I remember there was the question called the "SOS! The Great Anime.SE Mascot Idol Search!", but what happened to it?

It seems pretty forgotten to me and doesn't look like it came up with a definite. So are we going to have a mascot or has that idea fallen apart since it was proposed and upvoted by 18 different people?

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    They were not moe enough.
    – кяαzєя Mod
    Jul 8, 2014 at 21:32
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    I get the feeling that most of the high-rep users on this site are more hardcore otaku who are into having moe mascots and maids, but the lower-rep users tend to be more casual fans who catch Naruto and Bleach every week and not much else, and might not appreciate having a moe mascot. Personally, I'd like to have a Wikipe-tan-style mascot, but I could see that being off-putting to some users, as Logan M. says in his answer.
    – Torisuda
    Sep 12, 2014 at 23:21
  • @Torisuda The existing well known anime mascot (Windows-tan, Inori, Miku) are not trying to pleased everyone. Because casual fans probably don't care much about mascot, all they want to see is their favorite anime character (Be it Naruto, Luffy, or Goku) and not much else. But 'hardcore' otaku watch lot more anime therefore they didn't really care about which series and more likely to accept general mascot. And these anime fans usually love to see 'moe' cute anime girl. And so, Windows-tan, Inori, Miku are born. If we want to pleased everyone, we need several mascot, or there will be no mascot
    – Darjeeling
    Oct 31, 2017 at 3:04
  • If we really want a mascot, we should forget about pleasing everyone, that's not gonna happen
    – Darjeeling
    Oct 31, 2017 at 3:07

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This is just my viewpoint, but here's why I think we're pretty much doomed to fail with the current approach.

Anime & Manga encompass a lot of different genres. We're trying to be the Q&A site to cover everything. There are going to be people on this site with absolutely no common interests. That's fine, everyone is welcome here. However, when it comes to something like a mascot, we definitely need something that is at least going to not be off-putting to anyone. I spent a lot of time trying to design a mascot myself which everyone would find acceptable, but in the end I'm sure that it wouldn't get anywhere near a consensus, so I didn't bother posting it. In any case, the best we'll be able to come up with is likely something that is inoffensive to everyone. An answer at +2/-0 for something like this is a lot better than one at +10/-5. But that's certainly still far from a consensus.

So what you're seeing over on that other post is simply the fact that this is a very opinion-based matter. There's no mascot proposal that is universally supported. And it's going to be very hard in this format to build a consensus. Meta is still a Q&A site, and we aren't going to be able to get around that.

The other thing is that we were never really sure what the mascot would be for. Is it going to be used in the finalized site design? If so, we definitely don't want anything biased towards one particular group. But also, we're not the ones who design the site. SE's design team does that. So they'd be the ones making the final decisions on a lot of things. If it's not going to be part of the final site design, we have more freedom there, but what are we going to use the mascot for? We could use it to promote the community pages, but if so there's really no need for a broad consensus anyway because those pages are run by individual users.

So in reality, there doesn't seem to be any real use for a mascot. And to be honest, I'm not sure why we need one anyway. It would be kind of cool I guess. That's why I suggested it (and several other users had the same idea at different times). But it isn't something we really need. Other sites like MAL, ANN, etc. don't have mascots that I'm aware of. If they do, they're pretty much unknown and neglected.

If we are going to get a mascot, it will have to be done organically, e.g. in chat. A request for proposals on meta isn't going to reach a consensus.

  • Same logic could have gone for the chat room naming, though the chat room is admittedly not quite the same. Jul 16, 2014 at 16:23
  • @DavidStarkey The chat room was for over a year just called "Anime & Manga Chat" or something like that. The regulars in the room eventually decided this wasn't acceptable, partially because it lacked character and partially because it made chat and main-site tabs indistinguishable. We spent several weeks in chat discussing various suggestions, and after a while the current name emerged as the most popular choice. Only after that was the new meta post made. We didn't really build the consensus on meta in that case.
    – Logan M
    Jul 16, 2014 at 18:58

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