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Thanks For the Logos; Help Us Choose a Winner

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the winner-gets-best-seat-in-the-wicker-man dept.

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Over the course of October, we marked each day of our 15th anniversary month with a different reader-submitted graphic, instead of the usual Slashdot logo. (Thanks to all the artists who participated, whether or not your submission made it to the page: to keep it to one each day, we had to reluctantly cull a lot of great ones.) Now that all the selected graphics have had their day in the sun, we'd like your help in figuring out which one of the selected artists will receive a Nexus 7 tablet (in addition to one of our anniversary T-shirts). Take a look at the current poll and cast your vote. We've listed a handful of favorites as poll options, but feel free to pick the "some other" option and make a case for your favorite in the comments. As the note below all Slashdot polls warns, "This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane." So we'll take the results with a grain of salt ("advisory") — but as of this writing, four of the options are between 13 and 16 percent, which gives us an idea that it's working pretty well.

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Seriously? (4, Interesting)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 2 years ago | (#41841633)

I couldn't possibly pick a best one. There were at least four that stand out as being really top notch. And in things like art, I don't know how one evaluates on a linear scale.

I liked the logos changing. I don't like the whole voting on the best thing.

SERIOUSLY??? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841769)

MyLongNickName, nice shill account. We all know it's you, timmyboy.

In all seriousness, I couldn't possibly pick a best one either. I couldn't pick a worst one. They were all so terrible that I could have my seven year son create them in mspaint if M$ hadn't downgraded its functionality in Win7.

Anyone else think the logo thing was entirely retarded? 1993 is here, and it wants its severely aliased animated gifs back.

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 2 years ago | (#41841833)

Wow. You found out I was Timmy. I am not sure how you did it, but I bow to your insight. You gotta tell me though... did you hack into the server to find out my IP address is the same as Tim's? Regardless, you are clearly brilliant.

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (1)

kdawson (3715) (1344097) | about 2 years ago | (#41841961)

Lol, no; no need to hack, we already have all the IP's addresses ;)

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841981)

Tee-hee, a windoze loser.... Hihi.

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41842259)

Which is far better than a Linux loser or a Mac OS X loser. Hihi!

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41842675)

Yes, better as in "ignorance is bliss".

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (0)

cas2000 (148703) | about 2 years ago | (#41847053)

31 days of annoying animated gifs. 31 days of having to scroll every slashdot window and tab to get the distractions off the screen. slightly less than 31 days of wondering "when will they stop with this annoying shit?"

animations are the main reason i block ads. non-animated ads don't annoy me anywhere near as much, they're not as in-your-face distracting. animated non-ads annoy me almost as much as animated ads.

trying to read with animations on screen is about as pleasant as trying to listen to music while some arsehole is shouting at you with a megaphone held up to your ear.

my vote is also for none of them.

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (2)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 2 years ago | (#41849985)

Serious question. Are you autistic? I'm not sure how something so small can irritate someone so much and am wondering if you have some type of syndrome that might explain it.

Re:SERIOUSLY??? (1)

cas2000 (148703) | about 2 years ago | (#41860363)

no.

i was probably being a bit too subtle for you so i'll spell it out clearly and simply:

i don't like animated gifs distracting from the content of a web page.

similarly, i don't like animations or sound effects on my computer's desktop - i disable all that shit, it doesn't add anything of value (quite the contrary).

Re:Seriously? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 2 years ago | (#41843371)

I don't know how one evaluates on a linear scale.

I don't know why you think anyone asked you to.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41843503)

By definition ranking is a linear scale.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41845213)

No, it's not. A ranking is a fully ordered set which does not need a linear scale at all. Now hush, back to your high school math courses.

Re:Seriously? (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 2 years ago | (#41843973)

While I agree there are several that stand out, the Atari and the Pong for examples, for me if you want to bring back "NERD!" nostalgia you can't beat the good old memtest. I mean how many of us have sat there going "C'mon! Fricking POST already!" like kids waiting to get a cookie at the PC?

This is why I have to LMAO at kids complaining about Windows taking "a whole 2 minutes! ZOMFG!" on their multicore monsters...sheeeit, try waiting to get WinNT up on a Pentium II with a whopping 64Mb of memory kid and THEN talk to me about slow!

Re:Seriously? (1)

coma_bug (830669) | about 2 years ago | (#41847693)

I couldn't possibly pick a best one.

