The context of this question is that I have being thinking of reporting a bug I have found on another SE site, so I need access to this meta.SE site.

When I try using the site switcher in the top left of the page, I cannot find a link to switch to SE. What I need to do is:

  • either manually type meta.stackexchange.com in the browser URL bar, or
  • do the trick of going to any SE site, then going to the tab "Edit Profile & Settings` and click "Network Profile" on top right.

Is there a simpler and more usable way of switching to SE / meta.SE from other sites in the Stack Exchange network?


In the drop-down, there should be an edit link next to YOUR COMMUNITIES.

In there, you can add a site to be included in the list and/or move sites around from the default sort.

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  • Yes, I guess this is the correct answer. Thank-you. – user9869932 Jan 6 '16 at 14:01
  • @AI E, Maybe the people in SO could implement an easier link, or a trick less hard trick to figure out? – user9869932 Jan 6 '16 at 14:05
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    Possibly. The default sort is by reputation points, descending, so except for those few people are active in a lot of sites it's more than sufficient. It seems plenty discoverable to me; I didn't know how to do it until I opened the menu and spotted the edit link, then tried it out. – ale Jan 6 '16 at 14:08
  • There's also a search box just below the list on the same menu, which would probably only need a couple of characters to be typed. – ale Jan 6 '16 at 14:09

There's a link in the footer of each site that includes Meta.StackExchange.

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  • It it hard to figure out. Thank-you – user9869932 Jan 6 '16 at 13:38
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    Well, to be fair nobody reads the footers of webpages. – JonW Jan 6 '16 at 13:44

The "Stack Exchange" menu button in the top bar is actually a link to http://stackexchange.com/.


Normally, clicking that button just opens the site switcher menu. But on Firefox (at least), if you middle-click the button, it will act like a normal link, and open http://stackexchange.com/ in a new browser tab. (Of course, right-clicking and using the context menu will work, too.) From there, you can get to meta.SE using the same site switcher menu in the normal way.

Of course, this is kind of a hidden feature, but it can be handy if you know about it. Alas, it turns out that it's also browser-dependent; on Chrome, middle-clicking just opens the menu. :(

Ps. If you want to go directly to meta.SE, you can find it in the site switcher menu itself by typing "meta" into the search box:


As Al E. notes, you can also add it into the customizable "Your Communities" section of the menu (by clicking the edit link), so that it's always just one click (well, two clicks — you need one to open the menu in the first place) away.

Also, you don't need to go to meta.SE to report bugs; the SE dev team does track bug reports on per-site metas. If the bug seems to only appear on a specific site, it's usually best to report it on that site's meta; for bugs that affect multiple sites on the SE network, meta.SE is indeed the right place. Either way, though, as long as you use the (or ) tag, the devs will notice it.

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    No, doesn't work with Chrome. Middle clicking also opens the drop down same as left click. Probably some forgotten feature of the SOUP. – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Jan 7 '16 at 14:23
  • @ShadowWizard: No, it's not SOUP-related; I did check that before posting. But you're right, it seems to behave differently on Chrome than on Firefox. Not sure why. – Ilmari Karonen Jan 7 '16 at 14:26
  • Yeah, weird. Related Super User post. – Shadow Keeps Social Distance Jan 7 '16 at 14:29

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