A drop-down menu looks useful (better), you should also add a NEW QUESTION button that opens a form
Regarding bare/ hide 'n' cry , yup, it sure can be quite laborious if you 're new to perlmonks /bare, or if you want to ask a question.
But you can bookmark login and Newest Nodes for primary navigation (or maybe The Perl Monks Guide to the Monastery), and for search simply edit the url to node=whatever search terms
update: ha, I knew there was a node for this, monktitlebar is the navigation menu at the top of every page, despite the "permission denied" message, the node renders and links all the sections -- monktitlebar would make a good start page for /bare
see also Bare PerlMonks, great for small devices, Re^3: perlmonks.mobi ? (anonybare), Re^2: Perlmonks SmartPhone App (feel free)