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Questions previews were introduced: Can the layout be improved?

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Questions previews have been introduced in Codidact, which, with a considerable amount of padding between the elements inside each question "box", decreased the number of visible questions per screen height.

Questions page of the Linux site

What is the community's opinion about this new layout?

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I'd like to see the "score bar" vertically align with the title, instead of being vertically centered in the whole "slot" for the post. (I didn't notice this with shorter titles in testing -- should have tried some longer ones!)

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Question previews were added after some user requests; we'd been planning to eventually do a fancier "expand in place" design where you could use a control to see the beginning of the question and a summary of answers and then collapse it again, but that will take more time and in the meantime we could add fixed post previews without the complexity of the other stuff. Should we add a user preference for it? Or maybe a user preference for the size of the preview, 0 to disable, like the per-community setting? (Yes, the preview can be configured; let us know on per-community metas if you want to change the character count.)

I also noticed that the font size for the title increased with this change, which I don't think was intentional. I've filed an issue for the size change.

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"...and in the meantime we could do this." Sorry, what does "this" refer to here? And thanks for p... (2 comments)
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In my opinion, questions boxes have too much padding, which decrease the information density on the page.

What about changing the preview's margin from 8px to 2px, and doing the same for the tags' padding-top?

The result would be:

Question with said adjustments (8px -> 2px)

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Personally, I'd rather have the "preview" gone. It's too visually cluttering. Finding the time since last activity is a bit harder now. Yes, I know it's there, but for me at least, it takes more effort to pick it out of the noisy background. It's also more work now to scan down a page to see what is there.

When the question title is good, there is no need for a preview.

When the question title is bad, it should be fixed.

The first sentence or two of a question don't always give you a good idea what the whole question is about. Put another way, the first sentence or two is less useful than a good title. Both together are more noise, not less.

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