I initially designed it on white to show that the characters could be more or less 'readable' on it, but it's certainly not my ideal choice and I've been against using white for the backdrop from the beginning (as have several other members). A softer blue, even something like my most recent version reads better I think and is less stressful on my eyes. As far as distracting you, I tried pasting the logo onto the completed version and I didn't feel distracted by it. To me it's just something cute and a bit fun that shows people we're not just some boring community like all those other boring communities, which is why I made the logo in the first place. I think the current design is just too stale and unimaginative overall for such a creative tool and such a vibrant community of game lovers and game designers. That said, I'm not condemning Loominous' or Darth's contributions since I think they've been struggling in their own ways to come to some sort of agreement with the members at large and have had to compromise a lot of their own creative ideas in the process, which I think is unfortunate because I really liked Loominous' early design and Darth's 'blockland' type logo.
I really, honestly think the design should reflect the creativity and imagination of this forum and the product we use rather than generic photoshop filters and glowy halo effects, but if this current design cannot be modified to be more visually fun and interesting then so be it.