Firstly, I think it did need an update. The old orange and fixed Arial text looked a bit 90s.
However I do have a few complaints:
The forum bar on the left no longer shows all forums, and nor does it have highlighting for forums with new posts. This is how I have always navigated around the forums I'm interested in and I think that is a big mistake. There is plenty of vertical space to still have a full list there and to bring back highlighting of the current forum and forums with new posts. Edit: actually, it does have highlighting. But I can't see it for all forums without expanding every section manually.
It is an unstructured sea of white. It will hurt my eyes after not very long, and it's hard to see the structure of the page. I think the navbars (left and top) should have some shading, a pastel orange perhaps.
In articles, H3 headings are more prominent than H2 ones. Make H2s a darker orange, or bold.
1. I wanted to be consistent with the sidebar nav in the article section tables of contents, plus, for those viewing 10 or 25 messages per page the nav bar was longer than the messages. It's a subjective call, but I still prefer the minimal view
2. I've already been threatened with physical violence if I bring in any more pastel
3. I tweaked these earlier. Should be good now (though may Ctrl+F5 to force a CSS reload)
In the old forum, the submenus were expanded, and showed unread messages by highlighting the forum in bold. Now, I have to click on them to expand (ie, before switching from the C# to the Database-forum)
That's an extra click, compared to the old version; one that does not add or improve anything to the experience. I'd like to see the complete list expanded, and, now that I'm requesting features anyway; a count (right-aligned) that shows how many unread messages are in that forum would be kind of nice too
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With the new UI, my article[^] layout has taken a hit. The article header is pushed below the article (above the author profile). In FF, the first heading (Introduction) appears center justified (okay in IE).
Profile popups are missing, but the checkbox is still there. The "Refresh" link is missing - I would assume that would be even more useful for tablets than for PCs. It's at the bottom, rather than at the top.
When you open a post, the screen scrolls down a single pixel. Not a problem, but it notices as a tiny "jerk".
Chrome 21.0.1180.89, Win7
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Also, seeing the light pink hover that shows up on mouseover above a post, can we also expand the post when clicking on the whole region instead of the post link? Seeing as the new version is aimed at mobile devices a lot, it would give much more touch space to post expanding.
Oh, and seeing as...well, nevermind. I'll compile a whole list and post it when it's done.
EDIT: Bug I noticed: In Q&A when voting a question, the star that shows what you voted is missing its picture. Also, when voting, a horizontal scrollbar shows up underneath the user's post, although there is nothing to scroll to.
Browser Chrome 21.0.1180. Scrollbar doesn't show up on FF 14.0.1, but picture link is still missing. Same with FF under IE9 as well
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But as per some below posts, we need to do some more amendmends in this new design.
- White background need to be less brighter (we can have grey background to the left and right of main content box).
- White space below the breadcrums needs to be removed.
and some other issues...