A picture of the post vote buttons from here on Meta

These post buttons are too unclear I think, and I've gotten confused into thinking that I had upvoted a post I disliked and vice versa. It's tricky to show what the highlighted state is when the colour scheme is limited to grey-scale. I think it could be improved by removing the black from the unselected button: make black and white be the active state, and two shades of grey be inactive.

Here are some buttons from some other Meta sites to compare:

Vote buttons from Meta.Christianity.SE Vote buttons from Meta.English.SE Vote buttons from a beta site's Meta

  • -1 because it's pretty clear to me, especially with a minimum of experimentation. :-)
    – ChrisW
    Jun 25, 2015 at 15:00
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    +1 White does look like confirmation
    – Tim
    Jun 30, 2015 at 15:49
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    @ChrisW: It is pretty clear to me too, but I gave the complaint an upvote. If it is confusing for some users, then it should be changed: a non-selfish thought. Jul 10, 2015 at 12:06

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This was fixed some time ago (and beyond that, now all vote buttons look the same across child metas). When you vote now, the arrow changes to black from grey (the same color used for the unselected favorite star and flag/upvote buttons on comments):

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