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Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can 128

Posted by timothy
from the small-canvas-for-big-ideas dept.
The Slashdot logo has been around for a long time now; the truth is, we're rather fond of it, and have only rarely introduced substantial changes. But for the month of October, as a way of celebrating the site's 15 years of delivering News for Nerds, we invite you to help us temporarily change it. If you have an idea of what the Slashdot logo should look like for one day in October, this is your chance to see it on the page. Starting September 15th, we'll be accepting entries, and sending limited edition anniversary T-shirts to the artists we pick to show off on the page throughout the month. (And a Nexus 7 tablet to the artist who ranks best in show.) Click through for information on what we're looking for, how to enter, and the long list of rules that the legal department has provided for your reading pleasure; we look forward to seeing and sharing your ideas.
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Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can

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  • OMG Ponies (Score:5, Funny)

    by magarity (164372) on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:27AM (#41288949)

    What else is there?
     
    I'm still bitter that the constant Firefox updates broke the add-in that made that layout permanent.

    • Re:OMG Ponies (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Jeng (926980) on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:30AM (#41289001)

      Since it is such a part of the history of /. I propose that we use the ASCII version of Goatse.

      • Since it is such a part of the history of /. I propose that we use the ASCII version of Goatse.

        The logo is a picture, so why stick to the ASCII version? Just use the current slashdot logo, but instead of the letter o, have you-know-what. At that small size, it wouldn't even be obscene...

        They even hinted at such idea, see very last item of "brainstorm" list:

        full moons and other events tied to certain days

        But then the first condition says:

        Every entry should be your own original work

        • But then the first condition says:

          Every entry should be your own original work

          I don't understand. How is this a problem? ;-)

          • Well, unless you are the goat man (tm) himself, or the photographer who snapped that infamous pic, this would be somebody else's work...
            • by Hadlock (143607)

              My vote would be for a bunch of tacos. And a millitary commander of sorts. A tribute to CmdrTaco, the founder of the site. We miss you, Rob!

        • by isorox (205688)

          Since it is such a part of the history of /. I propose that we use the ASCII version of Goatse.

          The logo is a picture, so why stick to the ASCII version? Just use the current slashdot logo, but instead of the letter o, have you-know-what. At that small size, it wouldn't even be obscene...

          They even hinted at such idea, see very last item of "brainstorm" list:

          Hey, if it's good enough for the olympics [guardian.co.uk]

        • What do you mean small? It might overwhelm the rest of the word.
      • by fm6 (162816)

        Yeah, and the Trail of Tears [wikipedia.org] is an important part of U.S. history, but I don't seem anybody proposing a dead Indian as national symbol.

      • by antdude (79039)

        How about making the whole web site in ASCII format? ;)

    • by sarysa (1089739) on Monday September 10, 2012 @12:00PM (#41289419)
      I'd like to point out that Slashdot was 5 years ahead of the brony craze. The new logo needs to have, if not Rainbow Dash, maybe the pony that goes "you're gonna LOVE ME!!!!!" (seems to fit at least couple regulars well)
    • by Daetrin (576516)
      I'm seriously disappointed that i just found out about that add-on now, after it's already been broken.
    • by nmb3000 (741169)

      OMG Ponies [desiringmachine.org] was my first thought as well. I'd imagine it wouldn't be hard to get enough vote to win either, given how popular the AF joke was back in 2006.

      After all, Slashdot did ponies before they were cool [clubpenguininsiders.com] :)

    • by Lumpy (12016)

      Pestilence Pony?

    • by BenoitRen (998927)

      Changing Slashdot's lay-out is as simple as a custom stylesheet [userstyles.org].

    • How about " \ . " to profess our love of windows. Of course if we can round up a few million bucks, maybe we can get a corporate designer to come up with something as exciting as 4 colored squares in a square pattern.

