A minor suggestion, but I actually loved having my username there. This would make icon size issues I've seen others complain about simply... go away.

I stole this idea from this locked post.

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    Are you going to re-surface every answer you see there that you like? It's entirely unnecessary; I'm quite sure that the staff has seen each and every one of them already.
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:12
  • -1 for a colour of the bike shed request.
    – Sumurai8
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:17
  • For those who were not watching, here is the other one I re-surfaced: meta.stackexchange.com/q/209984.
    – tshepang
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:20
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    Wow, people are really really unloving this one. I am surprised.
    – tshepang
    Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 21:22
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    @TheGrinch The other question is locked with the comment: Please post bugs or concerns as questions tagged [top-bar]. So I don't think this question is unnecessary. I want my username back, too.
    – stefan.s
    Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 14:26
  • @Sumurai8 I'd really like to add a -1 for giving a bull shed comment...
    – stefan.s
    Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 8:08
  • @stefan.s The "Colour of the bikeshed" is something where everyone has an opinion about, everyone has a lot of different opinions and most importantly, something that isn't a significant improvement to the site. Even if someone likes the change, there will be someone who says: "Hey! I actually liked the icon. Give me an option to get it back" and someone who says "Hey! I don't like the username -or- the icon. Give me an option to display my email/random unicorn". Does it matter for SO? Not really. Bikeshedding-discussions are counter-productive, and that's why I vote them down.
    – Sumurai8
    Commented Dec 13, 2013 at 8:46

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I liked having my name in the top bar. It was a nice visual indication that I was logged into the site.

I also liked having a ♦ as a visual indication that I was a moderator on a site.

Now my name is gone, there is only my avatar, which at this size is just some random unrecognizable picture. (Ok, more recognizable than the square bra.)

Please bring back the user name.

To make room, you can take out the list of badges. I never saw the point of these. Reputation, yes, I guess many people like to see it, and for people like me who participate on multiple sites it indirectly tells me which privileges I have on the site. But the badges? They don't change often, they have zero impact, they can stay in the profile page.

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