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There are a number of issues that have been outstanding for (quite frankly) a ridiculous amount of time.

This morning (UTC) one of the known design issues contributed to a certain amount of tension that really wasn't necessary.

In the past excuses, have been put forward that the 'designer' was busy, well now there is more than one designer - how hard can it be ?

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    Laziness and complacency can be very difficult to overcome. – Dan May 7 '14 at 14:23
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    Can one really file bugs against developers? – Falcon Momot May 8 '14 at 1:08
  • Isn't meta.stackexchange.com designed to be a communication between the developers / mainainers? As for why SE designers don't handle this issue or the other....well true that is not communicated very well...not even a list of the thing being considered and worked on. – mdpc May 8 '14 at 4:46
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    @FalconMomot the feed for tag bug is monitored by the developers. – Iain May 8 '14 at 5:16
  • @Iain I know. Filing a bug like this is kind of like relating a bug ticket to someone's resource allocation ticket in redmine. However, you did get an upvote from me. – Falcon Momot May 8 '14 at 5:18
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    @mdpc No, this relates solely to SF and should therefore be raised here on the mSF - why would any non SF users be interested in for example the poor visibility of the links on the main SF site? SE even issued guidance to moderators in the April Moderator News letter regarding the relationship between mSE and child metas. – Iain May 8 '14 at 5:23
  • @Iain -- didn't know about the moderator news letter. Interesting! – mdpc May 8 '14 at 6:21
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    @mdpc Community Mods and other SE staff have also stated repeatedly on meta.SE that they monitor the site-specific metas. So it's not necessary to post to meta.SE even if it's a borderline case (and this is clearly site-specific) – Ward May 8 '14 at 20:43
  • I'm perhaps confused as to who addresses the SE design issues. Doesn't SE staff do this for all the SE sites? or are making SE modifications left to the individual SE sites? how? – mdpc May 10 '14 at 5:38
  • @Ward Here, for example, is a recent answer by SE valued associate #5 stating that they keep an eye on all metas: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/231250/… – Ward May 12 '14 at 4:00
  • @Ward (psst, you're talking to yourself) – Andrew B May 13 '14 at 5:32
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    @AndrewB It's the only way I can be sure that someone's paying attention! – Ward May 13 '14 at 6:49
  • @Ward I just put it down to your age ;) – Iain May 13 '14 at 6:50
  • @Ward Kids today! – Ward May 13 '14 at 6:54
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More designers doesn't automatically mean they're all free to tackle a few years' worth of design backlog issues across multiple sites. There are other demands on their time and overall that's still one of the busiest teams we got.

Having said that, as we discussed over email, I'll be looking into the most annoying issues you pointed out. One of them is already fixed as I write this. The rest will require more designer wrangling, but I'll see what I can do.

Y'all only got 12 questions tagged , so I'm gonna close with some of the most famous last words in software development... "it shouldn't be too hard". :)

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    If you drill down, then it's only 4 issues now that you have fixed the blockquotes. The only one that really matters is making links easier to see, people really do fail to notice them. Cheers – Iain May 22 '14 at 8:30
  • Anna I'm really tempted to put the bug tag back on this issue - people really do fail to notice links ... here's another one from today serverfault.com/questions/604757/… – Iain Jun 13 '14 at 7:59
  • @Iain Ack. I knew I was forgetting something... Sorry 'bout that. Fixed: meta.serverfault.com/a/6386/101854. – Adam Lear Jun 13 '14 at 19:26

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