EDIT Dec 4 - We're doing it live! Please post bugs or concerns as questions tagged [top-bar]
We have rolled out our 95% completed top bar for feedback.
- We are still adding a few final features, so if you have a request for a feature that is not there you might hold off on that for a day or two
- Yes, the bar is black1. Also give that a day or two to sink in.
I also want to specifically address the meta/main/chat links.
I'm very aware that many of you like having the links at the top of the page and that this new version is different.
The thought process behind moving these links is that the "site switcher" should be an automatic place to go when you are on a site and want to go to another one. If you haven't already developed the muscle memory for these links, getting between them required a bit of a cognitive load: You must first decide that you want to switch sites and then you have to decide which area to go to to switch.
Also, we find that less familiar users aren't entirely clear what a standalone link that says "main" or "meta" actually does... Not to mention that it hurts my UX sensibilities that we are dynamically changing links in an element that should be fixed.
It is true that we have added a click in the process, but we have also removed a lot of clicks for other common actions that are much more frequent than switching between main and meta.
All I ask is that you give it a few days and see if the new "switch sites at the top left" paradigm grows on you.
What do you think?
1. Jin points out that technically it's not quite black.