[meta] Page overlaping on this site now

The window on the left side of the page overlaps the main page on this site now. It works OK if the zoom is backed off to 75%, but I'd rather not squint at the small text. I'm using IE 8.0.6. Maybe I'm the only one with this issue though...
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asked Jun 28, 2010 at 02:10 PM in Default

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Can this be re-titled to have [Meta] at the start and to keep it in line with the other site-related questions? Thanks.
Jun 28, 2010 at 02:25 PM ThomasRushton ♦
there you go...
Jun 28, 2010 at 02:27 PM Kev Riley ♦♦

As far as we know, this overlapping is how it behaved before the switch. We noticed it, but were surprised that someone had been clever enough to jam a left sidebar into a StackExchange template that didn't actually support one. We just brought the same code and technique into the new page, although it is admittedly a hack.

The best solution is to restyle the base template more in the fashion of the main SSC site, so this left sidebar is properly in the flow. Either that, or move it elsewhere or remove it altogether.
Jun 28, 2010 at 02:30 PM rickross ♦♦
That's fine - even delete it if you want.
Jun 28, 2010 at 02:35 PM Mark
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We have figured out a fix and deployed it, so this overlap should no longer occur. If you still see it, then you may need to shift-refresh (or whatever causes your browser to fully reload) in order to purge previously cached CSS.
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answered Jun 30, 2010 at 06:54 AM

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Looks good to me - thanks!
Jun 30, 2010 at 07:32 AM ThomasRushton ♦
@rickross: Thank you so much, it looks much better now. You actually fixed 2 existing problems: 1. Allowed the browser to automatically add the scrollbars if contents don't fit. 2. Removed that extremely annoying AJAX-related 120 pixels wide useless white space which was present on the right-hand side of the page before. That space was the cause of the overlapping unless the page width was set to 1160 (design) + 120 (waste) = 1280 (total). Now, the minimum page width (without scrollbars forced to auto appear) is 1160 pixels and this is fine because there is no way to adapt this site to the industry-standard 1024 without changing its design. Back in the good old days, it was possible to purge all cache by right-click -> Shift -> Refresh, but due to the accelerators and hidden divs it is no longer easy to find the available white space on the page to perform the action, and therefore, IE users can use Ctrl -> F5 to purge the cached stylesheets and sctipts.
Jun 30, 2010 at 07:53 AM Oleg
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No, it's a problem I've noticed on FF and Chrome, though only when my window is set to something under 1200 pixels wide. Unfortunately, the monitors at work are 1280x1024, and the only way to get a suitable screen is by maximizing them.

I have mentioned this elsewhere, but, given all the noise in the various other meta-askssc discussions, it may have got lost!
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answered Jun 28, 2010 at 02:24 PM

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Thank you Thomas. After changing my resolution to 1280 X 720, it looks fine now without having to zoom out.
Jun 28, 2010 at 02:34 PM Mark
was a problem for me, but it seems to be fixed now in FF 3.5
Jun 30, 2010 at 09:41 AM Steve Jones - Editor ♦♦
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I too noticed this before the switchover to OSQA. Not with IE but with my iPhone.
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answered Jun 28, 2010 at 02:36 PM

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