I noticed the change of the favicon and saw it confirmed in this question:
Seeing the old/new designs, I feel a bit uneasy, but I acknowledge that this might be the fear of change inside all of us. However, I do have concerns regarding the smaller version; it really feels like trying to cram too many bars together, whether the old version just reduced the number of bars so they looked nicer. A comparison:
32x32: old , new
16x16: old , new
Do you agree that the new, smaller version looks too tiny and a mechanism similar to the old one would be better?
Meta-meta question: should I ask this question at graphicdesign.stackexchange.com?