Also, I tried signing out, then signing in again, to see if that would make it work correctly. Nope!. I normally use Firefox, so I tried signing in using Internet Explorer. Same problem. No dot to the new entries. Here's a screen shot of what I'm seeing. Bold font, grey bar, highlighted topic, NO DOT.
The colors we see on the web bear little true fidelity to the colors we achieve on press. We do ink drawdowns and test against various PMS colors and UV coating. Had the dugong won we would have gone through considerable further testing to find the right color for the background. What you saw in the cover test is only an approximation of reality, had the test gone a different direction. Black, on the other hand, is pretty easy to replicate properly.
Perhaps, to level the playing field, the images presented for voting should have the same color background.