Have you considered voting third-party?

Instead of a Nexus (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841643)

Slashdot fires Timothy? I've seen better editors for kindergarten newspapers,

Re:Instead of a Nexus (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#41841697)

I think that many readers would be fine with a Nexus. Especially a 6. Like Rachel.

Re:Instead of a Nexus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41843511)

Slashdot fires Timothy? I've seen better editors for kindergarten newspapers,

That's child abuse.

What did those poor kindergarteners ever do to you do deserve that?

The Current One... (4, Insightful)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#41841665)

...which is to say, the one we've had for a long, long time.

I'll probably get flamed, but I kind of like it when some things that have reached a fairly high level of developmental maturity don't get dramatically changed. Slashdot, even when it went a little higher tech, still didn't get dramatically changed from the way it's been for years and years. I actually appreciate that when change doesn't seem to actually improve the purpose.

Re:The Current One... (3, Insightful)

Da w00t (1789) | about 2 years ago | (#41841701)

Upmod parent. Please. No animated GIF logos please.

Re:The Current One... (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 2 years ago | (#41841739)

I especially liked the very last one, which wasn't even the right fucking colour.

Re:The Current One... (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 2 years ago | (#41841781)

Replying to my own post, but it seems the majority of the entries are in the lighter green shown by the Oct 31st logo. What gives? It looked out of place at the time, and if it wasn't for the background on the entries page being lighter than the heading on the site, it would still look weird.

Re:The Current One... (2)

killkillkill (884238) | about 2 years ago | (#41841841)

Animated GIF logos are awsome! I'm sure I had one on my Geocities page I made when I was 13. Although, I probably made it in Photoshop since it was on the schools Macs and GIMP wasn't yet the fine piece of user friendly software it is today.

Re:The Current One... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41843737)

They aren't as cool as animated favicons. Now those are just plain cool.

Re:The Current One... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841897)

Why should that suckup be upmodded? He said:

I actually appreciate that when change doesn't seem to actually improve the purpose.

Yeah, none of the changes have improved the purpose, that's for damn sure. The web 2.0 interface made it ridiculously easy to forum-slide and otherwise obscure comments, they are also rampantly banning people and encouraging their own meta-stazi with their flag system.

Re:The Current One... (2)

houghi (78078) | about 2 years ago | (#41841953)

Full ack. I even added the logo to AdBlock as the 90-ies look was so annoying.

And what is wrong with the one that exists already? Renewal for the sake of renewal is never a good thing : http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_uJcOi4Ab95E/TFxzYFgXIQI/AAAAAAAAAE4/pSweHLoFGSY/s1600/pepsi-logo-vs-coke-logo.jpg [blogspot.com]

I know of companies who changed their logo and they were enormously happy that nobody noticed, because they did it over a period of several years.

Re:The Current One... (1)

AnonyMouseCowWard (2542464) | about 2 years ago | (#41843823)

I'm not sure what the source for your blogspot image is, but here's the UK Coke webpage [coca-cola.co.uk] . Notice the logo did change, perhaps not much compared to Pepsi, but it did.

Re:The Current One... (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 years ago | (#41842045)

Upmod parent. Please. No animated GIF logos please.

I also find blinking crap on my monitor to be annoying. If an ad blinks or beeps then I permanently block the the site that served it. I deal with these Slashdot gifs by keeping an extra window on my screen and sliding it over the gif to cover it. But then every time I click or scroll the browser I need to put that window back on front. Is there a Firefox option to disable animated gifs?

Re:The Current One... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41842505)

First hit on Google...

Re:The Current One... (1)

gparent (1242548) | about 2 years ago | (#41842615)

Yep. As long as we don't get any of that animated crap I'll be happy, especially if we just keep the same logo. I don't want to diss the artists, mostly the animated ones were good but I can't stand it on a website.

Re:The Current One... (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#41842627)

Amen ad infinitum. And if they must be animated, they must not repeat. And frankly, there's no need for it to be animated anywhere but the frontpage. At least, please pretty please, make the animation a config option. I hate having to tweak my browser everywhere I go just not to be annoyed.

Re:The Current One... (1)

MagicM (85041) | about 2 years ago | (#41842803)

me too!

Re:The Current One... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841737)

I take it that you're using the classic discussion system, then?

