Your header is boring and flat (more constructive comments inside :))

Issue #2667 wontfix
Arne Babenhauserheide
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I had a discussion on IRC about github and bitbucket some time ago, and someone said “you know, github just has something, it just looks better”.

So I thought I’d check if I could find out, why.

The differences aren’t so big: Their newsfeed looks like a real button, the text in the search field does not overlay the icon (looking glass)¹ and their header is fancy (creates an illusion of depth, and it isn’t all the same color -> fixable by making the most relevant buttons (to users) look as if they were sticking out of the mercury background -> make bitbucket the background on which people work).

¹: Just add 4 or 5 spaces before the “Find a project”-Text to fix that whithout taking up real user-typing space.

PS: I Just worked on github, and a feature I really liked are their rich pull-requests: Showing all revisions which will be pulled and allowing comments, like an integrated hg incoming with the option to comment at any point. It’s a new way of contributing, and it gets people to use their site for talking about their contributions.

Comments (5)

  1. Arne Babenhauserheide reporter

    Also their startup site says “how to use this site” and at the same time gives strong hints as to why: Social coding (as they define it and which also means “stay on this site”).

  2. Dylan Etkin

    Hi Arne,

    Thanks for the constructive feedback.

    We are slowly but surely revamping the look and feel of the site. Portions of the header are definitely on the list.

    Dude, konqueror, rocking the old-school browser, I am surprised the site renders at all, cool.



  3. David Chambers

    While we greatly appreciate the feedback, Arne, I'm closing this issue as many parts of the site are in more urgent need of attention. I can assure you that there are plenty of UI improvements on the way. :)

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