I don't know how many of these I plan to save, but I like to have all these sites on my bookmarks toolbar for easy access.

Surely I can't be the only one who works like this.

The favicons all look the same in the browser's bookmarks

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Looking at the list of sites in beta, I think each site's initials wouldn't cause a conflict right away if used as a temporary icon. That might work until the sites get their own logos. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 23 '10 at 1:01
    
@Bill, that may work for now, but it doesn't seem like a tenable long- or even medium-term plan to me. –  Pops Jul 23 '10 at 10:47
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@Corey, your screenshot is making me want to play "how many sites can you identify solely from their favicons?" –  Pops Jul 23 '10 at 10:48
    
@Popular: It certainly won't work if there are dozens of sites in beta at the same time, but I doubt that many people will want to follow dozens of different beta sites anyway. As the older sites get their permanent icons chosen, their initials will be freed up for new beta sites to use. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 23 '10 at 11:17
    
@Popular how many can you get? ;) –  Corey Jul 23 '10 at 18:32
    
@Corey: I'm going to assume there's no larger resolution available than 640x360 even though I know there is, because it's more fun that way. GameFAQs, YouTube, facebook, twitter, Hotmail, Gmail, MSO, SO, SU, SF, A51, six SE sites (Web Apps, Webmasters, Photography, Food and Cooking, Gaming and... Persian IT?), Coding Horror, The Daily WTF, Wordpress, Chowhound, LJ, xkcd, eBay and PayPal. –  Pops Jul 23 '10 at 19:38
    
@Popular there's only 3 SE sites (2 per site, parent/meta), your list contains 2 of the 3. The Wordpress icon is just something that was never changed for a blog I read, and ...Chowhound? Never heard of it. –  Corey Jul 23 '10 at 19:45
    
Bookmarks: tinypic, photobucket, youtube, facebook, twitter, some IPB forum, GMail, MSO, SO, SU, SF, area51, beta sites, coding horror, TDWTF, some WordPress blog, TVTropes, xkcd, ebay, paypal –  Gelatin Aug 5 '10 at 19:30
    
Taskbar: Pidgin, Firefox, Skype, Windows notes, Paint –  Gelatin Aug 5 '10 at 19:31
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Per the /faq on each SE 2.0 public beta:

Why does this site look so “sketchy”?

This site was created through the open democratic process at Stack Exchange Area 51, and it is currently in beta. The site is still in the process of being defined and constructed, so a temporary placeholder design will be used until the site is fully formed and ready to leave beta. Once the site is no longer beta it will have a logo, domain, and design of the community's choice -- see our meta-discussion site if you have ideas or feedback!

Update: We now do custom sketchy letter icons for each site, like so:

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+1 (now) - Thanks for implementing this extremely welcome improvement despite not indicating your inclination do to so as per your initial answer, any comment or the status-planned tag ;) –  Steffen Opel Sep 23 '10 at 7:46
    
¡Gracias amigo! –  Greg Bray Sep 23 '10 at 19:15
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The favicon is being used not only by bookmarks, but also by browser extensions, the new StackExchange.com/sites, and many StackApps. With all of the smart people that are working on this I am sure they can come up with a way to differentiate the sites by using initials, colors, or unicorns. Even just feeding Beta@cooking.stackexchange.com through the Gravatar Identicons generator would be better than using the same icon for every beta site.

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