Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
I was thinking the message # in blue+icon, since the permalink link icon has already been where it is for a very long time and users are well trained to use it. Since it's whole purpose is to give you the link to a specific message, using its message number, the number itself and the permalink are essentially the same thing.
I could absolutely deal with doing away with the permalink icon entirely, but I think that's ill-advised since users are already familiar with it and its purpose. Since the message number in its current position is new, new, new the option exists for tweaking its appearance.
A lot of what appears to be progress is just so much technological rococo. ~ Bill Gray