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In a previous question I asked for a way to disable all the popovers that appear on SE sites. The question was closed as a duplicate of a question that was more about the cookie consent dialog and the giant "Teams" banner".

Presumably whoever did this thought that the new "speech bubble" popovers were acceptable to me — but they are not.

I don't want any popovers appearing. Since they seem to be to introduce new or changed features, could a user preference along the lines of "notify me when I load a page if features are added or updated" be added? If set to "off", these popovers would not appear.

Ideally this would default to "off" so that people could read questions on SE sites they're not logged in to without being bombarded with prompts to answer surveys or learn about review queues (though I suspect that one doesn't show to logged-out users anyway, as it would make no sense :) but even being able to suppress the annoyances when logged in would help.

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    This should definetly not default to off! – Luuklag Apr 23 at 10:39
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    How would a user preference, that defaults to 'off' work for sites where 'they're not logged in to'? If you're not logged in, you don't have user preferences. – Tinkeringbell Apr 23 at 10:45
  • My thinking was that there should be a way for logged-out users to not be bombarded. Maybe each popover could have "never show these popovers" at the bottom; clicking it when logged out would set a cookie, and clicking it when logged in would set the cookie and update the pref? – John Y Apr 23 at 10:45
  • @Tinkeringbell: I didn't really express that clearly; what I meant was that, in the absence of a setting enabling popovers, they would not display — so logged out users would default to off through the lack of that setting. – John Y Apr 23 at 10:47
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    Ah... That makes more sense :). I still personally agree with Luuklag that defaulting this to 'off' might not be the best option... If I open this site in an incognito window, I get two popups: One encouraging me to sign up, the other to control my cookies. At least the one that encourages people to sign up or join is probably important enough to keep. – Tinkeringbell Apr 23 at 10:50
  • Sure — I was referring to the page load yesterday when I got "take our survey" (when I clicked the link, I just got an eternal spinner, so it wasn't even useful) and "learn about the review queue" (as I said, logged-out users probably wouldn't get that). Signup prompts are definitely useful; the consent prompt is a legal requirement for the EU. Everything else feels like those sites that are constantly covering the page with "subscribe to our newsletter" and the like. Nobody likes those, so why use them? – John Y Apr 23 at 11:02

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