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Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?

I've often wondered why Stack Exchange has opted to keep the upvote/downvote buttons available for clicking on question/answers posted by the user. For instance: Even though these buttons have no ...
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The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this?

I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.
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When should a year be added to a timestamp?

Stack Exchange uses relative timestamps to indicate when an action occurred; a question was asked, edit was made etc. This is done as far back as "2 days ago"; anything prior to exactly 48 hours ago ...
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Is it OK to nest clickable items?

I've noticed this on the SE network, and realised that when a clickable link is nested in a clickable item, users (me at any rate) tend to forget that the item is clickable. It took me a while to ...
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UX of Quora vs Stack Exchange [closed]

Quora has been gaining momentum. They actually have decent traffic for user experience topics. The UI is eerily similar to Stack Exchange's, but not exactly the same. No reputation points that I can ...
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How does community volume affect the interface of StackExchange?

I've always said that interfaces assume a particular volume of activity. Too many or too few and a different interface is appropriate. I was looking at StackOverflow users vs. ui.stackexchange.com. ...
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How to optimise the space used by tags in the right column of StackExchange sites?

In this meta question about what the StackExchange UI site should look like, I'm working on (read: messing around with) a design for the site. I'm using a web-based tool to edit the page's CSS, which ...
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Wrapping Stack Exchange footer site list?

Browsing through the StackExchange Android website I came across this, and was curious whether wrapping of site names is correct. Will a users eye automatically read "User" and wrap their eyes to the ...
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Should a Tweet button yield a suggested Tweet over 140 characters?

I found the Stack Exchange Tweet Buttons can do exactly this and posted a Meta question about it. The Tweet Button is for instant, easy sharing, but sometimes an article title can be too long to fit ...
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Order of items in a list, like the Stack Exchange “all sites” list

I've asked this question at Meta Programmers regarding the order that sites are listed in the StackExchange -> All sites menu on all the SE sites, and the answer confused me... Press Stack Exchange ...
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How should the Global Network Auto-Login on SE work?

If you are a registered user logged onto the SE network, say to UX.SE, you have a user account with reputation and badges, etc. When you go to check out another SE site (cooking.SE for instance), at ...
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Are 'normal' forums (phpBB, vBulletin) outdated? [closed]

Im currently thinking about how communication and information exchange can be improved over the internet. You can cut it down to two sides: 'Life' chat (e.g. irc) and 'delayed' chat. With 'delayed' ...
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How many notifications are there on StackExchange?

StackExchange has the top notification bar that informs of a number of things like badges gained, for instance. The red bullet shows inbox notifications. The yellow or red boxes show validation ...