In the linked/related questions sidebar, there is an icon inconsistency. Questions with an accepted answer have a (green) hexagonal icon, and questions without an accepted answer have a (grey) rectangular icon. Is this a bug?

Example screenshot

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    It doesn’t show on any of the other network sites, but I think it must be intentional, since it shows up on old pages in the Wayback Machine. – Adamant May 31 '17 at 21:36
  • It's so you know which have accepted answers and which don't – Edlothiad May 31 '17 at 22:43
  • Is this just asking why one has a shape and one doesn't (or is defaultish)? I never really thought much of it, to be honest, since the function was clear. – Radhil May 31 '17 at 22:54
  • Why not ask Jin, who I believe was in charge of most of the site design? – Adamant Jun 1 '17 at 5:24
  • That's our custom design. That's how accepted answers show up on SFF. That it shows if the answer is accepted with the green thing is universal. – Mithical Jun 1 '17 at 7:02
  • I've actually seen some sites on the network (if I remember correctly) that have the same icon for questions with accepted answers and without accepted answers. They look bland and confusing. – Gallifreyan Jun 1 '17 at 9:43

This is (I think)

From the source of the webpage, we see that the accepted answer divs have the class

<div class="answer-votes answered-accepted default">8</div>

If one looks more closely at the image which is used as the background image for the class answered-accepted we find that it is the following:

Hexagon accepted answer image

Those on other sites do not have the hexagons, (at least not on Maths.SE) which may be to give a futuristic look to our site. As we are SFF.SE after all and sci-fi is a major part of our agenda.

The non-accepted answers have the class

<div class="answer-votes default">5</div>

With no background image.

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  • Why do these source code lines make you think the shape difference is intentional? Wouldn't it also be possible (and probably more likely) that whoever implemented the hexagon simply overlooked the fact that a green and grey version was needed? – MaxD Jun 1 '17 at 0:21
  • No, because otherwise why would the hexagons be attributed to the answered-accepted class and not just the default class or the answer-votes class. – Edlothiad Jun 1 '17 at 0:23

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