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Over at Programmers Meta we are haveing a discussion about the SE Menu Structure. Someone recommend we ask the Pro's over here for recommendations.

So, What could\Should be done to Improve the SE Menu Structure?

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I've found the invisible "active" tab a bit of an oddity at the least. I prefer the layout of the "invisible" tab the most though, with the column layout for views/votes/answers to the questions tab's layout, better for scanning. –  Ben Brocka Dec 14 '11 at 17:23
    
@BenBrocka Agreed. This way is MUCH better for scanning. I never even view the other tabs, only the homepage "invisible" tab. –  Matt Rockwell Dec 14 '11 at 18:43
    
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I think 2 The two Menus should be Merged.

1) Add Hot, Week, and Month to the Questions Menu

2) Remove the Redundant Unanswered

3) By Default go to the Questions-> Active option clearly showing it selected.

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My concern about that is that unanswered is still really a subset of Questions rather than at the same level. Of course the problem being, that Unanswered has it's own set of tabs/filters/ordering/whateveryouwannacallthem... –  Roger Attrill Dec 14 '11 at 19:20
    
This doesn't seem to handle the part where the actual content on the front page isn't the same as the Questions list. Not just the selection of the questions excerpt, but all of the rest of the content as well. –  Grace Note Dec 14 '11 at 19:21
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Grace, what IS the default content, The consensus here is that it is the same as "Active". If its something different then that just stresses my point of how bad this is. I suggest Give that "Default Content" and Name and Add to the Questions Sub-Menu. –  Morons Dec 14 '11 at 19:27
    
I see what you are saying.. The Whole side panel Changes.... –  Morons Dec 14 '11 at 19:31
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It's hard (and wrong) to redesign something without at least analytical data considering your users and your objectives.

I thought it might be fun so I give it a try, but please mind that I made many assumptions on what your site should do and where's the problem right now.

What I did is:

1) I separated high level pieces of content (questions, tags, badges, users, FAQ) from low level elements responsible for specific content-manipulation (sorting and filtering questions); there's one exclusion - 'Ask Question" button should be visible from every site of the service as a main functionality

2) I combined "search" and tags as two ways of quick browsing of content for people who are looking for specific topic

You can have a look on the project here. If you wish to edit it let me know.

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Added screenshot - we try and incorporate images into SE where possible, in case of linkrot –  Roger Attrill Dec 14 '11 at 18:47
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