      (FYI, the new windows logo reminds me of the millions AT&T spent when spinning off Lucent to come up with the "coffee stain" logo that was ridiculed by most including a Dilbert [dilbert.com] strip [dilbert.com].)

      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        Love of Windows??? I think you're on the wrong site, buddy. Any nerd who has used both MS products and almost anybody else's hates MS's apps and OSes.

        Why in the hell would you love an OS that has nothing going for it except shiny? Windows is NOT a nerd OS; Windows is your grandma's OS and the jock down the street's OS. Nerd gamers put up with it because they have to. Nerds who aren't gamers almost universally hate it.

        Sorry to break it to you, but if the only OS you're familiar with is Windows, you're proba

        • On a website like slashdot, it surprises me that my earlier comment was not immediately recognized as sarcasm.

          As you mentioned, professing a love of windows on Slashdot is not a normal reaction. Anyone on this site doing so is either trolling or trying to provide comic relief. Seeing how I logged in instead of posting as an AC, believe me that the latter is true.

          • by mcgrew (92797) *

            it surprises me that my earlier comment was not immediately recognized as sarcasm.

            You forgot the <Bazinga!> tag...

        • by baegucb (18706)

          I've lost track over the past 40 years or so, all the OS's I've used. Sort of like programming languages. Windows popularized home PCs. Didit/does it suck for security? Yes. Every OS has holes though, even if it is social engineering (as you know). Hate Windows? Nope., preferred Desqview when Windows 3 came out. Hate MS? A bit. MS business practices? Absolutely hate. And I have friends who work there (and others at RH)

          Anyways, I vote for a pink unicorn with a rainbow out it's butt for a logo, sorta a Linux

  • by Eightbitgnosis (1571875) on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:27AM (#41288955) Homepage
    Be the same old logo
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:30AM (#41288993)

    And I don't see anything that would prohibit a Goatse.cx inspired logo. I can see the hands wrapping around the "o" in Slashdot now.

  • For a small $500,000 fee, they will make you one by using this http://craplogo.me/ [craplogo.me]
    • by fm6 (162816)

      Huh. That lame little application is just a design firm's way of snarking about The Gap's failed rebranding attempt. If you follow the link to their blog [underconsideration.com], you discover they know fuck all about web design. They actually allow the reader to choose either of two layouts, both using obsolete fixed-width designs. Kind of undercuts their smug satire of other people's failures.

  • I've already set up a greasemonkey script to replace the logo with one of my choosing. OK, I haven't really, but for anybody who really cared to do this, it would be a simple task. Why would you want to change the logo? What is the purpose of this?
    • by Jeng (926980)

      What is the purpose of this?

      I think they are throwing shit at the walls and seeing what gets them more page views.

      • by Lumpy (12016)

        "I think they are throwing shit at the walls and seeing what gets them more page views."

        You must be new here, Taco patented that technique back in 1999.

      • by Sulphur (1548251)

        What is the purpose of this?

        I think they are throwing shit at the walls and seeing what gets them more page views.

        Sounds primative.

    • by wiedzmin (1269816)

      Google did it.

    • I've already set up a greasemonkey script to replace the logo with one of my choosing. OK, I haven't really, but for anybody who really cared to do this, it would be a simple task. Why would you want to change the logo? What is the purpose of this?

      Uhh...to have a fun competition and celebrate the site's 15th anniversary?

      • You forget the audience. Most of the people here have day jobs where the job is to keep stuff working. The old logo works fine, so what's the problem?

        If it aint' broke, don't fix it. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to make another post complaining on how SlashTV is a waste of electrons and how the old /. format was so much better than the current AJAX garbage.. I'd mention SlashBI, but I think that one speaks for itself.
  • What about a nice Jimbo Wales banner
  • by decipher_saint (72686) on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:39AM (#41289137) Homepage

    ...covered in hot grits...

