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If you're new to this discussion, please after reading this opening post, also read this wiki page on which amarillion keeps a list of the suggestions made so far.
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"Authors who submit their suggestions/logos/mascots in this process will give up all rights. The suggestions/logos/mascots put on the voting page and the gallery and maybe into the library afterwards will be public domain(giftware just like Allegro itself) and may be freely used in any way. By submitting an entry you will agree on the previous terms."
A brief summary of what has happened so far:
spellcaster started an inofficial logo challenge;
this spawned quite a few logos(if yours is missing, just edit the page and add it);
among those logos is a vectorized recreation of Mr. Peitz' "Alex The Allegator";
then, Johan Peitz responded;
several discussions on IRC and in that thread later, people seem to agree that it would be good to just create an entirely new mascot/logo for Allegro, because using Alex The Allegator would make the license more complicated, whereas an entirely new mascot could just be given away within the current giftware license;
As that logo challenge thread has grown quite large and as it doesn't seem to get attention from any of those "in charge to make decisions", I have decided to create this new thread.
What are the goals of this thread?
1.) To create a list of community member suggested animals+name+characteristics+reasons why it should be the allegro mascot
(NOTE: no art will be created in this first step!)
2.) To let the community choose the three most popular mascots from the resulting list of step 1.). I'd ask Matthew to put them into a poll on the front page, as that is probably the easiest way to get a result(only members should be allowed to vote).
(NOTE: still no art up to here)
3.) As soon as the poll from step 2.) is closed, artists and non-artists can go and create logos/mascots based on the three most popular suggestions. There needs to be a time limit under which these will be created or else no decision is ever going to be made. (and there need to be some rules for the entries, e.g. they have to be rescalable vector art)
[update/edit] actually, this step will be divided into two steps of which the first one will be a long stretched sketching phase, where people won't create final masterpieces but merely do sketches, discuss them, improve them and then go on to create the final polished versions
4.) The community would then again choose their favourite logo/mascot from the results of step 3.)
5.) The winning logo/mascot from step 4.) will be included within the lib and will be the "official" Allegro logo/mascot.
[update/edit] This is not guaranteed(by the main allegro devs) and actually this step will be more like "the winning logo/mascot from step 4.) will be presented to the main Allegro devs and the Allegro dictator, along with the suggestion to make it the "official" mascot/logo as created and chosen by the community"
[update/edit] but of course nobody can/will be forced to use it
Other things that the official mascot might be used for after it has been decided upon:
may be featured in a new Allegro demo game as the main character
may be featured doing different activities in the manual may be leading through a few introductional tutorials about using the library
your ideas here...
Ok now, first things first, let's start with step 1.)
Suggest an animal that should be the mascot for Allegro.
Suggest a name for that mascot as well.
Give a few characteristics that this particular instance of that animal has(e.g. quick, lively, bright, bookish, collectivist, individualist, wise,...).
Also give reasons on why you think that your suggestion should be the mascot for Allegro.
It is really important to give those characteristics and a reason, because this will later aid people in creating the pictures of those mascots. The aim is to create a mascot with character after all and not just some empty iconified animal stereotype with no character at all.