The SO welcome theme completely hides the edit controls. This results in the effect demonstrated in the attached screenshot - if someone adds a portlet to the page, there's no obvious way to get rid of it.
The only two ways I came up with are:
- Firebug (removing the css instruction from
- Temporarily activating a different theme that does not hide the edit controls.
The reason why I'd like to see this fixed is that I believe users of SO might be less portal-savy, thus have difficulties imagining what this actually means. As the edit controls would only be seen by administrators (and the content in the site is automatically generated) I see no harm in not-hiding them in the theme. I'm open for other solutions, but I expect them to be a lot more complex.
Another alternative might be to just hide the portlet title: