I think that the Meta logo does not reflect its "meta" nature. What about something like that instead:
Any other ideas?
It doesn't really fit in, but I think it's pretty meta:
I'm with Adam Rackis on this one (+1 btw), only you need to try a bit more:
The meta section is about improving stackoverflow and making it better, and that could be represented in the logo. If the logo starts off as a sketch and is improved along the way, ending in a more "finished" state, like the real logo.
I'm not an expert at drawing but here's an example:
The current logo is certainly lacking sufficient waffleage.
Your first proposition makes me think of this:
Well, it would sure represent Meta better in its true purpose: give an originally serious thing to people, so they can play with it endlessly.
What about unicorn?
The current answers are trying a bit too hard. I think we should keep the original logo, but add some freehand!
Hrm. A stackoverflow occurs when another function is called and its variables overwrite beyond the end of the stack, possibly onto other important data.
So if we abstract that out another level...
Hrm. I shall have to ponder this further. Currently the only thing I can think of is the error message that occurs when an error message can't be displayed due to a problem with the error message handler.
That's hard to realize in a simple logo though...
All of the above really do describe what meta is all about, and it's a nice, catchy idiom.
I'm thinking something along the lines of this for logo:
The SO font should be used, and the graphic itself isn't great, but it gives the general idea.
Needs more freehand circles!
@Adam Davis posted:
Currently the only thing I can think of is the error message that occurs when an error message can't be displayed due to a problem with the error message handler
Which made me immediately think of this
Hmm, hows that for a logo!
Another idea: Escher hands.
Perhaps a more beer-oriented logo?
I'm rubbish at graphics, but I would suggest some metasymbol, like "::="