So now currently the favorite button looks like:

But previously, it looks little bigger, and contains a border for the star, did stack exchange update it?

I think it looks better before, would we change it back? :-)

Also some other features has been updated.

So my questions are:

Why did the favorite button became little different and smaller?

Why did they update the features again, why do they need to?

2 Answers 2


To be more specific, the favorite button is now smaller due to the adoption of universal theming and the Stacks design system.

The whole voting sidebar is now a flex-box column of buttons and the voting/ favorite icons were converted from a sprite to SVG.

For more information, see Keyboard-only users cannot upvote/downvote posts or comments.

  • Nice one too. good one :-) !!! Dec 21, 2018 at 3:34
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    @U9-Forward No problem, I just happen to come across that announcement.
    – Panda
    Dec 21, 2018 at 3:35
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    Lol, thanks tho :-) i created my MSE account. Dec 21, 2018 at 3:35

The favorite button became smaller because the theme was updated and it got changed.

The theme got changed because it hasn't been in a while, and it was starting to look kinda old, so it got updated.

Whether it looks better now or before is a matter of opinion. I definitely prefer it this way, though.

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    The theme got changed because it hasn't been in a while ... this would be the most weird reason to revise anything.
    – rene
    Dec 21, 2018 at 7:55

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