I haven't seen it asked yet, but question #6 on the 7 Essential Metal Questions of Every Beta What should our logo and site design look like?

This one is pretty straightforward. Solicit contributions, throw out ideas, post preliminary (or finished) designs, and be supportive and respectful of other people’s ideas and creativity.

We have designers on staff who will actively help come up with site designs but, if an idea stemming from the community stands out as exceptional, we are happy to use it.

Let's use this topic to discuss our design ideas. What do you want Moderators.SE to look like?

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    That blog post is obsolete. We've been badgering Stack Exchange to get it updated, but unfortunately, in vain. Site design will be made by a professional when the site graduates from beta (months or years from now) and this thread will have very little influence if any. The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta is a good overview of how betas really work. Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 22:46
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    Not to mention that we're far from site graduation - public beta comes first. Site design won't be a relevant matter for the foreseeable future either way.
    – user98085
    Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 23:23
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    @Gilles 6 to 8 units of time, is now the average.
    – Braiam
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 5:10
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    I don't think we're in a position to fully know what this site is going to become if / when it graduates to full status. I think it needs to find its feet and let it grow organically before we can know a suitable direction for the branding to take.
    – JonW
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 22:47

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I propose that we put this question in mothballs for a while; until the site is near graduation it won't be relevant, and it doesn't make sense to accumulate answers now when the scope -- and participants, for that matter -- could change significantly before then.

If an answer gets a net-positive score, Community will stop bumping this question. I offer this answer for that purpose.


There's been some discussion about this in the What should our chat room's name be? thread, but whereas people like the Ban Hammer idea for the chat room (and some for the logo), I think it sends the wrong message and we should consider something more neutral, and I like Jack Douglas' janitorial idea.

How about something like the "Cleaning in Progress" logos you get, a gender neutral stick figure with a broom/mop, like this from Seton:

Cleaning in progress

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    I don't want to project a janitorial image. This site is about community building. Moderation is just one aspect (and a poor choice of name, which we must not emphasize with matching imagery). Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 10:30
  • @Gilles, I agree. I'd prefer to project "community building"
    – Andy
    Commented Aug 3, 2014 at 22:37
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    What about a compromise: A'la coat of arms, crossed, a banhammer and a mop.
    – SF.
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 8:43

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