logo and this site's logo

There is a slight difference between the sizes of the boxes in the MO logo and the Meta.MO logo. The MO logo's box is slightly longer and the gap in the rightmost side is slightly less tall. The ...
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