This is just a short write-up on the top, gray navigation you see in both BuddyPress and Elgg. What I disklike about both is that they span 100% in width, but that’s just a quick css edit. I like the idea of the mini-avatar in Elgg and a button to link back to the homepage, which is something that I believe was carried over to BP. What I’m not the biggest fan of are the dropdown menus. On Elgg, you have this really ugly carrot sprite pointing downward to signal that it’s a dropdown menu, even though you would’ve found that out simply by hovering over it — again, this is an easy css fix. What I disklike about the dropdown nav in BuddyPress is that it flickers a lot on the hover state. I have no idea why. BP’s random visit links are also a nice change of pace from Elgg, but that doesn’t mean it makes it any better. In general, I don’t think one is better than the other. BP is very similar to Elgg in that regard just a bit more advanced with a second tier of dropdown menus and the added random visit links. If there was an option to have the dreaded menu slide up/down by hovering near/away from it, it’d place more emphasis on the content and would make the member’s account look a bit cleaner, IMHO.
Update: Flickering seems to have disappeared now. Also noticed the rounded corners on the bottom of each dropdown… not too shabby.