I opened up the site today and am seeing site favicons offset in a weird way:

Site favicons in dropdown list are offset

Is this just me? Or did something happen with the way the sprites are rendered?

The Featured sidebar is where I noticed this first:

Site sprites for Meta Stack Exchange are offset in the Feature sidebar

Using Chrome 103.0.5060.134 on Windows 10 on a corporate network.

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    Mechanics site theme was just launched a bit ago, so it may be related to that - checking. :) I see it in the site selector and in the HNQ list on the right rail.
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 16:28
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    +1 for having Stack Apps in "Your Communities"
    – rene
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 16:30
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    It's happening to me too on Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:103.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/103.0 Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 16:35
  • Same problem on ELU.
    – fev
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 16:42
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    The icons are all stored in one long thin image which is re-positioned in multiples of 16 pixels to bring each icon into a 16x16 space. However, the current version of that image is 7038 pixels high - which is not a multiple of 16! It is, however, a multiple of 17. I suspect a new icon was added that is 17x17 instead of 16x16, and the script generating the combined "spritemap" has padded all the others to match, throwing off all the offsets.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 16:45
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    Also happening in the HNQ sidebar. Gives some communities the wrong icons, the Unix site now has the Writing icon!
    – GammaGames
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 16:56
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    If I zoom in to 150%+ it fixes itself.
    – Warcupine
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 17:13
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    @Warcupine oh, above 150% it uses a different file: meta.stackexchange.com/Content/Img/…
    – Someone
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 17:16
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    To solve this, y'all get a Retina display ...
    – rene
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 17:27
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    @rene Ha, look at that. Drag the window to the high dpi display and it fixes itself. Drag it back and it breaks again.
    – 8bittree
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 17:30
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    Also works on Stack Overflow in dark mode. Suggested fix: launch dark mode network-wide ;-)
    – Ryan M
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 17:36
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    @Marijn That used to happen, yes - but we didn't add a new site this time. We think we've identified the issue and should hopefully have a fix out soon.
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 18:12
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    @JeffZeitlin Still? it should be fixed at this point. :)
    – Catija
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 20:07
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    I fail to understand what the edited clarification contributed to a perfectly comprehensible title. Why make a self explanatory title longer and clumsier? That the error was not caused by the addition of a new site should be in the answer, if indeed it was the culprit. I get that Catija's first comment suggested it might have been that. But when staff has explained what happened, fixed the error, that is the end of story. Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 7:11
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    If the reason was to prevent it from being closed as a duplicate, surely it would have been better to say so in a preface? And actually include the link to the older bug report. Commented Aug 11, 2022 at 7:15

1 Answer 1


Sorry about that! We're releasing new site themes (have you checked out Mechanics.SE and Datascience.SE lately?) and one of our themes had an issue while exporting our icons, they were exactly 1px wider than they should be for light themes.

We've now pushed properly sized icons!

Appreciate the fast reporting.


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