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Currently, the Stack Exchange logo in the top bar (on all sites except Stack Overflow, which has its own unique top bar) is a simple link to https://stackexchange.com/. I do not find it useful in any way, just annoying. I usually click it out of habit, and surely many new users click it without knowing where it will bring them.

To improve this, I suggest that clicking it will open a dropdown menu same as the icons to the right:

The menu will consist of:

Benefits:

  1. No more throwing us away from the current page when we never intended to.
  2. People will actually see where they are going to.
  3. Links to useful pages in stackexchange.com
  4. Consistency with the behavior of other icons in the top bar.

- network profile link can be hidden for visitors who are not logged in.

  • I assume you are specifically talking about the logo in MSE and not StackExchange.com – Suraj Rao Oct 24 '17 at 13:38
  • @SurajRao I'm talking about the logo in the top bar which is on all sites except Stack Overflow. StackExchange.com itself will also get it at some point, so yes it will point to itself. – ShaWiz Oct 24 '17 at 13:39
  • But in SE it already exists as a dropdown with a list of communities – Suraj Rao Oct 24 '17 at 13:40
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    @SurajRao in SE.com it's still the old top bar, so yes, in there the logo is still the site switcher. On all other sites the switcher moved to the right, leaving the logo a static link. – ShaWiz Oct 24 '17 at 13:41
  • Ah right..It's still the old one. – Suraj Rao Oct 24 '17 at 13:45
  • @SurajRao indeed. Same in chat and Area 51, but eventually they will all get the new top bar. :) – ShaWiz Oct 24 '17 at 13:45
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    Consider adding the current site's tour. A brand new user is more likely to click on the thing that looks like a logo than the thing that looks like a configuration menu (hamburger), so this seems like a good place for some welcoming guidance. – Monica Cellio Oct 24 '17 at 14:24
  • @MonicaCellio new user will have a question mark icon with the tour. I prefer the Stack Exchange logo to the left to be only about Stack Exchange, keep things organized. :) – ShaWiz Oct 24 '17 at 14:33
  • a small issue in that image. i.stack.imgur.com/Wv1sY.png – Optimus Prime Oct 24 '17 at 14:37
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    @OptimusPrime yeah, my Paint skills are not perfect. But I believe the image gives the correct impression about what I want. – ShaWiz Oct 24 '17 at 14:38
  • ooh, would be nice to have the help and tour there, Maybe rather than the right side burger. – Journeyman Geek Oct 24 '17 at 14:59
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    @JourneymanGeek I don't think help and tour would fit there... that dropdown would be for network-wide links. Help and tour are site-specific. – Catija Oct 24 '17 at 15:05
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    Thanks for moving my cheese, guys. – Harper Nov 1 '17 at 15:24
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    Not quite in this form or with those links... but an on-click dropdown is in the works for the SE logo. – Adam Lear Nov 27 '17 at 4:12
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    Something seems to have happened: When I click on the Stack Exchange logo, I'm not redirected to stackexchange.com but instead see a little popup with a "Visit Stack Exchange" button. – TuringTux Dec 13 '17 at 17:34
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The problem with the annoying link has been fixed, clicking on the Stack Exchange logo in the top bar will now display a little popup offering the option to visit Stack Exchange.

Stack Exchange logo dropdown

See also the section "Clickable Stack Exchange Logo" in this related question on MSE.

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    I flagged this question for a tag change and the response I got is that this current version is not likely the final one... it's a placeholder while they figure out what it will end up as. So they're not considering it status completed. – Catija Dec 30 '17 at 6:25
  • @Catija one year later, I'm pretty sure it's final. I am fine with that to be honest. :) – ShaWiz Dec 10 '18 at 14:36

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