The "Computational Science" and "Computer Science" Stack Exchange sites have the same exact logo ("CS" in a blue speech balloon). Cryptography and Code Review do as well ("CR" in a blue speech balloon). This is bad for bookmarks, especially when one identifies them only by their logo. This should be remedied, especially since they cover similar topics.

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    How exactly would you recommend they be differentiated?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Apr 23, 2012 at 18:58
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    Specialize one or both of their logos? This could be as simple as changing the speech balloon's colors for one of them or as complex as having a unique non-balloon symbol that many sites here have (eg: programmers, math, and theoretical computer science sites) Apr 23, 2012 at 19:04
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    Only sites which are out of beta get a custom logo like that. It comes with the custom site design. I'm not sure how up-for-it they'd be about changing the color.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Apr 23, 2012 at 19:07
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    @animuson The problem here is that they are both "CS", changing the color in one could be a very easy solution to this...
    – yannis
    Apr 23, 2012 at 19:38
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    Might I suggest since "Computational Science" is actually scicomp.stackexchange.com it should use SC since no other Beta site is currently using it Apr 23, 2012 at 20:30
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    @ajax333221: Read the FAQ. Apr 23, 2012 at 22:33
  • I don't really care. If a moderator wants to move this, then fine. Any case, this is a defect. Apr 23, 2012 at 23:04
  • This is fine here; don't worry about it. MSO is actually a little broader than what the FAQ suggests, since it's a huge conglomeration of related things, and well, the FAQ shouldn't turn into a 30-minute read.
    – waiwai933
    Apr 23, 2012 at 23:10
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    @trinithis It would be preferable to ask questions regarding site specific issues on the site's Meta instead of MSO, but since this concerns two sites and it is an issue that needs SE's attention, it's perfectly on topic here (notice that there isn't any close votes, and a fair amount of upvotes, one user saying it's off topic doesn't make it so).
    – yannis
    Apr 23, 2012 at 23:11
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    @TheEstablishment I accept my error, I cleaned all my nonsenses. And I am not ashamed of proving to everybody that I am not perfect :)
    – ajax333221
    Apr 24, 2012 at 0:47
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    Cryptography.SE and Code-Review.SE also have the exact same logo
    – Ephraim
    Apr 24, 2012 at 4:07

3 Answers 3


Computational Science is now SC instead of CS.

SC 48 SC favicon Computational Science (a.k.a. scientific computing)

CS 48 CS favicon Computer Science

Cryptography is Cr while Code Review is CR. Unfortunately, cryptography's favicon is still inconsistent with the larger icons.

Cr 48 Cr favicon Cryptography

CR 48 CR favicon Code Review

  • It might also be worth pointing out that the Computational Science shortname is scicomp, which is also consistent with "SC". Naturally, I wondered why the long name was inconsistent, but found my answer after a few minutes on their Meta. Aug 19, 2013 at 10:18
  • Humble suggestion: Make Cryptography CY or something. Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10
  • @michaelb958 I've never seen cryptography abbreviated CY. Cr is more logical and common. Aug 19, 2013 at 15:39
  • @michaelb958 I know I'm a little late, but what about EN (for encryption) instead of Cr? Apr 28, 2015 at 2:28
  • @ASCIIThenANSI Uh? Cryptography is about cryptography, not just about encryption (like Stack Overflow is about programming, not about stack overflows), and it's called Cryptography, which doesn't even have E and N anywhere. It doesn't make any sense to abbreviate “cryptography” based on the word “encryption”. Apr 28, 2015 at 8:14
  • Just sayin': the images in this answer do not make a lot of sense, being that they show the current, graduated-site favicons (which are clearly different from each other), instead of the original beta favicons.
    – walen
    Mar 21, 2019 at 8:31

This will probably crop up more and more often as SE plods on. As Ephraim noted, Codereview and Cryptography also have the same logo.

Though out here, Cryptography is Cr, not CR(as per favicon). A similar thing with Economics (inconsistency, anyone?), and many other sites.

Stuff I can think of

Note that these sites are in beta for just a few months^6-8 weeks, then they get their own logos.

  • @PopularDemand: Oh, right.. The 90 days requirement is just part of the whole picture :/ Apr 24, 2012 at 4:56
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    +1 great answer, and Love the 6-8 week reference! Also I just realized the difference in CR and Cr on the sites page, however the favicons are both CR.
    – Ephraim
    Apr 24, 2012 at 15:46
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    @Ephraim that's what I meant when I said 'inconsistency'. Anyway, clarified. Thanks. Apr 24, 2012 at 15:46

This is no longer an issue. With the exception of Computational Science, each of these sites now has a unique logo.

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