I frequently visit Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites from private browser windows, which means I get the cookie banner over and over.
Does it really have to cover the most useful part of the viewport?
(Not a private window; this one is because I use NoScript when I am logged in.)
I understand that for legal (but still annoying) reasons, this probably needs to be in a place where it is hard to miss when you have something more important than cookies on your mind; but could it be made even a tiny bit less intrusive?
Removing the cookie outline image (I only realize now after trying to figure out a way to describe it that that's what it is supposed to be) or moving it to be next to the buttons rather than on top would already alleviate the usability problem significantly.