Are these two boxes meant to move with the scrolling motion? If I scroll down to the bottom of the page to check out other stackexchange pages I can check out, this beige box follows me around, blocking the right most links.

Is this something that just happens to me? Or in every browser?

Kinda seems to hint that unless I'm done editing whatever I've been typing, I'm not supposed to use the bottom right links.

I've added a screenshot of the bug. And yes, it's on another stackexchange site, but it's the same everywhere? Is it really a bug?


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    Adding a screenshot would help us understand what you mean.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 14:27
  • The yellow "how to edit" boxes stay in place while the page scrolls, and they cover the footer if you scroll to the bottom of the page. That might be what he's talking about, or maybe there are some related links below the boxes that are getting covered.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 16:10
  • In Chrome, the help boxes stay in the same spot, while the page scrolls on behind them. At least for me. Is it something to with my own browser settings? Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 17:13
  • I think the help boxes stay in the same spot for everybody. Rand al'Thor has your answer, if I understand the question correctly.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 17:34
  • Wow. How do we do THAT? The screenshot thingy? @Rand al'Thor Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 16:53
  • There's a little icon that looks like a mountain, which you can click on while editing to insert an image into your post; Ctrl+G also works. You can either upload images from your computer or take them from elsewhere on the web.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 16:58

2 Answers 2


I think you're talking about the "How to Edit" / "How to Format" boxes in the right sidebar which appear when you're asking or editing a question. If I've misinerpreted your question, I'll delete this answer.

This is by design, and isn't going to be changed.

The same issue has been raised on main meta: Right-hand sidebar covers the footer on the "ask question" page and markdown help page. The answer posted there by Pops, a Community Manager employed by Stack Exchange, says:

We think that sidebar is pretty important, and want it to remain visible. The footer, on the other hand, isn't that important, and can always be accessed again with a bit of scrolling up. It's not worth the time to tweak the page so that it's only scrollable until the point of overlap.


I see no such behaviour in my device (Android 4/5?).

gif of screen scrolling on mibile

Tell us your device, it might help

  • Try it on a site where you don't have enough rep to edit posts in-line. I get the same effect on M&TV, for instance.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 15:58
  • @Randal'Thor The "how to edit" boxes stop moving if you have edit privileges? Quick, somebody upvote me 6 times so I can see it.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 16:08
  • @anaranjada Ohhh, you're the user formerly known as amarillo! I've seen you around a bit with this name but didn't realise it was you.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 16:09
  • @Randal'Thor Yes, I briefly mentioned it in chat but I changed names without fanfare. Being an orange candle (grammatically feminine) and having the masculine adjective for "yellow" as a name, I felt like I was living a lie.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 16:11
  • I was actually using it on Chrome. On my computer. Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 17:11
  • @SphoorthyNutulapatithis this is Chrome on desk to mode. I was mainly hoping this would spur you into taking us your browser and whether you were in mobile or not.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 18:36
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    Huh, now that I have 2k rep, I can edit posts inline, and the "how to edit" boxes are gone. My mind is blown. @Randal'Thor
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 3:22
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    @anaranjada Congrats, and enjoy your new editing powers! :-)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 12:49
  • Woah. I have to wait for another 1,884 increase in rep for that to like, go away? Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 16:56
  • @SphoorthyNutulapati You could use your own style sheet to make the boxes disappear. Or maybe you could set AdBlock to block the boxes. So you'd either need to figure out how to make your browser remove them, or you need a lot more rep, yes.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 17:06
  • A style sheet? Could you explain that? Or I could just ask it on the meta page Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 17:07
  • @SphoorthyNutulapati Well... it's possible to edit the page however you like, in theory, but you either have to learn how to do it or find somebody else who's already done it. I guess it depends on how much the boxes bug you.
    – Molag Bal
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 18:52

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