With the new site design, unvisited links are green, whereas visited links are very dark green, almost black:
The almost black color for visited links makes them look as if there is no link. There's still the underline, but the main visual hint of a link, which is the color, is gone. In addition, aesthetically the difference between the two colors is too ...
Voting colors on main site very difficult to distinguish
I have extremely light-sensitive eyes, to the point that I sometimes even need to wear sunglasses indoors. As a result, I have my monitor brightness set to absolute minimum. On this setting, it's extremely difficult to distinguish between "voted on this" vs "not voted on this." The ...
For a third option, it turns out there is a Unicode character for Flag In Hole (U+26F3). Here's my attempt to render it in pixel art on the standard beta SE favicon template:
And a variant with a ball next to the green:
I think this actually turned out pretty nice. I'm slightly worried about is the potential for future ...
Nothing in the design related to Golf
Not a design idea but rather an anti-idea.
Let me repost one very popular answer about our old graduation design ideas question: "no relation to the sport golf" by Maltysen.
I'm not sure what design I want for PPCG, but I sure don't want anything related to Golf in that design.
Better, and served, monospace font
Yes, I know this isn't on the list of currently modifiable features, but I really think that this is the single most important design issue that is very easy to fix.
The current monospace font stack is:
DejaVu Sans Mono,
Bitstream Vera Sans Mono,
In the Hot Network Questions panel, the yellow medal clashes with the white background and makes it a bit indistinguishable as a medal.
Consider adding a dark border around the medal.
Better yet, like Adám suggested, add a dark background to the logo.
I'm glad I wasn't the only person (Adám also confesses) who took a while to work out that the exclamation mark is a medal. If people who have been involved in the discussion about the site design don't find it obvious, it probably isn't going to fulfil the goal of alerting new users to the fact that this is a site about competition rather than bug-fixing.
Text content should suggest competition as much as possible
PPCG is a competitive site, not a question and answer site. All Stack Exchange Tour pages say
We're a little bit different from other sites.
I've always understood this as referring to the other Stack Exchange sites. Although I realise now that it may actually not be the intent, we are actually a ...
Links to sandbox
The sandbox is a meta thread which is intended to help people get feedback on draft questions and so reduce closures, arguments, and other friction on the main site. It's been successful enough that other stacks have copied it. Its biggest problem is channelling new users there. Currently we have:
It's a featured meta-question. This ...
Earlier, we were told:
The design uses has the standard circle for badges to match the circle part of the medal in the logo.
At the time, the medal in the logo only had a plain circle. Now it has two concentric ones:
Can our badge icons reflect that change in the medal? Something like on EL&U would work:
The meta logo is too colourful. Other meta logos are either entirely grey-scale or have just a tiny coloured details, not a major blob of colour:
Maybe go with a silver medal for meta? status-completed
Or maybe just making the centre silver, with the gold ring remaining as a coloured detail, like other meta logos:
Or white with gold accent:
The box to enter a comment has a red border
Screenshot from meta:
This makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong. I think the blue highlight is enough, similar to how it looks when editing an answer.
Incorporate Conway's Game of Life somewhere
Game of Life (GOL) is A) Very much in the spirit of this site. It's a mathematical curiosity that only exists for the entertainment of people who like spending their time thinking about math and programming. And B) PPCG has a long history of being fascinated by GOL. Arguably, the most notable challenge of all time ...
Since the flag in hole icon has turned out to be so popular, I thought I should try to draw a larger version of it to replace the larger site icon used in various places like the SE site list. I ended up with two versions, so I figured I'd post both here and let you folks vote on them, just like with the smaller favicons.
Here's the first one, loosely ...
Scrollbars appear to the right of Mathjax $$-style blocks
Image taken from How much is my dice matrix worth?.
Image taken from Calculate the number of primes up to n and provided by DJMcMayhem.
This happens at least on the Chrome browser for Windows.
I was about to ask what the significance of the exclamation point is. Fortunately, I saved myself embarrassment by realising in time that it is medal on a ribbon.
Could that maybe be made clearer somehow? Maybe by making the ribbon a different colour? Or maybe by letting the two bands stay equally wide until the medal, and instead curve towards its top?
Distinctive is good
We're pretty unusual for a SE site for being about challenges rather than questions and answers. So, I think it would be good to have a distinctive design that set us apart. I know that every site design is custom and special, but I this think is an opportunity to make something that really stands out.
In particular, it would be good to ...
Most background text of the header seemed to be golfed code from the Hello, World question. But half of it is the trace output from an intermediate language mimicking Piet. Not sure it's a good choice. Combined with the C-- code it looks like some verbose assembly output of an obscure architecture.
To make it more clear: It's not a program. It's the output ...
status-review I've logged a bug for this, but it is unrelated to the theme change.
If many tags are added to a question, tags scroll away and never come back
If too many tags are added to a question to fit in the tag box, the tags start moving away to the left, rendering them unreachable:
Moreover, if the visible tags are deleted, the tags that moved away ...
Feel of code golfing
Here's a "palette" of words to try to convey the feel of code golfing:
Shorten, optimize, remove characters, squeeze, revise, strikethroughs, pare down, cleverness, minimize, efficiency, loopholes, inventiveness, unintended uses
I have no idea how these could be expressed visually, but that's why we have a designer :)
Include a glider in the Game of Life representation
The Game of Life motif in the footer is great, but it doesn't contain any gliders. The glider is one of the most popular beings in Conway's Game of Life. I think there should be one.
Clashing cool/warm and muted/bright colors
I'm glad at the use of green in the header which gives our site a distinctive color but this clashes with the use of blue/cool muted colors pretty much everywhere else.
To me when I first looked at this it was a kind of jarring color contrast. Looking at other sites (Tex.SE) I think this sort of customization is ...
Meta site colors low contrast
The meta label on the meta site has very low contrast which makes it difficult to read in glare or for those who have harder time seeing low-contrast text. Also it feels unnatural with "meta" being so close to the other text, not sure if by design but 16px seems to make everything feel more natural.
Search bar font shrinks unnecessarily
As I shrink the horizontal width of the window, when the right navigation bar is removed the font size of the text in the search bar changes abruptly, without the size of the search box itself changing. It goes from this:
and as far as I can tell there's no reason for the font size to change at ...
One unusual characteristic of this site is the prevalence of esoteric programming languages and paradigms. There are three in particular which I think might be appropriate design elements for the site.
The first is APL. It is significant in code golf as having a good claim to be the first language in which people competed at golfing, and it is visually ...