Over the last couple months, we’ve delivered some announcements and posts around our approach to New Reddit. How we’ve conducted hundreds of hours of user studies and established a feedback community on r/redesign. How our product managers, designers, and engineers have been building New Reddit with the community and their feedback for the past year. However, while we've talked a lot about wanting to make New Reddit the best for everyone, historically we haven't done a great job of supporting one of the biggest parts of that mission: accessibility. We haven’t fulfilled a 13-year promise with the updated site that Reddit has a home for everyone.
Accessibility has always been top of mind for our team. We began with constant iterations on our new color system by making sure we were marching towards WCAG 2.0 best recommendations. We followed this by having quick access to contrast-friendly colors within the community customization menus and will soon give you the ability to turn off custom styles for those that have subscribed to the super incredible, sometimes wild styles that communities create.
Trust us, we didn’t and won’t stop there. We know any sort of navigation or even consumption is impossible with New Reddit right now. But that’s why we’re here. We’ve worked with individual users on all the pain points and frustrations of our current rollout, conducted a full site audit with experts (who helped us develop a long list of everything we could do to make Reddit more accessible), and established an internal team to standardize our components and process so every product, feature, and component will work with any item we build moving forward.
Going back to the audit, all 150+ pages of hard feedback … we had the product tested for the following user type, browser matrix, and AT (assistive technology) combinations:
|User||Operating System||Browser||Assistive Technology|
|Mobility||Windows||IE11||Dragon Voice Activation|
|Colorblind||Windows||Chrome||System Inverted Colors|
|Low Vision||Windows||IE11||Screen Magnification|
|Cognitive Impairment/Panic/Anxiety||Windows 10||IE11||-|
We opted to cast a wide net, to ensure that we can implement the best experience for everyone as efficiently as possible.
So, what are we doing first? Well, we’re going to be making sure all the majority of components around navigation and consumption are properly tagged with the ARIAs (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) and establishing a tab index for quick jumping to the main sections of Reddit and then diving into each component granularly.
Update: We've released our work in progress global header on New Reddit for keyboard navigation and screen reader support. If you have access please to check it out.
Once we’ve unlocked navigation and general consumption, we’ll be going after our forms, validation, scripts and applets, media enhancements (hi, Reddit Video!), and more.
This all can’t be done without you, our community. If you’d like to be notified of our in-progress builds—all in effort to provide feedback, pain points, and how we can generally make your experience on Reddit, yours—then fill out this quick survey. We’ll periodically email you with specifics on what we need help testing.
If you have an issue with the survey, you are more than welcome to send me a PM or Chat.
I'll be around for a little bit to answer any questions you may have ... and as always, cue the Huey Lewis and let’s work together to make Reddit some kind of wonderful.
Edit: Added a missed row in the table :)
Edit 2: Updated the survey link!
The release notes focus on the major items we are currently working on or have recently shipped. You can view last week’s release notes here.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the notable items we are currently working on or have shipped recently:
Also, here are some of the notable bugs that we worked on last week or are still being worked on:
A weekly reminder that the community’s feedback is invaluable as we build the future of Reddit together. It’s difficult for us to respond directly to everything, but know that we’re listening, prioritizing, and working to solve the issues, no matter how hard they are.
If you have additional questions or feedback on these or other topics, please don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments below.
When you open the sidebar the transition is jarring.
Adding transition: margin-left .3s; to match the sidebar transition helps out a lot.
We've made the following fixes:
Thanks for all the testing and feedback u/jofwu, u/flounder19, u/cahaseler, u/deadpoetic31, u/Moonwalking_Eren, u/dccdegruijter, u/deviouskat89, u/MajorParadox, u/FlapSnapple, u/pixelpushing, u/creesch, u/LackingAGoodName, u/random11x, u/LittlePlasticCastle, u/316nuts, u/miss_molotov, u/9Ghillie, u/emb3625, u/shiruken, u/magicwings, u/vincoug, u/reseph, u/Rocked03, u/Dessidy, u/tobiasvl, u/Georgy_K_Zhukov, u/namer98, u/turtleflax, u/nonstopflux, u/nonstopflux, u/laliw, u/fwump38, u/fumbler123, u/euric, u/DuckOfDuckness, u/Chap82, u/electric_ionland, u/gschizas, u/PlayTheFallen, u/aardwolf98, u/aardwolf98, u/kianworld, u/Reclusiarh, u/Alberto-Balsalm, u/cmays90, u/ClydeEdgar, and anyone else I missed!
