yegg
Here's something I just thought of :). Now that the favicons appear much more, it is sort of obvious when they don't appear. It might be nice to have a very subtle default favicon so everything appears like it lines up. Any ideas?

One idea I think is interesting is the chrome default for when an image breaks.

To see that, open chrome and go to http://duckduckgo.com/Test_(assessment) -- the third and fifth links down appear as subtle squares (at least on my browser).
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 7 months ago Link

anonymous
A subtle square or generic document icon (blank sheet of paper, like this: ) would work, I think.
posted by [Old Forum mrmagical] • 7 years and 7 months ago Link
yegg
You can see what that looks like right now on http://tmbg.duckduckgo.com -- seems a bit too distracting to me, and document may imply more of a document than a Web page. Something more subtle/less specific/more generic?
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
It's easy to use an icon with less contrast:
Both Firefox and Chrome use this kind of icon for sites without a favicon.
A sheet of paper is also commonly used as an icon for unidentified file types.

A globe is often used to symbolise the Internet and could be used by itself or with the document base:
   

One could use a chains or something which looks a bit like a webpage , but that would feel... weird?

A simple square would be fine, too.

Of course there could be better ideas, these are just some quick thoughts.
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 7 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Hahaha, oh wow. It logged me out while I was typing.
posted by [Old Forum mrmagical] • 7 years and 7 months ago Link
yegg
The light contrast ones seem to work the best. I have it up on tmbg right now. Let me know if you want me to try anything else.
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
It's better than the icon with more contrast or no icon at all.
It doesn't draw too much attention and says nothing more than 'this is a link without a real favicon'.

And uh, the icon is stolen from the Fugue set (I just picked it because I have a copy of the whole set uploaded) which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.

I could just draw a custom one to avoid having to put a link back (after all, it's just a sheet of paper).
posted by [Old Forum mrmagical] • 7 years and 7 months ago Link
yegg
Cool--I think it is worth experimenting with on on the live site. 
posted by yegg Staff7 years and 7 months ago Link