I have the dubious privilege of having early access to the new top bar on Ask Ubuntu since I am a moderator there. The search field there is just a grayed out box with nothing to indicate that it is in any way functional, let alone the way to search:

AU top bar

On other sites, it works as expected: there's at least some text to indicate that you can use this gray blob for searching:

  1. Unix & Linux:

    U&L top bar

  2. Bioinformatics

    Bioinformatics top bar


Thanks for the report! This is now fixed:

Ask Ubuntu header

I was using an over-eager check for "Is this a Q&A site?" which checked if the site's hostname ended in "stackexchange.com", so thank you so much for spotting this before it went live everywhere :)

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