We have two versions of the header on the mobile version:

  1. The standard main site one:

    Standard site header

  2. And another one, visible in the help pages and review queues

    alternative header

Could the alternative header be made default?


  • Easy access to reviews
  • Link to the help pages
  • Design consistency
  • The fabulous ELU ampersand

The links to 'questions', 'tags' 'users', 'badges', and 'ask' could go below.

Edit: Hello there, community mods!

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    Related: iPhone display is (almost) identical for EL&U and ELL Jan, 2015
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 9:32
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    You could post a link on this question english.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11878/… It might draw the CM's attention. Not today because it's a Sunday, and they have a life outside Stack Exchange. But then you never know, the CM could post an answer/reply later in the day.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 9:36
  • I use the "full site" on my mobile - the "responsive" design (or whatever it's called) is actually much better than the mobile site in my opinion.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 11:22
  • Shouldn’t this be migrated to Meta?
    – user 66974
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 12:00
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    @ColleenV that's bad design then - the mobile site should be as good as the desktop Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 12:20
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    This is Meta: meta.stackexchange.com
    – user 66974
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 12:21
  • @user This is specifically about ELU though, and we've had previous questions about our site design on our meta. See links shared by Mari-Lou above Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 12:45
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    Yes, but there is little, if nothing, ELU users can do about design or other features of the site, as well as other sites. Meta is the place to ask...english.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/13334/…
    – user 66974
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 13:03
  • The goal (as I understand it) is to maintain one design that works well for everything instead of having two designs that get out of sync in exactly the way you're complaining about. I don't think that's bad. Don't ask me about the aesthetics the new design inflicted on the sites though...
    – ColleenV
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 14:27
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    My point is that the one design that is being actively maintained (as far as I can tell) works for phones, tablet, and computer screens for me. There's really no need to use the mobile version unless you prefer it. A lot of the functionality is much better with the "full site" on a phone than with the mobile site (in my opinion). If you don't like the full site on your mobile, I'm not going to argue with you, but I got the impression you may not have tried it.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 14:37
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    @JasonBassford I think that is a different thing. I remember using the specific SE app for iPhone (or was it android?) and thinking it was on the clunky side. I might be wrong about this, but there is 1. the mobile app that is no longer supported, 2. the mobile web site and 3. the new (ish) responsive aka "full site".
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 16:37
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    @marcellothearcane Just making the size of browser window smaller is not the same thing as a different website that's used only by mobile devices. What you're describing is the main website that's acting in a responsive way to a smaller screen size. (Which would apply to a desktop computer with a smaller browser window just as much as it would to a mobile device with a smaller browser window.) If you're talking about the URL english.meta.stackexchange.com, that's the new responsive website. Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 16:53
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    You can always switch between the two using the links at the bottom of every page... If you're on the "full site" you will see a choice for "mobile". There is also a "Disable Responsiveness" link - not exactly sure what that does to every page.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 17:20
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    @Jason it's a mix of User agent and cookies, I assume. Commented Sep 1, 2019 at 17:59
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    @marcellothearcane The responsive design is significantly newer than the mobile design and is intended to replace it eventually. We're in a middle phase where both are options but we're not really developing for the mobile design. No sites have custom themes on mobile, they all use the default blue theme. :)
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 21:18

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Most pages in the full site work well on mobile with “responsiveness” enabled. You can always switch between the full site and the mobile site using the links at the bottom of every page. If you currently have the "full site" enabled you will see a choice for "mobile" and vice versa. There is also a "Disable/Enable Responsiveness" link.

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