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On any SE domain, I can click my profile link in the top bar and I'm presented with a network profile link (to https://stackexchange.com/users/[0-9]+/ ):

Network profile link

But when I'm on https://stackexchange.com/ itself, I can't find any way to reach my network profile. There is no link in the top bar, nor in the footer, nowhere: SE.com top bar I'm forced to click a link to another domain, then reach my profile, then the network profile.

Proposal: add a network profile link in the stackexchange.com top bar. For instance next to "Stack Exhange" in the "Current community" drop down, so that you don't have to design a special "Inbox" or "Achievements" dropdown. There is already a custom "chat" link anyway:

Current communities

Use case: I'm looking for a post but I don't remember where it was. I first use the SE-wide search from the stackexchange.com main page, but I don't nail it. I want to reach my network profile to search within my favorites.

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    In my topbar on SE.com I see my avatar just left of the inbox. i.stack.imgur.com/NjNBr.png That seems to be missing from your screnshots. Clicking it brings me on my se networkwide page – rene Apr 7 '18 at 8:50
  • @rene oh you're right, the link is actually there but the avatar is blank for whatever reason, so the link is invisible. – Nemo Apr 7 '18 at 9:38
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    I can see yours ... i.stack.imgur.com/1uqMT.png – rene Apr 7 '18 at 9:43
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As you note, it's caused by the fact that your avatar isn't shown to you on stackexchange.com (but it is for rene and me). That's more a / caching issue.

As a workaround, you can always navigate to this link: https://stackexchange.com/users/current to get to your network profile, or visit it from the link on one of your site profiles (as you already mentioned as a workaround).

  • No caching, many ISP and work places block imgur.com domain due to the nature of many images hosted there. It's also blocked country-wide in many places, e.g. China and Iran. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Apr 7 '18 at 10:30
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You can also reach your own network profile via the drawer icon: (Recent inbox messages)

open drawer icon

The "all items" links to the inbox tab of the network profile, from which you can go to all other tabs.

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