If I click that header link, it brings me to /r/donzerly.
Bonus: If I then click my browser's back button, I get the profile post, but with /r/donzerly's styling and sidebar widgets.
Simply put, when I browse the old reddit, clicking on a subreddit, I can see 10 to 15 posts right away in an easy to browse format.
When I click on a subreddit through the new reddit, immediately half my page is filled by 1 image post someone made. Even when the subreddit is all text posts, it takes more effort at a glance to discern where different posts begin.
I'm not sure why reddit feels the need to open posts in a subreddit for me. If I was interested in reading the content of a post, I would have clicked on it. Even most modern forums, which this so called rework tries to emulate, have it to where the text of a post only shows up when the user moves their mouse over the post's title.
Showing the full content of posts by default is a bad idea. Reddit's main advantage and unique draw was being able to sort through lots of different information. Displaying by default interferes.
I really enjoyed the old feature of keeping track (chronologically) of which redditors you added as friends, as on https://old.reddit.com/prefs/friends/ and also collating your friends' posts together, like with https://old.reddit.com/r/friends — currently both of these fail on new.reddit.com
I do hope this is on the todo list for the redesign, because I use it all the time. There was a comment by u/HideHideHidden on this post saying there was a bug report filed, so I hope it's still kicking and on somebody's radar.
Bonus feature that would be great: highlighting friend activity across new reddit like on old reddit; super nice touch.
Just changed my password. On another computer that had been logged in, when I try to hit the front page, I just get "Sorry, we have failed you. Try refreshing!" Old Reddit still lets me see the page but does not show me as logged in. Logging in on Old Reddit seems to reset the cookie and fix the problem.
If it is relevant - my account is set up to show old reddit all the time when logged in.
I made a text post just now and wanted to add a bit to the end of it. I opened the editing mode from the dropdown, wrote an extra sentence and pressed Cmd+Enter immediately to save it. The editor did not save about half my sentence. I did it again, and it picked up some more of my words, but cut some off when it saved. Then I edited the post again and waited a couple seconds before pressing Cmd+Enter, which worked fine.
This was in Markdown mode on the latest Safari on macOS High Sierra. This is on the 2015 MacBook with a Core M CPU, but I didn't experience any noticeable stuttering or any performance drop while typing.
Seriously, this redesign is very bad.
Not only they removed the sidebar, banner and CSS they also removed the short links and searching tool.
I know the sidebar and banner can be restored by hand, but what about the other stuff?
I've been using reddit on Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge and this extansion has been a very useful tool, specially as a moderator, since I could add a tag that on I could see if I need to keep an eye on certain users with bad behaviour, as well as keep track on the up votes and down votes I give to them. How can this be fixed?
Hello, I was wondering if there was a way to opt-out of the new redesign?
Before you ask, yes I have OPT OUT OF REDESIGN in my user profile set, yet it brings be back to the same new redesign. Cool, so that doesn't work. Also now my messages don't work anymore (they were working just fine yesterday). I have a notification, click it. It brings me to a page that says
You are already logged in and will be redirected back to Reddit shortly.
If you are not redirected automatically, follow this link.
clicking the link, nor refreshing does anything.
I've seen this requested before, as far back as 3 years ago. What better time to ask again, than during a "redesign"?
Can we have the option, as a user preference, to default to "New" instead of "Hot", when clicking on our subscribed subreddits?
Description: In 'card' view, our header logo stays in the correct position, but when a user changes to 'classic' or 'compact' view the header logo gets pushed down away from centre. We use an 'additional background image' as our primary header logo (hiding the standard one) and this is an animated PNG, but this issue seems to occur on all subreddits with an additional background image.
Steps to repeat: Click on 'card' view, then click on 'classic' or 'compact' view.
Expected result: Header stays in the correct vertical/horizontal position as seen on the 'card' view.
Actual result: Header moves down in classic/compact view, which makes it look untidy and broken.
When clicking the menu icon, it feels like it's opening after a short delay. The same delay appears when you collapse the side navigation panel. I'm using Safari 11 on macOS.
Unrelated: Is there a way to see the intro videos/modal for the redesign again? I accidentally closed it when I was onboarded into the new redesign.
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