I've been participating in SE for a while -- particularly in beta sites. I have an account on three and I checked my account page today. I did a double take upon seeing no distinguishing white letter on any of the favicon's for the beta sites as there always have been. Were they recently removed or did I just find the bug of the day?

Accounts section

It's also missing from the Stack Exchange Dropdown:

Stack Exchange Dropdown

All the icons link to a single icon rather than site-specific icons:

The Icon, Dun Dun Dun

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    Repro in Chrome latest stable. "Favicon.ico" does work on these sites, but they don't show up right in the profile images
    – Ben Brocka
    Aug 3 '12 at 18:05
  • @BenBrocka So it is a bug? Aug 3 '12 at 18:08
  • Must be, I doubt they'd remove the only visible trace of site branding, and if they did they wouldn't only do it in one place; best I can tell these work everywhere but on the profile page.
    – Ben Brocka
    Aug 3 '12 at 18:09
  • It seems every beta site on the network was just graduated. Congratulations to all! Aug 6 '12 at 5:32
  • Seems fine to me now.. Luke you still see this problem? Aug 6 '12 at 6:22
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    @ShaWizDowArd are you looking at the icons in the profile? They're still bugged for me in Firefox and Chrome
    – Ben Brocka
    Aug 6 '12 at 11:28
  • @Ben good catch, lol.. from quick look with the dev tools it appears like innocent mistake - they are using the generic blank icon cdn.sstatic.net/beta/img/favicon.ico for all beta sites instead of the proper icon e.g. cdn.sstatic.net/music/img/favicon.ico Aug 6 '12 at 11:42
  • @BenBrocka How long does it usually take these type of things to be fixed? Aug 6 '12 at 21:26
  • Depends who sees it/who has to fix it. If Jin (SE's designer) has to fix it, it might be a while, I think he's crazy busy at the moment. Don't think he'd need to be involved though, the icons are probably just pulling the wrong files or something
    – Ben Brocka
    Aug 6 '12 at 21:32

Oops. I centralized all the code where we decide where to pull a favicon from with a few benefits:

  • Less of that same. damn. code. everywhere.
  • Every reference is now the CDN instead of site.com/favicon.ico (which ended up being a 302 to the CDN anyway)
  • Every reference being the CDN is the same as the in-page <link rel="shortcut icon"> element, which means you already have that file for the sites you frequent.

However, beta sites are a tad bit different, they share images so pulling the favicon.ico Url from that path as a base was incorrect...it should be the site's root content path and the img/favicon.ico beneath that. This will be corrected in the next build rolling out right now.


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