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PeterVandivier
I only just now figured out that the top right nav bar is... well... a nav bar. 

Of course now I've also noticed that it gets filled with "gravatar" style icons for question-rooms I'm participating in and I can fast-navigate. 

Here's the one for _this very question_:

![roomicon.png](/image?hash=f23bad3ee56e94922e34e1f534235cd5550a8c18595fac53189628a49fa0a0f2)

Sadly though, only the "room"-rooms have friendly icons and the questions are auto-generated. Would it be pragmatic to add a "custom icon" option for questions to make them more distinctive in the nav bar? 

To also head off the conversation around certain obvious compelling truths about why this might be a bad idea here's an ["LMGTFY" for free icon libs][1] (although I imagine the one with the best API would be the winner).

[1]: https://www.google.com/search?q=free+thumbnail+icon+library:
Top Answer
Jack Douglas
> Would it be pragmatic to add a "custom icon" option for questions to make them more distinctive in the nav bar?

They already do!

If you find the right room :). I've added icons to a few — basically those I expect will get chat traffic for years rather than days/weeks:

* https://topanswers.xyz/meta?q=1  
* https://topanswers.xyz/databases?q=30

Feel free to post suggestions for other long-lived question rooms (like this one?) as answers here — I've subscribed to this question so I should see them.
Answer #2
Caleb
I'm not sure this is a good idea. Already the "real rooms" (top level room(s) belonging to sites) are being drowned out in the bar by the somewhat less important and transient question rooms. I would almost argue that all question rooms should just have a solid color (matching their parent site theme) with no icons at all, or that the identicon should be dimmed out or tinted or something so than the rooms with _REAL_ icons stand out more.
Custom question room avatars
Jack Douglas
…and we've gone a couple of pigeon steps further — removing the background shade (no longer needed really as the icons have a community colour now — and we presumably know which communities the rooms with custom icons are in), and adding a margin round the generated icons (which has the effect of making them smaller).
Jack Douglas
and the 'real' rooms do stand out more, though perhaps still not enough
Jack Douglas
We haven't quite gone as far as "just have a solid color" but they look a lot more muted now they only have the community colour instead of a random shade
Jack Douglas
@Caleb "I would almost argue that all question rooms should just have a solid color … or tinted or something so than the rooms with REAL icons stand out more." I've really come round to this way of thinking.
PeterVandivier
linking the resulting [feature request](https://topanswers.xyz/meta?q=566#question) here for posterity
PeterVandivier replying to Jack Douglas
i will do for the form of it (and so others can voice support/opposition on a dedicated thread) but tbh i'm kind of thinking of a more general case (and like... certain to be back-burner'd into oblivion) feature request that would solve that and a few other nuggets i've been pondering
Jack Douglas
you are welcome to post a feature request for that, but I fear it might not get a lot of support
Jack Douglas
I think most new visitors would wonder what they meant
Jack Douglas
I get it now
Jack Douglas replying to PeterVandivier
oooooooh
PeterVandivier replying to Jack Douglas
bump reply, sry
PeterVandivier
![Screenshot 2020-01-14 at 11.58.26 (1).png](/image?hash=d666554d0dc5210dc8497e7a5e2a522cd375806ebc31ce0ee1509debba3bb02e)
PeterVandivier
https://jspaint.app/#local:c6c6b948491ab
PeterVandivier
10 sec, mocking up a screencap
PeterVandivier
no, i mean exposing the roomicon for the root post/"question" on the main list view.
Jack Douglas
We would have to stop using the standard `select` control for that: https://stackoverflow.com/a/2966006
Jack Douglas replying to PeterVandivier
you mean to the drop down?
PeterVandivier
still not quite grokked all the chat it would seem -_-
PeterVandivier replying to Jack Douglas
bump cause i didn't properly @ you for ☝️
PeterVandivier
bump cause i didn't properly @ you for ☝️
PeterVandivier
@Jack - what about adding roomicon thumbnails to the list view? too much clutter?
Jack Douglas replying to PeterVandivier
an algorithm isn't going to be able to choose an appropriate icon for the room, so the whole process might as well remain manual. I don't think it's going to be used often…
PeterVandivier
i feel like a fully detached algorithm is likely just a recipe for people whinging at you/other site devs that it's "unbalanced"/"not fair"/etc. certainly introducing community agency doesn't obviate that risk entirely, but it does provide... well... community agency. so... maybe it's worth a think?
PeterVandivier
maybe you could "wager" rep on promotion of a room and if other users agree they could support the promotion with rep of their own?  🤔 
PeterVandivier
that being said... i have no idea how such an algorithm would evaluate :-/ perhaps another idea would be to "spend" rep on promotion of a room to "custom avatar" status? feels appropriately decentralised but idk if it's really a productive suggestion (just rubber ducking really)
PeterVandivier
@Jack which rooms warrant "promotion" to semi-permanent status seems like a non-trivial question to me. as reluctant as i am to walk back my proposal and agree with Caleb, my instinct is to suggest that there's a objective process to do this (rather than obliging mods/other humans to perform the task). 
Caleb replying to Jack Douglas
Thanks, but the combination of room list and unread messages is useful, and differentiating between main rooms and Q rooms there is helpful.
Jack Douglas
@Caleb note that you can always find 'real' rooms the long way: (1) select the community from the drop-down in the main header, and (2) select the room from the drop-down in the chat footer.
Monica
I wouldn't want all the question rooms to look the same, but some visual distinction between question rooms and perma-rooms would be helpful.  That could be dimming, outlining the perma-ones in a contrasting color, or something else.
Caleb replying to PeterVandivier
At the moment that might be true, but I'd be interested to hear if you participate over the course of just a  week or so and don't end up in the same boat. Given that it's not just the question poster but anybody who has interacted with it (answered, chatted, flagged, etc.) that will be collecting room icons, even moderately light users are going to collect a large column of icons.
PeterVandivier
@Caleb as one of the more prolific question-askers, i think you might be on an end of the bell curve for number of roomicons fighting for space in your nav bar :P