Re:The Current One... (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#41841825)

No, I'm not actually. As I said, I don't mind occasional incremental changes. On the other hand, had they never introduced a new system then I wouldn't have felt a need to change when the software on the site worked just fine in my opinion.

I guess if I were to pick a winner, the very simple /. would have been it. I wouldn't even mind if, occasionally, I randomly got "/." in the corner instead of "Slashdot", but only if not animated.

Re:The Current One... (1)

plover (150551) | about 2 years ago | (#41842165)

I like the current logo too, but a temporary change like this is just good fun.

Should it be a Google doodle every single day, or on holidays, or on every /. editor's birthday? No, because that's a different style. Leave that to Google. But once in a great while to celebrate a special occasion (or meaningless milestone [tvtropes.org] ), it's fine.

Re:The Current One... (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 2 years ago | (#41842585)

You mean improve like supporting Unicode. Or even carriage returns with HTML editing off. Or an open source drop in rich text editor.

Re:The Current One... (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 years ago | (#41842779)

y'know, I'm good without there being rich text editors on forums, even if the forum can display rich text. Consider that it's rare that people who actually know how to manually markup for bold or italics or different fonts will abuse it, while when it's simple so everyone can do it then one finds someone picking the Script font, italicizing and bolding it, and changing the color the fuscia for all their posts.

Keep it simple. If I feel a need to italicize or bold or underline I can do it with these pretty little tags that are easy to use.

Re:The Current One... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41845753)

I found the animated logos very distracting when trying to read the articles. I had to scroll down to get them out of view when reading.

Re:The Current One... (1)

chrismcb (983081) | about 2 years ago | (#41848469)

...which is to say, the one we've had for a long, long time.

That didn't answer the question.
i don't think anyone suggested or implied that the logo would switch (but boy, did some people infer it)
Nothing wrong with changing the look for a bit, look at how successful Google Doodles are. I've enjoyed the logo contest, and seeing some of the creative ideas. Of course I don't want the logo to CHANGE to one of them. But nothing wrong with changing the logo for a day every now and then.

The GIMP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841735)

My reaction to most of the text explaining how it's done was a "what" when they could've saved a lot of time if they just stuck to Animation Shop 1+ Paint Shop Pro 5 and a dash of decent creativity.

Wow that is a lot of crap (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841891)

There are maybe 3 that are halfway decent outside of a cutesy joke.

No offense to the creators, but they should feel bad.

SPACE LOGO! (1)

multicoregeneral (2618207) | about 2 years ago | (#41841913)

The space logo was awesome. It was the only one that was truly original, and it stands out as the best of the competition.

Re:SPACE LOGO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41842057)

The space logo was awesome. It was the only one that was truly original, and it stands out as the best of the competition.

The only one that was truly original? More original than a tesselation [fsdn.com] or independent bots [fsdn.com] ?

Re:SPACE LOGO! (1)

multicoregeneral (2618207) | about 2 years ago | (#41842177)

Oh yeah... how did I miss independent bots? That's badass too.

Pick the same one. Twice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841929)

Then do it again tomorrow.

The Images? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841937)

How about a page that shows them all next to each other? That would probably help the vast majority of people in voting.

Re:The Images? (4, Informative)

cultiv8 (1660093) | about 2 years ago | (#41842081)

Re:The Images? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41842883)

Too bad not all of those are on the vote, nor is it easy to relate which voting options are which logos. The logo I wanted to vote for didn't appear to be up for a vote. I don't have time for this.

Re:The Images? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41843485)

they all look like garbage

Re:The Images? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41843701)

Karma whore :)

Keep the current logo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41841955)

I didn't notice the option to vote for the current logo ... that would be my vote

Re:Keep the current logo (2)

timothy (36799) | about 2 years ago | (#41842029)

There are no current plans to change the default logo -- this was a month-long, one-per-day happening. Not to say that it might not change one day in the future, but you're safe for now ;)

Pick the best, for what? (3, Insightful)

pr0t0 (216378) | about 2 years ago | (#41842047)

I guess I would throw it back to the slashdot team and ask, what is it you hope to achieve with rebranding? Why a new logo? Is it merely to commemorate the history of slashdot? If so, I'd say you've already done that with the month-long logo fun.

