Now whenever I get to a SE answer from Google, the site yells at me:

Welcome back! If you found this question useful,
don't forget to vote both the question and the answers up.

Is there a way to disable it? I'm quite aware of how to vote on questions and answers and it's annoying to see it every time I click on questions (sometimes many times in a day). Perhaps this could go along with some rep requirement. At least have an option to only nag me once a week or something like that?


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    It will go away when you gain sufficient rep on whatever site is displaying this message (I think it's about 200). – user102937 Apr 27 '11 at 23:19
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    Oh, that's strange. I know I saw it on SO earlier even though I have 7000+ rep, but I can't reproduce it now. – Sophie Alpert Apr 27 '11 at 23:27
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    Hmmm, that's strange. Oh well, don't forget to vote. – Anthony Pegram Apr 27 '11 at 23:30
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    Don't forget to vote. – Daniel DiPaolo Apr 27 '11 at 23:31
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    See, you guys are just funny, not nearly as annoying as the site message was. – Sophie Alpert Apr 27 '11 at 23:35
  • Sounds like you weren't logged in. – user102937 Apr 27 '11 at 23:36
  • I haven't been logged out on this machine (this browser) for the last few weeks, though… – Sophie Alpert Apr 27 '11 at 23:37
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    Cookie expired, maybe. Vote if you like this comment ;P – Phil Lello Apr 28 '11 at 1:21
  • But if the cookie had expired, I'd've had to log in again, no? – Sophie Alpert Apr 28 '11 at 2:37
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    Don't forget you can only upvote comments every five seconds. – Andrew Grimm May 16 '11 at 23:24
  • Uh, what? I'm confused. – Sophie Alpert May 16 '11 at 23:28

enter image description here

The message

Welcome back! If you found this question useful, don't forget to vote both the question and the answers up.

only appears if

  • you haven't been seen on the target site for 24 hours, and
  • you hold a valid user cookie on the target site, and
  • your account has more than 15 rep on the target site, and
  • you arrive on a question from a search engine, and
  • you have not already voted on this particular question and answers

Therefore, you shouldn't ever see it more than once per day per site. And if you are on the target site(s) frequently enough you may never see it.

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    But what if all the answers are major suck? Leading the witness! – random Apr 28 '11 at 3:42
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    So we can't have any option to get rid of the message? (I do vote up good answers that I find, I promise!) – Sophie Alpert Apr 28 '11 at 3:46
  • @ben you really shouldn't be seeing it that much. Can you describe a little bit more about when you see it and where? – Jeff Atwood Apr 28 '11 at 3:51
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    @JeffAtwood I think I saw it three times today (on SO, SU, and WebApps) and it just seemed a little obnoxious. (Actually, I find all of the notification bar things somewhat annoying when they pop up over the top of the page; they'd be less annoying if (1) they loaded with the page and didn't animate in and (2) they didn't appear on top of the usual header and instead pushed the rest of the page down.) – Sophie Alpert Apr 28 '11 at 3:56
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    @random: There's always the opposite of up... – Andrew Grimm May 16 '11 at 23:24
  • There ain't no sideways unless you're doohickeying up your machine and UI experience @and – random May 17 '11 at 1:01
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    Any stats on how much this message improves voting? – Joe May 8 '12 at 18:02
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    In my view, once-per-day is far too often. Once per week would be better; and an option to permanently disable it would be better still. I've upvoted many things on stack overflow; I know why it's important. I'm not going to forget about it any time soon. So to be told about it every time I visit the site is ... well lets just say I find it very annoying. If the only way to avoid it is to stay logged out, that would be a shame. Ideally it should only remind people who have forgotten. That might be difficult to guess, but I suspect there are better indicators than just 24h of not visiting. – karadoc Sep 14 '12 at 5:19
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    I see it on almost every visit to any stackexchange site, since I don't spend all my time on just one. That's several popups a day. – David Mar 26 '13 at 20:18
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    I agree with @David on this. Any chance to make it global across the network? I have been quite annoyed by this lately and thinking of staying logged out just to solve this. – none Apr 8 '13 at 15:26
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    Every day is too often. Maybe it should be turned off after you've seen it 100 times or something. Reminders of etiquette are great, but when they become more annoying than the behavior they're trying to promote/discourage, they should be discontinued. – William Everett May 13 '14 at 16:12
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    Agree w/ David. I see it all the damn time b/c there are now a trillion different stackexchange sites. It's like playing whack-a-mole. – Brade Sep 24 '14 at 19:50
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    I see it every day, multiple times a day. I'm always logged in. I often upvote questions/answers/comments. I never want to see this reminder again in my life. – 2540625 Jul 27 '15 at 23:06
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    Pretty sure that the current algorithm is flawed. IMHO, you should be considering how many past upvotes the logged-in user has performed and have a dont-annoy-this-loyal-user threshold. I'm on StackOverflow a LOT, and I upvote literally every useful question and answer that has helped me, but I still get spammed. You guys now have a Machine Learning Ph.D. in-house, right? Why don't you add a "I find this reminder annoying" button, too, and let him / her derive a classification model (decision tree would be ideal here) to predict who finds it annoying, and use that to re-calibrate the rules. – vijucat Jul 1 '16 at 16:56
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    @JeffAtwood You keep saying "it shouldn't appear that often". Setting aside the question of how often is acceptable (for me, never), the issue is that it appears separately on every StackExchange site, of which there are hundreds. That easily makes it appear five times a day if you browse multiple sites. I think we can all agree this is too frequent. – Radon Rosborough Jun 29 '17 at 21:23

