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This is a pretty silly question, but nevertheless it's something that has been on my mind and so I figure I might as well ask.

The alignment of "Beta" with the stack exchange site name(e.g. "Gaming") is remarkably similar between all the different stack exchange sites, leading me to wonder: are the logos in these beta stack exchange sites generated automatically, or is each logo created in a program(such as Photoshop)?

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It's very very likely done by hand. The number of sites is small, and there may be the need subtle differences in the positioning. – Pëkka Aug 3 '10 at 22:11
Jon Skeet does them in MS Paint, but he is a robot. – Peter Ajtai Aug 3 '10 at 23:02
Awesome. If you put that as an answer I'll accept it, unless it was a joke. – Mana Aug 3 '10 at 23:19
@Peter: wrong. Jon Skeet does them in a hex editor. – squillman Aug 4 '10 at 1:34
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Obviously I don't have any inside knowledge, but I'd be pretty certain they'd be done by hand. There's only a small number of sites and as Pekka points out in a comment above, some have differences in positioning (for example the photography site logo is split across two lines).

Doing it this way would be pretty trivial given that the scribbled text is actually just a font, so it would simply be a matter of opening up an existing logo template (with the layers/text intact), changing the text, repositioning a little if necessary & exporting as a .png.

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