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 11:30 pm on Jul 7, 2014 (gmt 0)

Awright, what gives? In some but not all subforums, some but not all browsers, I'm seeing a completely different favicon.

Anyone else?



 12:37 am on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.


 1:57 am on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)



 2:52 pm on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

I miss the little man!


 6:29 pm on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Is that what the brown icon was supposed to be? I couldn't figure out the new one until I opened the file in another program and zoomed massively. Now it can't be unseen-- but initially all I saw was inexplicable blobs.

The one nice thing about the eighty-three varieties of apple-touch-icon is that they're big enough* that you really can make a recognizable picture.

* How big seems to vary by year. I found one site that had "144x144" crossed out -- I mean, literally strikethrough -- and replaced with "152x152". And let's not even get into "precomposed" ...


 11:19 pm on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

The old icon was from BeOS:



 7:55 am on Jul 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

Little changes seen and unseen, little by little every day. I hope you can work out that it's world map.

Robert Charlton

 4:56 pm on Jul 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

I hope you can work out that it's world map.

Neil, you've spoiled the puzzle now by telling us what it is ;) ...but thanks for the clue and thanks for the changes.

It's amazing how accustomed I'd gotten to the old brown favicon that I saw as often as I did (the little man with a tin-foil hat growing out of his ear?), so I'm still looking for the same color-smear when I've got a lot of tabs open, but I know I'll get used to it.

There are more important changes too, which I leave for you to tell us about, and many thanks for those as well.


 7:40 pm on Jul 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

I hope you can work out that it's { spoiler }.

I couldn't initially, and had to download the file (yes, by navigating to webmasterworld.com/favicon.ico) and open it in an application that allowed zooming. At around 500% I finally saw "Oh, is that what it's supposed to be!"

Now, me, I'd have made a bitmap by hand rather than anti-aliasing a larger image, but that's me ;)

the little man with a tin-foil hat growing out of his ear?

A very useful fixture, though I never understood why it was brown. Seems like it should have been greyscale.

Most of the time when a site changes its favicon, I like the old one better. (I do hope this doesn't apply to me, because I've changed my own at least twice :()

Robert Charlton

 8:29 am on Jul 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

I'm seeing the old brown favicon back again!

Robert Charlton

 10:31 am on Jul 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

Seems like the favicons are changing back and forth... dark blue during the day, brown with the tinfoil hat in his ear late at night. Maybe they're being A-B tested.

One of the important things about a favicon, IMO, is that it stand out from other favicons in a row of tabs. Familiarity most definitely helps. For these reasons, I'm growing to like the old brown one more, even though a blue map of the world may make more sense.

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