Should there be a Bitcoin equivalent of Tux?

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Many questions on this forum center on the idea of getting Bitcoin to go mainstream. One mechanism that the Linux team employed for their distros was the idea of a mascot - the Linux penguin, Tux (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tux).

So should Bitcoin have an equivalent? And if you think so, what would you suggest and why?

Gary Rowe

Posted 2011-10-21T09:05:09.333

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Question was closed 2011-10-21T14:47:33.520

4I think that this question is not very appropriate for our Q&A format. There is not on real answer to this. A discussion forum would be a better place to gather ideas. – nmat – 2011-10-21T14:00:54.337

If you start a forum thread on that, please paste a link here;). – ThePiachu – 2011-10-21T15:28:53.470

Created a forum thread for this: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=49289.0

– ThePiachu – 2011-10-21T17:24:19.647

And it's a good thing I'm not a moderator there, because that thread is a duplicate of this one ;)

– David Perry – 2011-10-21T18:47:49.120

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Allie the Apaca ! http://www.livanti-alpacas.com/images/photos/alpaca_horizon.jpg

A lot of the early bitcoin coverage mentioned the fact that you buy alpaca socks so I think the alpaca should be the bitcoin mascot. Obvious names are Al and Allie. I think Allie is cuter.

user204

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... and a Bitcoin badge... could be on to something here – Gary Rowe – 2011-10-21T09:45:00.730

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As the first thing that one can associate with the word "Bitcoin" is a coin, one should probably go in that direction. Since coins are not very animate in themselves and anthropomorphizing them would probably look silly, probably something that has a strong correlation with a coin is the way to go. One can think of materials - gold and silver, specific faces from the coins (which is too local to consider), and people dealing with coins and money - bankers, tax-collectors, those figures don't really have any good connotations in general. There is one more group of people that are associated with coins - pirates, which whereas can have negative connotations (digital piracy), are also considered positive in some manners (Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.). So I think we should be considering some pirate with a chest full of Bitcoins.

Alternatively, there are also other more fantasy creatures people associate with coins or precious metals - leprechauns, dwarves, and the like. Whereas those don't have much negative connotations, their positive connotations aren't very prevalent either, so I would stick with pirates.

ThePiachu

Posted 2011-10-21T09:05:09.333

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1Pirates seem to be getting a bad name in the press these days: music downloads, Somalia. But then they are also associated with liberty and freedom from authority. As a mascot, I think it might be too charged - or I might be reading too much into it. – Gary Rowe – 2011-10-21T09:42:41.137

1Oh boy, please no pirates! Pirates are not positive in any way whatsoever. – Sean Chapman – 2011-10-21T12:58:04.697

1"Join Bitcoin and have your coins stolen by pirates with big chests of Bitcoin!" comes to mind... maybe that's just me also though.. – Sean Chapman – 2011-10-21T12:59:51.620

How about "do what you want, 'cos a pirate is free?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbq_1Wy70rE

– ThePiachu – 2011-10-21T15:28:03.097

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Sure ! bitcoin need a mascot !

+1 for the alpaca, good idea

a spider could also be a good idea, typically some kind of collaborative spiders ( most spiders work alone but there are also some small ones who work together to build gigantic webs )

neofutur

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2Hmm, not so sure about a spider - arachnaphobia is quite common and could get confused with Halloween – Gary Rowe – 2011-10-21T09:30:54.163