Here is my “Hotdog” themed flair:

Hotdog flair

Notice that the Stack Overflow logo is almost invisible. Is this a bug or by design?

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    An oversight, I'd say. The new logo and the old design clash rather violently. Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 11:26
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    I always thought the Hotdog theme was meant to clash with everything.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 11:34
  • I wonder, how did it look like before the icon change of Stack Overflow? Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 10:33
  • @ShadowWizard here is how it looked before Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 11:16
  • @HackerKarma so this issue was there all along, wonder why reported only now... Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 11:23
  • @ShadowWizard yes, I knew it (many others probably)... it just a ignorance and partly due to we know why... but now that it's raised I wonder how can it be solved without changing the logo Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 11:31

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I've implemented Ilmari Karonen's suggestion because it's the easiest to implement without extensive code changes: you just draw a rect of the same placement as the icon before drawing the icon. This only applies for Stack Overflow, and only for the hotdog theme.

It will be deployed in build 2870 for Stack Overflow, and build 3032 for SE.com (for network flair).

Site flair Network flair

(Our internal dev instance is based on an old snapshot of Stack Overflow, which is why my rep is about 10k less than it actually is.)

  • Sorry, but I find it worse than what we had before. That yellow background is just too... intrusive. (Wish I had a better suggestion, but I'm not a designer :)) Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 6:18
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    @ShadowWizard You do realise that hotdog is meant to be a "kitschy" design, right? Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 6:26
  • Yes, but still... even for a "kitschy" design, it just feels wrong in my eyes. Nothing personal! :-) Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 6:30
  • So... the yellow is sauce? Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 7:10
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    @United It's supposed to be reminiscent of mustard, but see also: blog.codinghorror.com/… Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 7:17

Or just kill the hot dog theme. It was only funny for 2 seconds.


Suggestion: use a bright yellow background for the site logo, like this:

hotdog style stack overflow flair with yellow logo background

The yellow is close enough in luminance to white that most site logos should be recognizable on it (the new SO logo is probably close to the worst case — it's not exactly high-contrast even on white), yet it still looks appropriately garish for the hotdog theme. ;-)


Another possible solution is to do something like this:

Other flair option

This is the Meta logo with colors inverted.

If the user wants a meta flair, the site logo could have:


to the left (in yellow of course).

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