My question is related to New top bar is coming to the Stack Exchange network and also mentioned in the heading, Clickable Stack Exchange logo. The SE logo, which is now on the left-hand side, was light blue on every site I visited yesterday.

While the logo on IPS (Interpersonal Skills) has not changed colour,

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on EL&U (English Language & Usage) it is an ominous red colour when I visited the site today

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It's creepy, and I admit, it's freaking me out. Is this a feature? What does it mean? Is it a bug?

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Thanks for reporting. I have pushed a fix internally, and now waiting for the next build for the fix to be published across the network.

Should be in couple hours.

  • in "repo" what's that? So, it's a feature by design? Is it? Well, I don't like it, it looks like something from a horror movie. It's creepy! :( Oct 11, 2017 at 7:14
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    @Mari-LouA sorry, I wasn't clear enough: it is now fixed in our development environment so you should be able to see normal colors for logo in couple hours (it usually takes some time before change is visible on site).
    – Paweł
    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:20
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    @Mari-LouA I took the liberty to edit and explain this better for non programmers. Oct 11, 2017 at 7:20
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    So, the colors will be gone after few hours?
    – Nog Shine
    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:22
  • @Sinister correct.
    – Paweł
    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:22
  • @Paweł just curious, what caused this? Oct 11, 2017 at 7:23
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    @ShaWizDowArd SVG inherited color of a parent element. We have special helper for inserting SVGs into our code. Usually those SVGs are black, and color is defined by CSS (useful for glyph icons). In some cases, SVGs have native colors (like SE logo) and we don't want them to inherit parent element's color. So we have special modifier for our helper to use SVG's native colors – and that was missing for some reason.
    – Paweł
    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:27
  • @Paweł When Role-playing Games loaded up with an orange logo this morning I thought it was a Halloween thing. :) Oct 11, 2017 at 8:14
  • I don't understand which part was a bug and which was by design. Is the whole idea of making the color change on hover a bug? Or is it supposed to change color and the bug was in the implementation? Does this bug report also cover this one? Or are there separate issues?
    – terdon
    Oct 11, 2017 at 8:25
  • @doppelgreener odd, I'm getting a 503 on that image link (but not on other images on i.stack.imgur).
    – muru
    Oct 11, 2017 at 8:28
  • "in the repo" - shockingly SE dosen't develop on a live webpage <s> - they push code to a repository (like git), then push to a test instance, then here... With lots of moving bits in between ;) Oct 12, 2017 at 3:39
  • @JourneymanGeek i just use notepad.exe for editing files and upload them via FTP Total Commander.
    – Paweł
    Oct 12, 2017 at 7:41
  • ... hardcore. To production? ;p Oct 12, 2017 at 7:42
  • Aww that red color was nice Oct 15, 2017 at 11:03
  • @JourneymanGeek hardcore would be editing the files with notepad on the production server. That is also much quicker as you skip the FTP step ...
    – rene
    Oct 20, 2017 at 20:36

The Stack Exchange logo is a link, and without a color of its own, it gets the link color as defined for each site.

The fixed color that was defined for the logo in the beginning has been removed, so that's why we see the default link color. For example here it's blue, on gaming.SE it's dark blue, and on EL&U the color of the links is the red you see.

I do agree it's weird, and better give different color to the logo, but this might as well be by design.

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    It was not red on EL&U yesterday. Was it? I'm sure I would have noticed. Oct 11, 2017 at 6:45
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    @Mari-LouA nope. Changed just now after the recent outage.
    – muru
    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:47
  • In The Workplace, by the default the SE logo colour is blue and when we hover over it is red, it purely based on that site's logo.
    – Arulkumar
    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:47
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    "By design" seems a bit strong here. I'll ping folks internally to see if it actually is.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:51
  • Super User is an odd discordant shade of green. Oct 11, 2017 at 6:52
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    They're using the link-color from the site's theme. But they're doing it in a bar that's the same background color across every site, and that's purporting to be the new top bar for all sites. So not only is it pulling a link color that was designed to work as part of a palette other than where it's being used for this, they're breaking the whole "this is the top bar for the whole network" thing to do so.
    – nitsua60
    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:54
  • @Adam thanks, edited. Still, feels like this was done on purpose. Oct 11, 2017 at 6:54
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    Nope, it wasn't done on purpose – it's a bug. Fixing right now.
    – Paweł
    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:00
  • @Paweł I keep receiving notifications every time a user posts a comment on Sha Wiz's answer. TBC not under my question. Is this by design or a separate bug? Oct 11, 2017 at 7:03
  • @Mari separate bug. But are you sure? Can you post a screenshot first? You should get notification for muru's comment since he pinged you, but not for others. Oct 11, 2017 at 7:11
  • Now I got notified because you pinged me that makes sense. But when different users were posting comments to you, I also received a notification. Oct 11, 2017 at 7:13
  • @Mari-LouA should not happen, if you take screenshot of your notifications which include comments you shouldn't be notified for (e.g. Arulkumar's, Adam's, etc comments) you can start a new bug report. Oct 11, 2017 at 7:22
  • Could you try posting a comment without using my username, because I can't take a screenshot until then. Oct 11, 2017 at 7:30
  • Testing a comment without pinging She Who Must Not Be Pinged.
    – muru
    Oct 11, 2017 at 7:51
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    @muru no, I wasn't pinged. I just happened to check back. Weird, but I was definitely notified previously. Thanks for test driving my observation. I guess there is no bug. Oct 11, 2017 at 8:18

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