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When does a question icon switch from having a white background to having a green background? Some of the questions I have answered have white background icons and others have green, it seems that green is better than white. How is that determined? Icons are on the left.

This is not only when the answer is accepted. For example, from my home page Left icon when answer accepted, what about on the right?

Note the two entries for On round robin $R^2$ values for three methods On the left it has a green box with a one in it, on the right it has a grey box with a 5+ in it.

I am guessing that this latter, right sided grey, or "off white" converts to green when someone marks the question as a favorite, is that so? Maybe try it, and see?

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you explain what you mean by "question icon"? (Do you see any green backgrounds when you click on the unanswered questions link?) $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 18:01
  • $\begingroup$ No, but they are not shown as icons in the unanswered context. Just as a number of people who like/dislike that question. See icons above that appear in the related category or on the users home page. $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ It indicates a question for which one of the answers has been accepted by the original poster. $\endgroup$
    – cardinal
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 19:52
  • $\begingroup$ @cardinal For the questions on the left in the second figure above, I think you are correct, but that is not the whole story, see new text. $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 20:24
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    $\begingroup$ Does your question boil down to "why does the same question ('On round robin...') have a green box under 'Questions' but a white box under 'Reputation' " ? $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 21:42
  • $\begingroup$ I would like to know that, yes. $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 23:32

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This has to do with whether a question has an accepted answer, and/or whether your answer was accepted.

When you look at a list of questions, the icon is filled green if that question has an accepted answer. Consider these three from the list generated by the tag:

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The first thread, linear regression with partially known coefficients, has one answer, which has been accepted. The last thread, How to calculate bias when we have an estimation using simple linear regression?, has one answer, which has not (yet?) been accepted.

When you look at your reputation page, you will see a filled green icon representing the reputation you gained from having one of your answers accepted. Here is a section of your reputation page:

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When the reputation gains from August 14th are expanded, you can see that the icon is filled green because you received 15 points from when your answer to Is there such a thing as an adjusted $R^2$ for a quantile regression model? was accepted (congratulations). Note that the reputation you gained from the upvote is not filled green.


Regarding the screenshot of your homepage, On round robin is green under questions because it is a question with an accepted answer. The square isn't green under reputation because you didn't earn that 5 points of reputation by having an answer accepted (but by having your question upoted).

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  • $\begingroup$ I still do not understand how I can have two different colors at the same time for the same question, see above, without their being somehow treated differently, $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Carl, what are you referring to, the reputation case? You can see that there were 2 events that led to increases in reputation: your answer was upvoted & your answer was accepted. The former earned you 10 points & the latter earned you 15 more points. The line that lists the acceptance is filled green, but lines that list upvotes aren't. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 1:10
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I know. Your home page seems to be formatted differently than mine. Glen_b asked the right question "why does the same question ('On round robin...') have a green box under 'Questions' but a white box under 'Reputation' " ? I am still in the dark. $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 1:43
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    $\begingroup$ On round robin is green under questions because it is a question with an accepted answer. The square isn't green under reputation because you didn't earn that 5 points of reputation by having an answer accepted (but by having your question upvoted). $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 1:54
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    $\begingroup$ Good answer, please include your last comment into your answer posted above so I can accept it as being "THE ANSWER." $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 2:11
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    $\begingroup$ I accepted the answer anyway as you did indeed answer my question, and you have been very polite to do so. $\endgroup$
    – Carl
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 2:17

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