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Re: Mascot Debian ? Create a contest?

On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 03:34:52PM -0300, Valessio S Brito wrote:
> Hi All, we can create a contest with 1year deadline to choice a
> Mascot for Debian?
> some proposal: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Mascot
> Create a contest on www.debianart.org
> Deadline: 13 Ago 2011 (1 year)
> what do you think of this?

I personally like the idea of having a mascot. Still, it is not
something that we can decide "too lightly", as it's a big step in
project image (IMHO). It should probably be endorsed officially by some
project-wide vote.

Before getting there however, there is quite some preliminary work to be
done. First of all we need a contest not actually to decide which one to
use, but rather to attract attention on the fact we are considering
having one. That is the only way to get a decent critical mass of mascot

All in all, I believe it would make sense to:

- launch a call for mascot (1 year seems a bit too long to me, in the
  sense that I don't believe that such a long period will give us more
  mascots than, say, a 6 months period)

- have a public contest over the received proposal to "shortlist" a set
  of mascots (max 10, possibly less)

- have a vote on those 10 to have official project endorsement (or no
  endorsement at all in case "further discussion" wins)

If people here like the plan, what is needed to go forward is:

1) setting up a submission infrastructure (I guess art.debian.net
   already is enough for that)

2) document the rules / timeline

3) draft an announcement of the call for mascot, finalize it, and start
   broadcasting it around

I can't volunteer for any of the above ATM, but if you go forward, I'll
be happy to advertise it in bits from DPL mails or anything else that
could help spreading the news.

Thanks for the idea!

Stefano Zacchiroli -o- PhD in Computer Science \ PostDoc @ Univ. Paris 7
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