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I am preparing an answer for a question today and then the post is closed as dupe. So, I saw the yellow banner at the top(as usual) but with a special kind of icon.

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If you want a close look

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It is clear that the button is there to close the banner (the tooltip also states that).

I expect a close icon X or something similar. But this thing doesn't make sense.

Please change it.

Chrome/61.0.3163.100 on windows 10

Update

This is how it looks in Stack Overflow

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    Don't be silly. That clearly is an ... an ... just pretend it is an X, Ok? Just like we have to pretend certain icons depict a review queue ... – rene Oct 18 '17 at 7:31
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    Well, it's not part of the sprites... – ShaWiz Oct 18 '17 at 7:38
  • @ShadowWizard I think it is some custom svg like the ones they are using for top bar icons – Optimus Prime Oct 18 '17 at 7:40
  • Hard to believe they'll spend time creating special SVG for something so rarely used. But... who knows. When you next see it, inspect the element and we'll know for sure. – ShaWiz Oct 18 '17 at 7:44
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    To me: It looks like a piece of the Stack Exchange logo. Not sure. – Henry WH Hack v2.1.3 Oct 18 '17 at 7:49
  • @HenryWHHackv2.1 for me too but can't confirm – Optimus Prime Oct 18 '17 at 7:52
  • @ShadowWizard if you dupehammer this one to some other question, I can test it now – Optimus Prime Oct 18 '17 at 7:52
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    Nah, better not use the hammer for such tests. Best is wait for off topic question here to appear, and wait until it's closed. – ShaWiz Oct 18 '17 at 7:54
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    Completely unrelated to the problem, but please use PNG for screenshots. At least I assume you're not using a 256-color screen any more, so saving a screenshot as a GIF is unavoidably lossy. Thanks. :) – Ilmari Karonen Oct 18 '17 at 7:56
  • "this question has sailed away from answerers" – gnat Oct 18 '17 at 8:44
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    Confirmed. StackExchange.notify.show("Consider yourself notified", 42) in the console to reproduce. – balpha Oct 18 '17 at 8:48
  • @balpha I think it is the top left corner of MSE logo as said by Henry – Optimus Prime Oct 18 '17 at 8:53
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    Fun fact, this has been broken since early 2015. – balpha Oct 18 '17 at 8:59
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    @JourneymanGeek Someone has. So much for "can no longer be reproduced"... – Inquisitive Lurker Oct 18 '17 at 9:09
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    The answer by Arulkumar made them vote to close it as no repro. as I said in this question, it happens only in MSE. but in that answer, Arul kumar tested in SO. /cc @InquisitiveLurker – Optimus Prime Oct 18 '17 at 9:12
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Fixed in the next build, thanks.

This has been broken for over two and a half years – the close button had the sprite sheet as its background image (a leftover from long ago), but no background-position set because it wasn't actually meant to be sprited anymore.

Which means that the "×" always had the top-left corner of the sprite sheet in the background. The sprite sheet is different per-site, and on most sites, there's nothing in the top left corner – but on some, as you found, there is.

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