    (rather than Goatse, which is only better in Soviet Russia)

    It's also the missing step 3

  • by MetalliQaZ (539913) on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:39AM (#41289141)

    How about a logo with Fonzie waterski-jumping over Slashdot while wearing a leather jacket.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:40AM (#41289151)

    And see if I can get a dupe Slashdot logo through.

  • Keep the geezer geeks happy. When you're going to rename the whole Slashdot shebang, what better than sh-bang.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I miss the real Slashdot, too.

    For this "slashdot under new ownership" site however, I propose that the logo be a picture of rotting pig-poop (to match the smell and feel of the place).

    --------------

    The captcha is sheered

    Game Over.

    • Do you miss the old Slashdot, or do you miss that old world when IT was small and nerdy, instead of run by big companies that rule the world?
      I hear you old timers complain often about how /. has changed, but I think it still reports the same type of news. It's just that the world has changed around us.

      Slashdot started when Windows 98 was not even around. When the 2.0 Linux kernel was brand new. And dial up was the main method for connecting to the internet. I guess that old time made for good articles about

  • by ArsenneLupin (766289) on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:42AM (#41289187)
    From their brainstorm list:

    Binary numbers
    ...

    Digits per se: fingers

    Beware of October 4th!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Oh Pleeeezzee let it be purple, sparkly and Pony based! *Squee!* *faints*

    There are not enough ponies on the Internet.!

  • Seriously. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cornface (900179) on Monday September 10, 2012 @11:50AM (#41289285)

    Are there a lot of people out there who have just been chomping at the bit to change the slashdot logo?

    How about fixing some of the horribly out of date and broken website code instead? Just for one day. In October!

    Maybe make a mobile version of the site that is more than barely functional? For one day! In October!

    Shameful.

    • by sootman (158191)

      Rich text editor for comments? The ability to edit comments for a brief period of time after posting? Better usage of JavaScript? Linking to original sources and not crappy blogs? Quit using question marks in headlines? Fact-check submissions when it's trivial to do so? (Bonus: Fact-check submissions when it's not trivial to do so?*)

      For one day! In October!

      The more I think about it, the more I realize the logo is the last thing that needs changing here.

      * Note: It's almost always trivial.

      • by Jeng (926980)

        The ability to edit ones comments is always abused. If you fuck up your comment reply to your comment with the correction.

        • by cornface (900179)

          It is only abused if there is no easy way to quote text you are replying to, or if the edited post doesn't include some indication it was edited.

          Shockingly, those two features exist on basically every other web forum and large blog in existence.

          These problems are long solved.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Be careful about using rectangles with rounded corners, though. And any design with elements arranged in a grid

  • by Milharis (2523940) on Monday September 10, 2012 @12:02PM (#41289445)

    "entrant agrees to allow Sponsor and its designees to use entrant's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and city and state address for advertising and promotional purposes for this and similar promotions, worldwide, and in perpetuity, in any and all forms of media, now known or hereafter devised without additional compensation, review or approval rights, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law."

    This is why I'm never going to participate to something like that.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 10, 2012 @12:09PM (#41289571)

    The question is tantamout to:

    Wanna do graphic design work for peanuts?

    I suspect a few graphic design students might take you up on it, and do well. Any pro will just be offended. Any real amateur will probably fail. It'll be fun to submit a penis or something just for grins and giggles.

    This is really lame, even for Slashdot actually. I suggest we "penis bomb" the submissions. Send in doodles of a penis, in whatever fashion you please.

  • No thanks (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kjella (173770) on Monday September 10, 2012 @12:17PM (#41289685) Homepage

    8. PUBLICITY/GRANT OF RIGHTS Except where prohibited by law, by entering the Contest, as a condition of participating in this Contest, entrant agrees to allow Sponsor and its designees to use entrant's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and city and state address for advertising and promotional purposes for this and similar promotions, worldwide, and in perpetuity, in any and all forms of media, now known or hereafter devised without additional compensation, review or approval rights, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law.

