Just because I want to be the first to say it. Me no likey :(
The original EL&U theme used to be beautiful. In 2010, the site's designer explained
“Alex and I agreed on the design direction for the site. It should feature beautiful typography and invoke a vintage/warm feeling.”
In 2018, the new flat theme is dull and one dimensional. The elegant ...
See also these related and somewhat more patient MSE posts of mine:
Why do some parts of the standard theme use different fonts than the rest of the site?
Unchanging font size, leading, and measure incompatible with dynamics of responsive design
Ransom-note problems with IPA and Greek under new font stacks
Tracking set too tight on ...
The contrast here on the "load new answers" bit is completely unreadable:
There are plenty of tools out there that tell you whether the contrast is tolerable or not. Please use them, because this clearly is not.
There's a weird problem causing the offset letters in the banner. It's being looked at but will be fixed (on all of the sites getting hit by it). The status completed tag on tchrist's bug report was because the site theme was fixed back to what it was, not that this version of it was fixed. There was an odd slippage of the image for the new ...
Rows are out of alignment
The numbers and the words of the middle set are out of line with the other pair:
Notice how "answers" is on a different baseline from "votes" and "views".
Notice how the first 3 is on a different baseline from the second 3.
This is the way it is supposed to look:
Notice how "answers" is on the same baseline as "...
The question titles on the front page are no longer large enough: there's not enough differentiation between the title and the excerpt.
This is likely to be because the font metrics for Georgia are different from Arial.
The Meta site looks rather brown; the grey page background is probably necessary.
Comments are in Georgia. Again, not ...
More colours have been introduced unnecessarily. Quotes have changed colour:
Actually they have completely lost the ELU styling and gained the bog-standard styling. This is a retrograde step. But even if the style of a left bar had to be adopted, I see no reason to change the colour. After all, the background colour of the page is specific to ELU, so ...
I just wanted to repeat Andrew's recent observation, and mention there appears to be other design flaws
The quoted text on the NEW theme is... yellow? What shade is that? I wanted to indent the quotation, however, two thick vertical lines appeared and are very conspicuous. Is this deliberate?
This is how it appears on the ORIGINAL theme. The extra lines ...
I don't like the new theme. This answer focuses on the main page, the primary purpose of which is to display a list of questions. For before-and-after visuals, please refer to screenshots from Mari-Lou A's answer.
Subjectively: the main page looks like a data listing. It no longer feels inviting.
The gratuitous borders around the 'answers' number and '...
Please ‘never’ use 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚘𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚎𝚡𝚝 on ELU
Please don’t use ˋbackticksˋ at all: use italics instead.
Please don’t use preformatted indented blocks except for tables.
Nonetheless, you were right about one aspect of the trouble: the color.
Thank you for pointing that out. While you have indeed identified a genuine problem, I am afraid ...
‘Interestingly tagged’ questions tantamount to invisible
As a follow-on to Andrew’s observation that our colors don’t make sense now, I’ve found a related problem.
I have the old-english tag marked as an interesting tag, so that shows up in a distinctive color. What’s happened is that the tagged-interesting.background-color CSS value has gone ...
Just a small peeve, but it's been tripping me up since the update: the new horizontal rule between answers is very light and thin, and I'm starting to confuse whose answer I'm reading. Can that be thickened and darkened? At least so that the line separating answers is more pronounced than the line separating comments.
The Tour page describes editing others' questions and answers, but it doesn't mention one of the most important editing functions: editing your own post, especially to incorporate suggestions in the Comments about how to improve your post.
I'd list this as the first explanation on editing. After all, the Tour is primarily for those who are (a) new (or ...
I agree with Mari-Lou A's comment about the new color of the block quotations being less attractive and less consistent with the background color than the old block quote color. Since the formatting of these quotations is being discussed, I also wanted to bring up an issue that I think existed before the redesign, but that I hope might be able to be fixed ...
This problem is even more apparent if you look at the colours used in the list of questions itself.
Here are two questions on ELU:
I've already visited "Irreponsible person" but I've yet to visit "why the use' much of which ' in the following sentence is incorrect?"
My normal routine is to copy the title of the question I know I've last visited, refresh ...
I was rather hoping for something along these lines...
The tools I have available aren't professional-level and the font size might be adjusted in line with other sites in the SE family.
I do think that the textured border to the masthead is good, and it's a pity it's currently lost because the superfluous box uses it. There's a border to the heading; it's ...
Why the [expletive deleted] would anyone think that removing the different background color from blockquotes is in any way, shape, or form a good idea? Just because everyone else is jumping off a cliff doesn't mean we should, too.
Don't tell me "because theming", because any theme worth the name will have a contrast background color available.
Please don’t switch our question scores to the weird light-on-dark, blurry-and-bold “wrong-green-for-our-theme” boxes. This is a CSS problem that affects Macs but not Windows boxes. I write about this blurry-on-bold problem here, but the solution is:
To fix this, you probably need these bits of CSS for Macs:
Based on my quick survey of a handful of sites, it seems that SO, SF, and SU (the original trilogy of sites) have the same layout, with the "ask" button on the far right. The others that I've looked at: ELU, Cooking, UX, WebApps, Unix, stats, Writers (beta), Linguistics, and Android, all put the Ask button right near the menu items, while Gaming, Sci-Fi, and ...
Our design is too irresponsive
Our measure (line length) is still set far too long to be comfortably read on the desktop site. Short story is that the measure should be set between 40 and 70 ens, with 66 widely considered comfy. Ours seems to be set at 100, which violates all known page layout rules.
I’ve just posted about this on MSE because it’s a ...
There’s a font bug here:
The two different instances of today are in different faces, with the active one being the odd man out. It should be set in Georgia like the rest of the site.
PS: Please don’t make that block an Helvetica/sans block: we like our text figures here, and would not part with them willingly. :) Yes, it is possible ...
I mostly use the StackExchange mobile app, so the changes don't effect me much, so take this feedback for what it's worth.
That said, something bothers me about the new larger, emptier voting buttons. The old style seemed more solid to me; more real, like something I could interact with. The new ones seem more like design elements.