Opinions, please

Those of you who run our current SVN source may have noticed that the EMD (the status menu item which displays in the top menu bar: the Evil Menu Duck) has been in a bit of flux recently. Evan changed it to use a status icon only. I think this looks a bit plain, so I changed it to have a badge. Evan thinks this looks ugly, so he reverted it to the status-icon-only.

So Evan and I worked out a plan — a request for those of you currently running SVN.

  1. Over the next day or two, I want you to pay attention to the EMD in different states (available/away/idle/invisible/offline), and think about how you like it as a status icon only. I mainly want you to use it normally.
  2. Then I’ll commit my current implementation (which brings back the badging, but now resized to no larger than the lower-right quadrant of the Duck). I’ll give that a week.
  3. Then I want you to email feedback (at with your opinion: which one do you prefer, and why? What do you like and dislike about the status-icon-only version, and what do you like and dislike about the badged version?

Thanks for your help.

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