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Why is “Panda” chosen for error images in StackExchange.com? Is this a new meme?

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What did happen to the panda of 500? where's its head? poor panda :( – Hi I'm Frogatto Nov 22 '15 at 21:56

Seems to be creeping up in several places:

Panda

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How'd you find my exam? – James Aug 13 '10 at 14:36
    
Heh, saw this earlier today. – squillman Aug 13 '10 at 15:01

Well, all good sites need a mascot.

Twitter has the bird, we have the panda.

Maybe we should name him! I smell a contest...

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I smell a panda. – Tim Post Aug 13 '10 at 15:20
    
Pandas don't sparkle, say no to pandas. – Georg Fritzsche Aug 13 '10 at 15:34
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Pandas? Pfft! This should be our mascot. – gnostradamus Aug 13 '10 at 15:49
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We already have a whole mascot factory. unicornify.appspot.com – Pëkka Aug 13 '10 at 17:22
    
@Pekka: There's room for a panda too. After all, we have unicorns :) – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Aug 14 '10 at 17:28
    
Grooveshark already has Pickles the Panda. He gets blamed when there's downtime: flickr.com/photos/torley/3835388365 – Blumer Aug 16 '10 at 2:39
    
My suggestion: Pandy. – Humphrey Bogart Sep 4 '10 at 13:47
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Whenever I see a Panda, I am reminded of this. Please let's not choose a panda as the site's mascot – Pëkka Oct 21 '10 at 16:26

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