The long wait is almost over!
You have been eminently patient while we've gotten other site designs finished and then completely redesigned the layout of the network. Now that all of that heavy lifting is complete, we're working on designs for our graduated sites that are still in the beta theme and you're up next!
Over the next few weeks we'll be going through the following process:
- Collect ideas from y'all about what you'd like this site to look like (that's what this post is for) See below for more info
- Create a design & release it and get feedback from y'all. We'll make the site live and post an announcement on meta where you can give feedback.
- Make adjustments We hope that you love the design we built in the prior phase but we expect some minor adjustments may be necessary.
Phase 1 - Collecting Ideas
You have until 17 April to submit ideas for your site design.
It looks like y'all have been really excited about the possibility of a site design for a while and even have a userscript to change the site appearance. I see that discussion was almost three years ago. We'll be looking those ideas over in addition but if you have new ideas or if there are specific standout ideas on that discussion that you'd like to mention again, please add them as answers here.
We're excited to revisit this process with you and I'll be here to answer any questions you have. While I'm not a designer. I've been working with site themes for many months now so I have lots of the answers and, if I don't, I know who to reach out to.
As I mentioned, the sites have gone through a big redesign since you graduated, so there are some limitations to what we can do for you but there's still a lot we can customize. If you're interested in seeing what you can expect to be customized, there's a detailed outline on Meta Stack Exchange here.
We need your help creating a gallery of concepts for Lisa to work from to create your design. Don't worry if you're not artistic or able to come up with beautifully rendered examples. You're the experts in your site and how to exemplify your subject's identity and we need your help if we want your site to fit you.
That could be symbols or a color palette or example images - things that you think really capture some of the personality of the community or define PPCG so that when new users come here, they'll immediately know they're in the right place. It can also be helpful to know what you specifically wouldn't want in some cases - I see you mention not wanting anything golf-related on the other post, for example.
Lisa's a really talented designer, so even if what you send our way looks like the drawings my two-year-old brings home from school, she's well-equipped to interpret that and create a beautiful, representative design we hope you'll love.
Design-wise, that's all I've got for you. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions either about the process or what we'll be customizing, feel free to ask in comments. Don't forget the 17 April deadline. We'll be back a week or two after it with more information and maybe even your design!
Oh... you're still here? I wanted to take a minute to talk about rep levels, which you may remember are tied to the design release.
Y'all have plenty of active, high reputation users (and have been begging for the higher reputation levels), so we'll also be raising your reputation levels once the design is complete. This means that some of you may lose privileges you currently have as we do not grandfather users in. To see more information about this and what the reputation levels will change to, please see the Meta Stack Exchange FAQ: Reputation requirements compared.
Oh, Who am I?
If you don't know me, I'm one of the Community Managers here at Stack Exchange. I'm here to listen to your input and convey it to our designer, Lisa, so that she can start working on your site design.
Thanks so much for your input. We're looking it over and will start working on your design.
I do want to say a couple of things, though. I've really enjoyed seeing the neat ideas y'all have for changing this site and I'm really sorry to have to clarify... when I say "site design" I mean what some sites call a "skin". This change won't be impacting the functionality or positioning of where the elements on the page are here.
If you have requests for this sort of thing, you can create a Feature Request post here on PPCG Meta - or link me to one if it already exists, but they won't be considered as part of this work. I'm sorry.