Over the last week or so, the official top bar has returned to Area 51. It was there briefly a few months back, but seems to have returned for good. Definitely a positive, as I have always welcomed our new top bar overlords.
The rep dropdown (of yore) was the only way to see new reputation changes on Area 51, though. Since the Area 51 reputation tally is not integrated with the rest of the SE ecosystem and there is no designated area on the Area 51 profile for recent rep changes, I'm down to the old abacus for keeping track of changes. Having this reputation information may seem trivial, and it is, but I do use the growth in number of new followers as a cue to check on my proposals.
I certainly don't think it's worth anyone's efforts to crowbar the old Area 51 system into the new top bar, and I understand all of the issues in Area51 Reputation changes do not show up in the new Top Bar, but is there any way to monitor these rep changes in the meantime, or could we just get the old rep dropdown back again for a time, like it had been up until last week?
I'm not a begging person, but any hint of an Area 52 would be nice, too.