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From Islam.SE temporary logo — can we vote?, the current scores are:

  • (+5/-1) اسلام (Islam)
  • (+4/-1) ﷲ الله (Allah)
  • (+2/-0) ۩
  • (+2/-0) ☪︎
  • (+1/-0) ۞
  • (+1/-1) Is (leave it alone).

Thanks for everyone who voted. It seems we need to continue discussing this.

Question: What are your current thoughts?

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Here's my thoughts (please share yours):

اسلام

  • Pro: It's popular, and it's the obvious uncontroversial choice. If we could make this work, it'd be great.

  • Con: It's wide. I tried to find a workaround, but that didn't work. It's probably going to look crammed , unless the smallest icon is abbreviated .

Maybe we need to declare this as impractical and move on to something else.

الله

  • Pro: I expect this would be straightforward to implement. It's also popular.

  • Con: I feel "iffy" using Allah in a for-profit company icon. However, I'm not strongly against it.

۩

  • Pro: It's simple, and you can see this design at mosques and halal restaurants. It also seems uncontroversial.

  • Con: What is it going to look like? It looks different on different devices. Will the icon look like a mushroom? [Maybe I'll try some mock-ups of this.]

☪︎

  • Pro: A lot of people already think this is an Islamic icon.
  • Con: There is a reasonable argument that this is Sunni-centric. I think this is a reasonable objection, enough to make me think we should avoid it.

۞

I don't like this one. It doesn't scream "Islam" to me. And it's similar to Buddhism.SE .

Is

  • Pro: It's fairly uncontroversial, and we're used to it.

  • Con: It's not very Islamic.

I guess doing nothing is indeed a possibility. It's probably not such a big deal, and it would prevent anyone being upset that their choice wasn't used.

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How about a graphic that is easily recognizable as a mosque?

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  • Basically this is the blockage: we can't use custom art. A while back Stack Exchange had a Zoom meeting, and I asked them about site design for smaller sites. They basically said they'll report back in the near future. Nov 20, 2020 at 12:57
  • @RebeccaJ.Stones I was expecting something like that, but thought if I don't ask I will not know for certain ;) On the other hand I'm not too familiar with unicode.
    – Medi1Saif Mod
    Nov 20, 2020 at 12:59

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