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Would it be reasonable to give SE user ability to customize his/her top menu appearance? Some users tend to review posts, other prefer to chat. Maybe it would be better to let them decide for themselves, what links they prefer to see on top?

By the way, I don't think registered users really need "about" link hanging in the top bar.

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I know this doesn't answer you question but you could change SE yourself with something like Greasemonkey – N.N. Nov 2 '11 at 20:43

I don't think this is very useful. You mentioned two links which are already there. What links do you not see that you would want to add? Because if you don't want to chat, just... don't click that link.

In addition, it could actually be detrimental because:

  • It may introduce new bugs
  • It may be confusing
  • It will cause more confusion when people report bugs / ask questions. Now we have to ask what everyone has their top bar configured like.
  • It takes the team's time from building more important features.

Plus, your doesn't have any freehand circles. I could be convinced to upvote this if your post had a clear example of why this is needed, with a freehand circle around it.

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As for me, I don't see "review" link and I really don't need "chat" link really. I prefer tor replace "chat" with "blog" (with that neat little notification about new posts). – Andrei Petrenko Nov 2 '11 at 20:51
You don't have all those already? I do... – The Unhandled Exception Nov 2 '11 at 20:53
And don't it cause confusion when you just make some changes quietly (with already mentioned "review", for example)? – Andrei Petrenko Nov 2 '11 at 20:56
I'm sorry, I don't understand that comment... but I'm sure the answer is no, because I am not confused by these sites. I like the layout quite well. – The Unhandled Exception Nov 2 '11 at 20:58
Take a look at It seems that removal of "review" did cause some confusion already :-). – Andrei Petrenko Nov 2 '11 at 21:00
It should never have been there (for you) in the first place :-) – The Unhandled Exception Nov 2 '11 at 21:01
Sure :-). But these changes make me feel like a sheep. – Andrei Petrenko Nov 2 '11 at 21:05
I can see how you feel that way when things disappear. That normally won't happen, it was just a fluke. – The Unhandled Exception Nov 2 '11 at 21:07

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