From Development:
We just reverted this change. Sorry for the confusion, we underestimated how often people were relying on triggering bangs this way. Going forward we're going to try to address the problem from a different angle, possibly clearer indication when a query will trigger a bang, or a message for first time bang users. Thanks for all of your feedback, it was helpful in coming to a conclusion here.
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader2 years and 4 hours ago Link

Wow, thanks! You REALLY don't save any user data and very little anonymous data, it seems! I still think putting an option in the right pane will make everyone happy.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 2 hours ago Link