I see the same problem has occurred in the past, the most-linked one being Wrong icons in the "hot network questions" column

Is this happening for anyone else?

I've marked the icons I could recognize as incorrect.

This exists on every page, is on both chrome and firefox (from Ubuntu 16.04), and persists after hard-refreshes in each.

Edit: The icons in Meta's Hot Network Questions tab appear to be consistently accurate. Every other page I checked (including Unix, Workplace, English Language & Usage, Money, and Sci-fi) have a handful of incorrect ones, even for some of the same questions that are displayed correctly in Meta.

Further note: if it matters, the icons are also incorrect in the drop down community-search feature on the right end of the header. Again, they appear correct on this Meta page, and incorrect on all other pages I've checked. Some of the ones that are consistently incorrect:

  • computational science
  • constructed languages
  • movies and TV
  • raspberri pi
  • rpg
  • russian language
  • science fiction and fantasy
  • sitecore
  • skeptics
  • super user
  • latex
  • workplace

That distribution seems skewed, but I may just be disproportionately familiar with the sites at the end of the alphabet. Many others could be wrong, those are just the ones I could recognize.

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Last edit: apparently my Google skills were lacking - this was asked an hour prior.

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    Wasn't that asked very recently? Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:22
  • @πάνταῥεῖ: I don't see a question about it on the "newest questions" list for the "bug" tag. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:24
  • @πάνταῥεῖ a google search of site:meta.stackexchange.com incorrect icons hot network questions doesn't turn up anything for the last six months Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:25
  • Seems fixed now, as far as I can tell. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:27
  • For me it's been correct on meta, but remains incorrect on other sites. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:29
  • Ah, yep, I see it too. The icons are still wrong on SO main. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:38
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    I think there's something wrong with the big image full of favicons. A bunch of them are out of order or missing. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:44
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    The ones I've listed as being wrong, are all only off by one in that list. I wonder why everything isn't shifted though Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:47
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    Also seen in the accounts list in the profile Activity page: i.sstatic.net/118ZA.png
    – muru
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 18:59
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    It also shows up in the site dropdown: i.sstatic.net/ypTR0.png
    – David K
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 19:42
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    Ah, there was a prior post about this, on SO's meta as opposed to SE meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/374126/…. This one has more details in body and comments, but given that it's a known and recurring problem, that probably doesn't matter. Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 20:35
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    We're renaming a site and changing its favicon and a couple of other sites' icons... messing with them always causes this for a few people. We're poking at it and it should be fixed soon.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 14, 2018 at 20:37
  • @Catija out of curiosity, which site?
    – muru
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 8:30
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    @muru Health to Medical Sciences.
    – Catija
    Commented Sep 15, 2018 at 12:50
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    @ShadowTheSpringWizard It's not worth anybody's time to chase down at the moment, given that this is something that (sometimes) happens and has a chance to even happen at all approximately a handful of times a year if I'm being generous. I do have the cache purge documented internally, so we can be more proactive about it in the future.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented May 17, 2023 at 21:38

1 Answer 1


Apparently we've been looking into this for a while now. :) But, the core problem remains the same - sometimes some CDN nodes end up caching an old image with the new cachebreaker and everything goes out of whack.

I'll see if we can dig more into it soonTM, but in the meantime, please feel free to blame caching. The problem should resolve itself one way or another in some time.

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    It's been like this for at least a week now... slightly maddening, really. HNQ sidebar is painful to try to skim when the icons are all completely wrong. Plenty of question titles need the context of the site they belong to in order to efficiently just parse the meaning of what's being asked.
    – J...
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 18:16
  • @J... Sorry about that. How about now? Are the icons still messed up?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 19:17
  • Nice, yes, it seems they're good now. Was only on SO and maybe a few other sites - others were ok but now everything seems in order. Thanks!
    – J...
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 19:43
  • @J... Glad to hear it!
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 19:45
  • Looks like this still happens. Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 21:03
  • @Adam, yes ^ but now they are missing for Firefox in North America but present everywhere for Chrome browser.
    – Rob
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 22:42
  • ... and fixed. Thanks, gremlins (or Adam).
    – Rob
    Commented Oct 24, 2020 at 17:00
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    @Rob nothing was ever really fixed. This keeps happening every time a new site is launched. Commented Jun 29, 2023 at 7:49

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