I couldn't agree more, in all honesty it needs to be like HALF as big as it is. Its WAYYYYY too fucking big! I mean we all know half of NS is retarded but we don't have to make the search bar 2x as big just to compensate.
It shouldnt dominate the site. It just makes the site less classy. Id rather see it on the right side of the screen above the site clothing/gear swap/stickers. If you moved the search bar but kept the size, than it wouldnt be that bad. All the other updates are sick though.