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If I want to quickly check the top related questions on the entire Stack Exchange network, and I'm in GIS or programmers or any specific site, I need to click the menu, then the Stack Exchange link, which is part of the about sentence:

Stack Exchange link in dropdown

That link seems almost like a hack to get back home.

I would suggest a home icon you can click, which would take you back to the stackexchange.com homepage. It could be the same size as the chat bubble icon used in the Stack Exchange menu, but just with a border and onhover effects.

I'm still fairly new at SE, so forgive me if this feature request wasn't well written (also please provide feedback if I infringed in any serious way).

EDIT: I take back my earlier suggestion of using a home icon. I realize that would be inaccurate, because (as pointed out by Cody) each site is meant to be it's own and home should go to the individual sites homepage. I still think the button would hold great value, but I have no idea what it would look like... perhaps a globe or something. I just believe it would be convenient to have a one-click way to get back to a global view of all the most popular posts for the networks I view.

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StackExchange.com is not exactly "home". The individual site that you're browsing is "home"; you get to that by clicking its logo. The fact that the sites are all run by the same network/organization isn't really important. The emphasis is strongly on the fact that each site is individual and self-contained. –  Cody Gray Aug 23 '11 at 10:38
    
EDIT: I take back my earlier suggestion of using a home icon. I realize that would be inaccurate, because (as pointed out by Cody) each site is meant to be it's own and home should go to the individual sites homepage. I still think the button would hold great value, but I have no idea what it would look like... perhaps a globe or something. I just believe it would be convenient to have a one-click way to get back to a global view of all the most popular posts for the networks I view. (p.s. I couldn't edit my own post, because it has an image in it and I don't have enough rep to post images) –  Jason McCarrell Aug 23 '11 at 15:49
    
If your primary goal in visiting StackExchange.com is viewing the popular questions across the network, then shouldn't the MultiCollider SuperDropdown™ (also known as the Stack Exchange button) be enough? Or even exactly what you're looking for? –  Cody Gray Aug 23 '11 at 18:08
    
It's not bad, however it doesn't replace the stack exchange home. –  Jason McCarrell Aug 23 '11 at 19:47

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The questions shown on the homepage of stackexchange.com are in the dropdown menu, no need to actually navigate to another page. Check it out:

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Only minor info (tags, times, summaries, and usernames) are missing from the full version:

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I didn't realize it was the same list, thanks for the tip. Still, I would rather read that list in a larger expanded view with the features you mentioned. –  Jason McCarrell Aug 23 '11 at 15:39

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