In the Stack Exchange Data Explorer, the icon color for the various sites *seems** incorrect: Whenever I select a main site, the icon is greyed out, and when ever I select the corresponding meta site, the icon is colored.

My initial instinct was to think that the colors of the main/meta sites following the "Switch sites:" prompt should be switched. (Actually, it seems like it's just a UI thing. See the edit below.)

*Edit: Actually, the colors are technically not incorrect, since (as Jeremy Banks has pointed out) the icon shows "the other" site of the main/meta pair, and clicking on it is for switching to the respective other site. See the comment thread for some UI improvement ideas.

  • Where are you selecting them? The colors all appear to be correct for me. – animuson Feb 27 '13 at 20:15
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    The icon beside "switch sites" isn't the currently-selected site, it's a shortcut to switch between a site and its meta-site. This has confused me many times, too. The interface could probably do with a tweak. – Jeremy Banks Feb 27 '13 at 20:16
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    @JeremyBanks I see. Two suggestions for a remedy / improvement: 1. Changing the text to "Switch between meta and main:" or "Switch to [corresponding] meta:"/"Switch to [corresponding] main:". 2. Switching the order of the icon and the "Switch sites:" text (and recoloring the icon to show the current site) might be very useful. Because this is confusing, even though one can argue that it's "technically" not wrong right now. – Lover of Structure Feb 27 '13 at 20:18
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    Displaying both main and meta site icons side-by-side might avoid confusion. – user213400 Feb 27 '13 at 20:20
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    That has confused me many times too. – bfavaretto Feb 27 '13 at 20:31
  • I was going to make the same question, and I saw yours (thought it was not possible that nobody had not seen this...:) ). I upvoted the question and all the comments (except the first one). It is really confusing the way it is. – Andre Silva Aug 5 '13 at 21:10

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