I was reading up on the network wide SE changes: Ch-ch-ch-changes: Left nav, responsive design, & themes.

Two things caught my eye:

  • Photo.SE is currently getting the "Cadillac treatment" when it comes to themes
  • As soon as May, all SE sites (like Photo.SE) "will see a reduction. [in themes]."

Does this indicate the beginning of the end for our weekly featured image, at least in respect to including it in the photo.SE homepage header?

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    According to Jon Ericson it may be moved to the sidebar. – user37753 Mar 18 at 22:20
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  • @SFTP excellent to hear! – scottbb Mar 19 at 3:11
  • @scottbb oh ya? What did you find out? – dpollitt Mar 19 at 3:11
  • nothing, until @SFTP's comment to you. – scottbb Mar 19 at 3:12
  • Looking at: sharepoint.stackexchange.com it might be possible to have it as a background image for the header (assuming that SE's Sharepoint site is an indicator of what the SE Sharepoint Gurus think constitutes 'good design'). The SideBar could take the links (and not the image, or a puny thumbnail). That would provide more Real Estate for higher resolution images. I think we need a step-up for "The Chosen One" or it will be the 'beginning of the end'. – Rob Mar 19 at 18:44
  • Upvoting this answer: Don't be so restrictive on theming meta.stackexchange.com/a/307884/282094 to the 'Changes' question meta.stackexchange.com/questions/307862/… might help us retain a good spot for the photo. – Rob Mar 19 at 19:05

There's two things that are pretty important to convey here:

1 - We'll be in close contact with you as any changes come, and will work to minimize pain and negative impact.

That's not to say that there won't be any, but we're going to do our best to not let this turn out like a home makeover reality show where you come home to a bunch of Nascar fan art and beer kegs, unless you really happen to like Nascar and beer.

What's most important to us is that you come out of this feeling heard, considered and as accommodated as we can possibly manage.

2 - There's room in the side bar to keep customizations

Jon and I both mentioned this in a few places that aren't likely to turn up in searching because of context, but our plan is to keep the existing functionality while putting it in a place where it finally looks less bolted-on and more deliberate.

With the addition of the fully responsive design, we finally have the ability to control how pages collapse in different sizes, which should stop the image from becoming pain point in navigation for anyone using the full site on an odd display.

What I'm not sure of is what might change for size / aspect requirements, but we'll communicate that to you well in advance. I can't imagine much else about the mechanics of it changing, but like I said, communication from us is going to be a pretty big deal as the time comes.

If anyone has questions please feel free to leave a comment, ask a follow up question here or on MSE, or contact us directly if that's easier for you.

So: tl:dr; -- You're keeping it, but it might be a bumpy few days while we get everything settled, and there might be some changes to the mechanics of how the feature works and the requirements for images that will appear in the new spot. We'll let you know well in advance, and give you any help you need to transition.

If the new design gives us different opportunities for size and aspect ratio, we should take them (and restart the contest thread with the new guidelines).

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