Rebranding is done for a number of reasons. Historical milestone isn't typically one of them. It's sometimes used as an excuse for "We haven't grown our user base for a while and need something fresh to entice more visitors", but the event alone isn't usually enough. This is generally true because if you are happy with your growth and retention, don't mess with it.

If you aren't happy with growth or retention, that could be due to any number of factors and a new logo isn't likely to fix it. Knowing who the target demographic is would be the key to rebranding. But I advise extraordinary caution. Slashdot is old-guard when it comes to the internet, an institution really. An unchanging logo conveys stability and reliability. It also helps smooth transitions to other changes you may make in the future with respect to appearance, functionality, or content.

Re:Pick the best, for what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41843089)

thanks for the advice but it's just who gets the tablet.

go back to marketing class

Re:Pick the best, for what? (4, Informative)

timothy (36799) | about 2 years ago | (#41843173)

Hi!

Not to say that there might not be design changes down the road, but the month of October really was its own special snowflake :) We tried to make that clear in the way the initial call for entries was phrased, and in the story to which you're responding, but quite a few people evidently have the same confusion -- sorry about that. This was a chance to let readers get their name and creativity on the site in a way other than the usual story / poll submissions, not an attempt at long-term rebranding.

Some of the logos submitted were great, and perhaps one day we'll either want to use them or be inspired by them, but we're back as planned, and for the currently-anticipated future, to the old, regular Slashdot logo.

Tim

Re:Pick the best, for what? (1)

chrismcb (983081) | about 2 years ago | (#41848441)

I guess I would throw it back to the slashdot team and ask, what is it you hope to achieve with rebranding?

I understand no one here bothers to read the article... but at least read the freaking summary:

we'd like your help in figuring out which one of the selected artists will receive a Nexus 7 tablet

How are you supposed to vote? (1)

frohro (1151353) | about 2 years ago | (#41842237)

On the voting page, you should post the logos. How else can you decide, unless all you care about it who the author is?

Re:How are you supposed to vote? (1)

blagooly (897225) | about 2 years ago | (#41851213)

The poll was outsourced to the Onion? After clicking the five links in the story, I wondered if this was the start of a new Halloween tradition. I expected the checkbox would move out of the way of the mouse when I voted. Laugh out loud bad.

No logo (1)

Chris.Nelson (943214) | about 2 years ago | (#41842273)

Are you *seriously* inviting people to vote on logos you aren't showing them?!?! Why on Earth are they not displayed on the survey/ballot?

Speaking of which (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 2 years ago | (#41842311)

The current homepage shows the normal logo with a blurb about entering the contest for October. Is that next October?

None of the above.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41842317)

Sorry,

While all of the logos are artistically excellent, most of them have some sort of specificity (timeframe, inside joke, subject matter, infringement on other brands, etc.) that make them inappropriate to be used as a brand.

As a brand, the only one that is plausible is #7. It's a great start on a excellent design. As everyone is a critic.... Helvetica (and similar grotesque fonts) is over worn and a bit cold for this purpose. I would suggest something with a bit 'beefier' stroke weight, hand kerned for visual punch, and a humanist typeface (Ubuntu? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_%28typeface%29)) and I think you might have something truly special. Something good enough to be seen by thousands of people for several years.

Have fun.

Binary message (2)

chebucto (992517) | about 2 years ago | (#41842453)

It was aesthetically pleasing, fit well with the themes of the site, and was a clever and equally valid way of writing the official logo (after all, it was just a translation from one encoding scheme to another).

The mystery didn't hurt either, even if I was too thick to figure it out :)

Re:Binary message (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41842497)


The mystery didn't hurt either, even if I was too thick to figure it out :)

So what was the secret code?

Tesselation (1)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | about 2 years ago | (#41842545)

There were several really good ones, but the tessellation really was nice to look at.

Hoax (1)

joeslugg (8092) | about 2 years ago | (#41844233)

This poll is surely a hoax. There is no CowboyNeal option.
What is this Slashdot TV thing?
And where the hell are Taco and Hemos?
Oh - I've been asleep for a few years, btw.
What happened in here???

Tessellation of course! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41852801)

Why wasn't this in the poll options ? It was completely awesome. 2nd is Avrum Cohen's robot bugs. And 3rd is the memory test one.
PS: I made an animated GIF and seeing the hatred against it made me smile because now I know how to kill all nerds swiftly: brain haemorrhage induced by animated GIFs. Sweet.

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