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feature-request planned
xnor
I have some comments about bits where I found the UI to be unintuitive or unnatural. I'm using a laptop (1920x1080).


![TopAnswers top left.png](/image?hash=eb9f934cac0a48f4c68f7e9d57b0f245430b1542ccff6b460a5c580e8f43d018)

Often I'm browsing a question and want to return to view other questions on the site. Currently, this can be done with the "TopAnswers" link at the top left, but I'd expect that to go to a general main page. It would be nice if the site name under it linked to its question page. I also expected that re-selecting the current site from the dropdown would take me to its question page, but it just leaves me on the question.

![TopAnswers question UI snippet.png](/image?hash=3437d601949d291c457c12ef3bf529955a9162bcc43dbe806f91bcd6e4fa7779)

With one answer here, it looks like  Adám was the one who posted the answer, because his name and icon are immediately above it. The name and icon of the actual answerer Skillmon are all the way to the right, where they are easy to miss.

![TopAnswers top right.png](/image?hash=16a1c4c6c586ca10d1421bcf5c3742c56ee1e2b84e58e14b437f2faed7063967)

It took me surprisingly long to find the "submit" button for my first post. It seems to be hidden among drop-downs that looks kind-of similar to it. I also expected it to be at the bottom below the edit window, continuing the downward flow when typing out an answer.

![TopAnswers question UI snippet2.png](/image?hash=4aa964d5b452fcf0d7e164b722f4d9aaf34a3746cbdba57bccabb6bedb068808)

The license link is much too prominent here, with the hyperlink color and underline making it stand out more than the poster and date.

![TopAnswers chat snippet.png](/image?hash=27c96554af52b71c1313d105ea6e234528cf80f81a72beb8e955c81bdc403974)

I think the time of the post should appear without mouseover. The "X minutes later" often doesn't help with this because I don't know that message was posted either.
Top Answer
James Douglas
> Often I'm browsing a question and want to return to view other questions on the site. Currently, this can be done with the "TopAnswers" link at the top left, but I'd expect that to go to a general main page. It would be nice if the site name under it linked to its question page. I also expected that re-selecting the current site from the dropdown would take me to its question page, but it just leaves me on the question.

![Screenshot 2020-03-03 at 14.18.30.png](/image?hash=8d0dd37593d3358964a1fde683d6c1dde8c069af2c65b72de288c7f0e9b1f45e)

^^^ The site switcher was updated recently, and you can now select the community you are already on (and also open a community in a new tab)


@@@ answer 842

Additionally, the site icon next to the site switcher links back to the community homepage.

> The license link is much too prominent here, with the hyperlink color and underline making it stand out more than the poster and date.

Licenses have now been moved under a "license" link on the bottom bar alongside the "edit" and "comment" links:

![Screenshot.png](/image?hash=30b68ebe81671a263f32d3089fd402e9f4b12578173415e6095ed3d3a4f1fd8f)

And when you click on it, it is replaced with the real license link(s):

![Screenshot2.png](/image?hash=0b7c3f4587d366aabd1fe7b0965eb4ef61be0c2959c48024a191fbceed6091bf)

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and finally:

> It took me surprisingly long to find the "submit" button for my first post. It seems to be hidden among drop-downs that looks kind-of similar to it. I also expected it to be at the bottom below the edit window, continuing the downward flow when typing out an answer.

The license controls are now also hidden by default and shown on demand:

![Screenshot 2020-03-03 at 22.11.07.png](/image?hash=edfa787d4ed6dc5f1e6ea5edefba744d0445bbff152e10ca30188ff2c58a0fa0)
Answer #2
Adám
## Cleaner and more consistent post meta info

### Main post listing
Currently:
![Current main listing](/image?hash=78322f1db9fad117079e68b85d76b2fd3904d1683a17051c84fc944b42ea8a2e "Current main listing")
I suggest making the white OP bar a tad taller so the right side can fit two lines containing the authorship and star info, identical to that of the answer listing; and the tags (if any). This also allows us to get rid of the "Answer:" label which serves no real purpose, and eats up precious horizontal space on narrow screens:

Mock-up:
![Proposed main listing](/image?hash=f849577c9bbf71b7b04a556a4bd3056c2dacbe2d273de2650de07a20f02e4e7b "Proposed main listing")

### The page for a post and its answers
Currently:
![Current post listing](/image?hash=0dd2fb1c961fd2e6db0939ba7b4a04fc95b8301a053574e988bbe507bcc87fb2 "Current post listing")

The OP bar should match the layout and styling of the answer bars:

![Proposed post listing](/image?hash=dc1f107ca8ae3fc16f5a3776b5591e4c0b422f1d66afad84e2e5e9af0e1ee868 "Proposed post listing")
UI suggestions
Skillmon
@James I still think that licenses should be in the top, they are easy to overlook in the footer (though making them stick out less is probably a good idea)
Skillmon replying to xnor
because if I want help on a specific problem I also want to be allowed to use the code/ideas in my work.
Adám replying to Jack Douglas
Maybe a user preference setting for license links: always-show/hide-until-hover?
Jack Douglas replying to xnor
they aren't important if you are reading the posts or interacting with them on the site, but they are vitally important if you want to copy anything and use it elsewhere
Adám replying to xnor
That's why you can click on them for more info.
xnor
@Skillmon Why is the license important? I just ignore the text, but I don't actually know how licenses differ.
Skillmon
@xnor imho, the licenses are more important than the person posting the answers.
Jack Douglas replying to 64 6d
that's a thought, though we'd probably need to think about being consistent everywhere else too if we do that. I also think part of the problem @xnor is raising is just down to the extreme length of the links in certain cases.
64 6d
@Jack @xnor  How about a more subdued link color similar to the rest of the text?  That way the actual license type is still immediately visible, the link is still underlined, clickable, and different enough to draw attention, but it doesn't stand out too much to distract from the question.  
  
I experimented with `#403080` which is slightly darker than the "visited link" color.
xnor
@JackDouglas The license link sounds sensible, but I'd further suggest moving it to the bottom of the post in the row where "edit" and stuff is.
Jack Douglas
@xnor re "It would be nice if the site name under it" — that isn't actually the site name but the type of post, and we are planing to do away with it and use the look on the main question list instead. However I agree the top nav is confusing and needs a revamp — watch this space
Jack Douglas
@xnor re "The license link is much too prominent here", we had been pondering having just the word 'license' initially, that when clicked goes away but makes the full license links visible — does that sound sensible to you?