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Is S.E. website layout more clear cut and user friendly? [closed]

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Closed as not constructive by msh210‭ on Nov 12, 2020 at 09:42

This question cannot be answered in a way that is helpful to anyone. It's not possible to learn something from possible answers, except for the solution for the specific problem of the asker.

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No offense! I want to make Codidact better and friendlier than SE! I don't know why — I don't design website or user experience — but SE's websites looks better and makes my eyes and eyesight easier? No, there's no familiarity bias or heuristic.

Example 1 — SE forces you to write title of post, then body. This makes sense because title tops body. But Codidact forces you to write body first, then title. Counter intuitive?

Example 2 — The CC BY-SA 4.0 distracts! Do we have to see it every post? It's irrelevant to substance of post.

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SE in some respects is more clear-cut and user-friendly (though in others this site is). But a general post like this helps no one. Any change must be made individually and decided on individually. (Some decisions can be broad-strokes, e.g. "implement changes to help people with screenreaders", but this question is much broader even than that type.) This question should be closed as disputatious (seeking to state a position rather than ask a question or propose something) and unbeneficial. msh210‭ 19 days ago

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Example 1 — SE forces you to write title of post, then body. This makes sense because title tops body. But Codidact forces you to write body first, then title. Counter intuitive?

While perhaps counterintuitive from a design perspective, it makes sense from a writing perspective. It's common advice that you should always choose a title[1] last - whether it be writing a novel, an essay, or in this case, a question.

For a more in-depth reasoning, see the discussion on Why does the title come after the body when writing a question?, especially Monica's and pnut's answers. I'll quote some relevant portions here.

Springer has advice about Titles (though the context is scientific publications rather than Q&A):

The title of your manuscript is usually the first introduction readers have to your published work. Therefore, you must select a title that grabs attention, accurately describes the contents of your manuscript, and makes people want to read further.

It does seem likely to me to be easier to describe content accurately after such content has been written, not before. A scaled up analogy might help: "What describes a ship better, the plans sent to the yard by the naval architect, or the 'as built' drawings?".

— pnuts

On other sites I've seen a lot of bad titles, ones that didn't match the question that came out at the end of the question body, and I think that's because the mere act of writing a question can change what you thought you were asking as you rubber-duck your problem.

— Monica Cellio‭

There's also this comment on Should the post title come before the body?.

This has come up a few times. I asked for it to come after the body because I've seen a lot of questions where the title doesn't match what the asker ended up asking about by the end of the body, but maybe we should instead just give newer posters a "please check your title again" reminder? — Monica Cellio‭


  1. and even subheadings. ↩︎

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This is a very nannyish attitude, and just not how most people's thought process works when writing a post. Olin Lathrop‭ 19 days ago

I agree with OlinLathrop on this one. However, one can easily get used to Codidact as well. The first action is to jump and write a title. There is nothing that prevents me to change it later if I realize it does not fit the content. Alexei‭ 19 days ago