The sponsored icons is a nice concept.. From my view the "sponsoring" part is irrelevant, but the "icon" part is not - it makes the tags quickly identifiable at a glance.. No more reading a bunch of identical looking tags, there's nice unique, colourful icons next to them!

Screenshot of question with adobe sponsored tags http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/6715/adobetechicon.png

This makes it obvious the question is about Adobe-related technology. The problem is when multiple Adobe related tags are used:

Screenshot of question with multiple Adobe sponsored tags http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/7615/clutteredicons.png

That's just.. cluttered. Couldn't the Flex icon be shown next to the flex tag? Couldn't the Flash icon be shown next to the flash tag?

Mockup of question with unique icons http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/8523/uniqueicons.png

  • Your post is getting lost in the images. – random Oct 1 '09 at 10:30
  • @Smithers That does help a little. – random Oct 1 '09 at 10:56
  • It's always a pleasure to help you, random :) – Ladybug Killer Oct 1 '09 at 10:59
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    Needs freehand circles. – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 12:09

I like this idea myself, but I think ultimately it would be up to the sponsor how they decide to "iconify" tags. I mean, if Adobe wanted I'm sure they could have multiple icons (although honestly they wouldn't have the immediate visual effectiveness as the Adobe logo itself).

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    That's basically what it comes down to. We suggested the approach above, but they prefered to go with their logo instead. Obviously, we won't let someone put just anything (say... ponies) on the tag, but a company logo seemeded perfectly reasonable – Alex Papadimoulis Oct 1 '09 at 13:52
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    @Alex: If I gave you $5 would you allow the "ponies" tag to have a picture of a pony on it? – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 14:06
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    @Alex: I will give you $6 if you put an image that says "TheTXI smells" on the "ponies" tag instead. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Oct 1 '09 at 14:10
  • @Alex: I will give you $7 if you put an image that says "I Gave $7 To Get Here" on the "ponies" tag instead. – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 14:13
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    @Alex: In response to TheTXI's latest proposal, I am upping my offer to $7 and a TDWTF sticker (valued at $100). – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Oct 1 '09 at 14:15
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    @Alex: I counter with $3.50 and the head of Rich B on a paper picnic plate. – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 14:21
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    @TheTXI: Sorry, Alex has already slain Rich once. He doesn't need your help. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Oct 1 '09 at 14:22
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    You can never have too many Rich B heads hanging from your walls. And we all know once you cut one off, two more just grow back anyway. – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 14:43
  • But back to our serious discussion...Do you have a counter proposal? – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 14:44
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    @TheTXI: Of course I do: $7, the TDWTF sticker, a framed photo of Welbog poorly photoshopped as a member of the Jackson 5, and a subscription to Stormwater Magazine, which bills itself as the leading publication among surface water quality professionals throughout North America. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Oct 1 '09 at 14:53
  • @Pesto: How about $7, two envelopes full of Trilogy stickers, three lunch buffet coupons for Pizza Hut, a yellow trucker hat, and a broken mug? – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 14:57
  • @TheTXI: $7, the sticker, Welbog Jackson, Stormwater Magazine, an unopened Linksys LNE100TX Ethernet card, and the little metal 'O' that fell off my Oakley sunglasses. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Oct 1 '09 at 15:05
  • @Pesto: $8. See if you can beat that. – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 15:13
  • @TheTXI: Since the TDWTF sticker is a $100 value, I think I already did. But, if Alex acts now, I'll throw in a can of Diet Mtn Dew UltraViolet, which is mixed-berry flavored and not entirely awful. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Oct 1 '09 at 15:19
  • @Pesto: I would have to ask to have that TDWTF sticker appraised. I don't believe that anything that close to Washington D.C. can maintain its value for that long. – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 15:21

O.M.G. Ponies!!!

TheTXI http://lanai.dietpizza.ch/images/stack-overflow-omg-ponies.png

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    Hijacking my meme to beat me in votes. Well played Sir. – TheTXI Oct 1 '09 at 13:09
  • @TheTXI: go ahead and make the [waffles] tag :) – perbert Oct 1 '09 at 13:51

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