One of my fellow moderators noticed that the Help Center for our site no longer has a banner at the top linking to the Tour.

A little browsing around and use of the Wayback Machine indicates that this change has just happened across all sites (that I've checked), even Stack Overflow. Smells like a bug.

  • I still see the banner for the tour? – Catija Jul 17 '17 at 22:16
  • Agreed. It needs to be changed back to the way it was. – Mike Waters Jul 17 '17 at 22:17
  • @Catija It's not on ham.stackexchange.com/help. – Mike Waters Jul 17 '17 at 22:18
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    I think they just made it so that if you've taken the tour, you don't see the banner any more. View the page in incognito mode. I definitely see the banner still, though... on your site. On the site I mod, It is gone... unless I view the page when I'm not logged in. – Catija Jul 17 '17 at 22:19
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    @MikeWaters Why? What's wrong with only showing it to people who haven't taken the tour? – Catija Jul 17 '17 at 22:29
  • Nothing. I just didn't realize that! Thanks. :-) – Mike Waters Jul 17 '17 at 22:32

It seems that, if you've taken the tour already, you don't have to stare at the banner any more.

I also moderate a site and I saw that the same thing happened on my site but when I view the site when I'm not logged in (in an incognito browser window), the banner is back where it should have been.

View when logged in:

View when logged in

View when logged out:

View when logged out

To assuage your fears, this is what I see when I'm on Amateur Radio's Help Center page:

Amateur Radio Help Center page with tour banner

As such, I'm going to guess this is .

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  • Perfect. Nice change. – Mike Waters Jul 17 '17 at 22:33

Almost no one ever clicked that link if they already had an account; heck, barely anyone clicks it period, but at least anonymous viewers manage to break 2%, while less than half a percent of logged-in viewers bothered.

Arguably the tour isn't particularly useful if you already know what you're looking for.

So, henceforth it'll appear for anonymous users and not anyone else.

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