I get this message also on sites where I just registered to be able to vote. I find the message counterproductive.

Using the Stylish firefox/chrome extention you can disable it this way (replace/add the domain names of your choice):

@namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml);

@-moz-document domain("askubuntu.com"),
    #overlay-header {display:none !important;}

One suggestion for improvement: don't show this message to someone who has a Civic Duty badge on any other site. They know about voting...

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    "don't show this message to someone who has a Civic Duty badge on any other site" >This is a great suggestion! – Jon Dec 19 '16 at 22:35
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    The only actual solution. It works perfectly, thank you! – Radon Rosborough Jun 29 '17 at 21:20

They address why this even happens on Stack Exchange Podcast #2 as a way to remind people to upvote useful and helpful questions:

Jeff Atwood:
Now, one thing we have done to help with this is if you come through a web search engine and you arrive on say Stack Over, or Server Fault or any Stack Exchange site, and you actually hold a cookie for that account, meaning you have an account on the site and you are able to vote, we will gently remind you, "Hey! You arrived here through a Google web search. If you found this question useful, please vote it up and the answer."
Podcast time point: 51:24

Because, if you found the question through an external search and it's helped you, or it's well written, bump up the question with an upvote.

It helps with their algorithms on what to show regular users. Like the one that is used to float the good questions that deserve more natural attention to the top over the dregs.

Joel Spolsky:
Question score will make something more likely to appear on the homepage. So we need to teach people to vote up questions that are well asked.
Podcast time point: 48:15

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    One thing to note. My RSS reader is NOT A SEARCH ENGINE and clicking on questions to see if I can contribute to the answer doesn't mean I think it's a good question (i.e. matched something I needed to know.) – Chris Nava May 9 '11 at 16:31
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    I don't want to be teached. If i bounce right back after two seconds, just consider it a downvote. – mikezter Dec 6 '12 at 20:38
  • It's not difficult to learn how the site works. The simple fact is I don't vote on a lot of questions because they aren't relevant to my search. This mechanic might be useful at a certain level but the current tuning is overly aggressive. – Christopher Hunter Nov 11 '19 at 19:38

Another alternative for Chrome to tell the big ugly banner to go sod off: Referer Control

You can import the following site filter string which should block all StackExchange sites:

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You can block the element in Adblock/uBlock by adding this to your adblocker's filters:


You can be sure you have all of them by generating the file "se.txt" with this Python script:

import json
import requests

response = requests.get(
data = response.json()

sites = set()
ht = len("https://")
for site in data["items"]:
    url = site["site_url"]
    sites.add(".".join(url[ht:].rsplit(".", 2)[-2:]))

with open("se.txt", "wt") as f:
    for site in sorted(sites):
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The userscript Stack Overflow Extras (SOX) supports hiding this banner.

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Report issues: Remove the welcome back message · Issue #315 · soscripted/sox

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