  • Let's call it REDDIT.
  • Ugh. Spec work. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by vmxeo (173325) on Monday September 10, 2012 @12:24PM (#41289821) Homepage Journal

    Sorry, but not from me. The powers that run Slashdot probably have good intentions, but more often that not, these design contest are really just cheap ways to get work for nothing (or relatively little). Considering graphic artists are already chronically underappreciated and underpaid by clients, this really isn't fair.

    But hey, don't let me discourage any of you aspiring artists out there ...;)

    Btw: yes, this is a real concern: http://www.no-spec.com/ [no-spec.com] http://www.aiga.org/position-spec-work/ [aiga.org]

    CAPTCHA: usable

  • Yeah. Here's my idea:
    <h1 title="We are sorry for the crap we have been posting">We know we need an editor</h1>

  • by Gordo_1 (256312) on Monday September 10, 2012 @12:41PM (#41290111)

    they have no idea who their readers are or why they read Slashdot.

  • /. makes no sense as a path. It's been bugging me for fifteen years. Fix it.
    • by mbadolato (105588)

      It's not a directory path. It's spoken URL hi-jinx. h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash-slash-dot-dot-org

    • / is the root directory
      . refers to the current directory

      cd /. && pwd

      should output
      /

      Please tell me that you didn't spend 15 years failing to realize that.

  • by fm6 (162816)

    Amusing to see those old Slashdot headlines. Since I was working at Sun at the time this one [archive.org] is particularly poignant.

  • could have been "change the content on slashdot to 'news for nerds, stuff that matters' for one day"
    or change the logo to $la$hdot(c), and continue tossing in vendor-sponsored articles, thinly veiled advertisement in the form of video reviews, inflammatory political and social baiting to increase click traffic, and bugs into your site code for no other reason but sheer profit-driven nature of the operation.

    another idea is for one day in october, we can all upgrade to Reddit.
  • Plaid. You can never go wrong with a good plaid.

    Here's some 2012 logo design trends I stole from another site with absolutely no attribution whatsoever.

    Twixt – These contain odd little interlinks between points that suggest connectivity.
    Angle bombs – These contain highly angled geometric shapes, oftentimes triangles, and are usually chaotic and without symmetry, like an explosion of sharp pieces from a central explosion.
    Leaf amalgams – Leaves used to build cars, people, other leaves, whatever.
    Copy – These designs use minute words as a graphic component, but the words could never be read. It is texture, not text.
    Penumbra – Think of a halo of layered and colored light circles that are not quite centered on each other.
    Monoliths – Squares or rectangles that are in perspective and that appear to be drifting.

    So take these, hire some artists for, like $75,000, wind up with something so horrible you have no choice but to bury the only copies of the design in a lead casket far underground, and finally just toss up a loose variant of the Starbucks logo with "Slashdot" in Helvetica and the "d" rotated at a 90 degree angle like the M in the Animal Planet logo.

    Keep the

    • by Yvan256 (722131)

      Considering the number of paid-for articles we seem to get around here, renaming the site to "Slashbucks" might not be a bad idea.

  • A sword on the neck of Dot Matrix. That's your Slash Dot logo right there.

  • Does is matter what country you're located in? (obviously, I'm eyeing the possibility of winning a tablet or a t-shirt!)
  • If you guys are really seriously want to change Slashdot, changing the logo ain't gonna make Slashdot better

    You should start changing the modding system

    Nowadays too many of great comments have been modded all the way down to "-1" just because their opinions do not fall within the "norm" of those who have tons and tons of mod points

    You have to understand that the Slashdot crowd have changed - it ain't the same Slashdot crowd in the beginning, the crowd which tolerated a lot of different views

    The original cro

  • Does this remind people of Missy the lost cat? http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html [27bslash6.com]

    Or asking for a logo to be designed to a certain specification? http://www.27bslash6.com/p2p2.html [27bslash6.com]

    This will most certainly be hilarious.

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