Greet the new StackOverflow header. Sometime you'll get it too.

SO header

At the first look it seems like typical modern headers for touch-orientated sites.
But let's for a minute forget about that and check for its's functionality.

Help? We don't need help any more!

Help is moved away

Actually it is moved to footer, but I found it there only via Ctrl+F help:

... to footer

Badges? Just forget. Can't find them even in footer.

No badges

Logo as link to Main Page? Shrink it to fit tags and users!

As a user I much more use main page than tags page and users page. Why should they be more important to fully write them and shrink logo into an icon?

Logo is too small

By the way, it is different for not registered or novice user
only experiensed users should have difficulties

Logo for not registered user is larger

Similar icons should behave consistently? No!


3 icons of 4 will open a dropdown, but one icon in the middle will navigate to the other page. FIXED: 4 dropdowns now.

And they all require click to work.

Also this icon doesn't belong this block semantically. It's Review queue - leads to site page, not to some user-specific information.

How to go to the other site?

old sites list

Yes, I much more navigate between sites then to users and tags.
But now it's a small icon on the other side of the header.

new sites list

There are tons of reasons to use it:

  • I'm on meta and want to go to the main site
  • I came to answer, not to ask and searching for interesting questions
  • English isn't my native language and I want to ask on other site or on both sites
    Why are some question-askers active on both English and Russian Stack Overflows?
  • I came to SO, but decided that Superuser better fits my question
  • I switch site by the association link and want to switch it back
  • I saw something on the main site and want to discuss it on meta
  • And much more

Search? Center it!


Not sure if it's bad, but it's very unusual as on most sites it's on the right side.

So am I wrong and is this design is good??? What am I missing in that case? Or am I right?

PS: Sorry for bold font, but otherwice it's difficult to distinguish question text and screenshots.

  • I guess you will need to ask this in SO.Meta, we can't answer any of these questions since they all will be guesses
    – Devin
    Feb 16, 2017 at 20:17
  • @Devin, I asked 4 questions on metaSO and they are downvoted (there are 5 links on metaSO questions in this question). And you are ux and design community, so I expect you can tell why those desisions are good or bad. Also you can go and vote according to your minds. Also you can look at the tag top-bar there.
    – Qwertiy
    Feb 16, 2017 at 20:21
  • 5
    I have an opinion on that, and if it serves to your ranting needs, I'll tell you that YES, it's bad. But I can't tell why they did it, and none of us can. I assume they have information we don't have. As for SO.Meta and the whole of SO.... well, you need to have a thick skin, lots of time to lose and a passion for being trolled. I was a very respected and qualified user there and left it to never get back, so...
    – Devin
    Feb 16, 2017 at 20:26
  • @Devin, I'm currently on the 5th place on ruSO overall but have less than 3K on SO. So you are right, but this design change will affect all networks sites soon, so we should do smth now!
    – Qwertiy
    Feb 16, 2017 at 20:32
  • @Devin, updated question a little bit, so it should be more clere that I'm not asking only for good sides, I'm asking about both good and bad.
    – Qwertiy
    Feb 16, 2017 at 20:34


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