I'm the new product manager for the DAG team. I’m excited to announce that the top bar design that has been on Stack Overflow for several months is coming soon to the Stack Exchange network.
What took so long?
This was a big change and we really wanted to work out the kinks on Stack Overflow before we pushed to all sites in the network. For example, we recently released some changes to how the review queue menu works in order to address an overall drop in reviews since the new top bar shipped on SO (see When I look at the review icon, I see red for details). We also adjusted the location of some items, such as the help link, to address feedback.
To meet the needs of the network we needed to adjust some aspects of the design to work with the full range of sites. The design is coherent with the SO design, but isn’t exactly the same. The biggest difference is that site name and Questions/Tags/Users navigation remain below the top bar. This was needed in order to work with sites with long names and/or custom skins.
Most importantly, the site switcher and other key controls will be in the same location across the entire network