This was originally noticed and fixed back around the beginning of July. As of August 1, this problem seems to have returned.

New bug report is here: Single site SE flair not displaying the correct icon

I just happened to notice that my SO flair has some sort of a B icon right before my username (instead of the expected site icon)

Snapshot of the unknown icon:

My flair with an unknown icon

My current (live) flair for monitoring:
profile for jcsanyi at Stack Overflow, Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers

It currently showing up like this for all users on all sites, but not on Combined or Meta flairs. For example Jon Skeet flair on programmers:

Live flair:

  • 8
    B for brilliant.
    – Bart
    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:03
  • Actually - that's where the site icon is supposed to go, right?
    – jcsanyi
    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:15
  • 2
    Yeah. That's the Bicycles icon in the old beta theme (Sketchy) Jul 3, 2013 at 7:15
  • Now that's a flattering comparison - and thanks to the icon, you can't even see that they're different sites. :)
    – jcsanyi
    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:31
  • Cheers, we are all equal in the eyes of the Flair! :-P Jul 3, 2013 at 7:41
  • +1 I was busy writing the same question... Jul 3, 2013 at 8:00
  • Should we start a pool on who's responsible? Was it "The Slash"?
    – jcsanyi
    Jul 3, 2013 at 8:22
  • 2
    A pool? That's so last century @jcsanyi. We have the wheel of blame jsfiddle.net/yijiang/AYPpF/24/embedded/result
    – Bart
    Jul 3, 2013 at 8:26
  • @jcsanyi Not exactly, but very close.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Jul 3, 2013 at 9:08
  • 2
    What site are you on where Skeet only has 2.5 k?
    – Cole Tobin
    Aug 2, 2013 at 2:14
  • @animuson In cases like this please don't remove the status-completed tag. If the bug (or one that looks similar) reappears, it should get a new bug report.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Aug 2, 2013 at 5:28

1 Answer 1


This was another fallout from the beginning SSL move. Fixed now.

Since flair is heavily cached, this won't be autocorrected until the wrongly rendered image is dropped from the cache, which can take up to 24 hours. And I don't want to wipe the full cache all at once, because that may become a bit overwhelming for our servers. But so you don't have to wait until then, I've added a temporary way for users to clear the cached image:

If you prepend ?nocache=true to the flair image URL, it will regenerate the correct flair. This only works on your own flair, and it will only work once, so don't bother building a script to give you real-time updating flair :)

Sorry about that bug.

  • I used the nocache flag to refresh my flair this morning, and it seemed to work - but checking again a couple hours later, it looks like it's back to the B icon again.
    – jcsanyi
    Jul 3, 2013 at 18:37
  • It looks like the nocache flag didn't work as expected - but once the cache actually expired properly, everything's back to normal.
    – jcsanyi
    Jul 4, 2013 at 18:18
  • 7
    It's back in full B-force. Aug 1, 2013 at 23:35
  • 1
    How do we deal with recurring bugs like this? Is it possible to remove the status-completed tag? or does that require a moderator/developer?
    – jcsanyi
    Aug 2, 2013 at 0:23
  • @jcsanyi that's a new meta question. It isn't possible anyway, I tried.
    – yair
    Aug 2, 2013 at 0:36
  • @jcsanyi but maybe we could add a new tag status-reopened?
    – yair
    Aug 2, 2013 at 0:37
  • @jcsanyi I guess someone with 500 rep can do that... (but who?)
    – yair
    Aug 2, 2013 at 0:39
  • @jcsanyi When the bug was clearly fixed previously and unless the bug reappears after a very short time (in other words: the fix wasn't quite right), post a new bug report.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Aug 2, 2013 at 5:32
  • @balpha the new report is here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/191513/…
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 2, 2013 at 5:43
  • @balpha Got it. Thanks.
    – jcsanyi
    Aug 2, 2013 at 6:13

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