Don't get me wrong, but I'm getting slightly annoyed by the tiny Google+ icon right below the voting controls, in the er... social bar. The size is OK, but the color... well:

The icon

I swear, at first I thought it was a bounty added to the question. We are used to see red elements as important stuff, but I don't know, the G+ color is quite distracting.

Both Facebook and Twitter icons have light colors, almost as if blending to the background. But the G+ one is certainly drawing my attention. It's screaming "look at me look at me!" :)

I'd like to suggest to lighten up the icon a little, like the following image:

Color

It looks more discreet to me.

Sorry for the rant. It's the red color effect. :)

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It seems that the state of your request is "status-declined": meta.stackexchange.com/questions/120436/… –  lockstep Jan 27 '12 at 20:18
    
@lockstep: wow, you are fast! :) Maybe @Jin could lighten up the Google+ icon for us; the other icon blend nicely. –  Paulo Cereda Jan 27 '12 at 20:26
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Indeed, the red icon is too eye-catching! Having it a little less red would be better. Ironically I was the guy which requested it (however, not in any specific color). –  Martin Scharrer Jan 27 '12 at 21:33
    
Well, but perhaps it will persuade Jin & Co that requests are coming from various sites all over the network. I entirely share your resentment against the color. –  doncherry Jan 28 '12 at 9:39
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@Martin: the Google+ icon is a very good idea! :) Maybe the current icon would look better on a dark theme based SE site, like Gaming. :) –  Paulo Cereda Jan 28 '12 at 9:54
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@doncherry: I think the color change is doable. :) I removed my other suggestion of moving the social bar elsewhere, so Jeff won't kill me. :) –  Paulo Cereda Jan 28 '12 at 9:57
    
Sorry about all the confusion. :) As you can see, we spoke directly with our designer. I hope you're all happy with the result. :D –  Aarthi Feb 2 '12 at 15:58
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up vote 18 down vote accepted

I have desaturated the red in G+ by 30%. It will be in the next production build. (you may have to do a hard refresh).

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Thank you (and some filler). –  Loop Space Feb 1 '12 at 22:23
    
For anyone wondering why it was desaturated rather than lightened, see meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/2216/…. –  N.N. Feb 3 '12 at 18:38
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Another option is to use an ad-filtering browser plugin and flag the offending icon as an ad. Then you don't have to look at anything you find too overtly attention-seeking.

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Good idea! I've never thought of that. :) –  Paulo Cereda Jan 31 '12 at 8:32
    
This worked great at first, but now the horizontal rules for the main navigation bar won't load. –  Audrey Feb 1 '12 at 20:28
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What about "inverting" it? A quick mockup: enter image description here

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