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I expected that the icon would be "OS" - for Open Source - but it appears to be "FOS". I assume that this stands for some mash-up of "Free Software" and "Open Source", possibly stemming from this discussion.

I'm not sure where I stand on the name-of-the-site issue, but I do know that, currently, the site name is "Open Source", and I think it makes more sense to make the icon "OS".

So, my question is twofold:

  1. Why is the icon "FOS"?
  2. Should we change it, at least for now?
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  • OS is Operating System/s to me. Not Open Source. I acronymize Operating System/s, but not open source. I have read, a lot, FOSS for Free and Open Source Software and FLOSS for Free/Libre Open Source Software, though. – 13042 Sep 6 '19 at 21:13
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I'm not too concerned, as these icons aren't that important anyway; we should be aiming for graduation where we'll get a properly designed icon.

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    You realize graduation could theoretically take 1.6k days? Solve this problem now, don't wait. – Mast Jun 24 '15 at 8:50
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To answer your second point: Should we change it, at least for now?

Yes. There's no F in our name, so why should there be in the logo? That F may be relevant as indicated by others, but it's also very confusing. As long as there's no F in our sites name, there shouldn't be one in the logo either.

Get rid of it.

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  • OS is Operating System/s to me. Not Open Source. I acronymize Operating System/s, but not open source. I have read, a lot, FOSS for Free and Open Source Software and FLOSS for Free/Libre Open Source Software, though. – 13042 Sep 6 '19 at 21:16
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My worry about the word "free" in the site description attracting questions on software with no cost doesn't apply to the letter "F" in the icon, so I don't have an objection here.

I'm not personally fond of either "FOS" or "OS" for the icon, so I have no preference.

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    I know that this isn't related to the site icon, but Free Software should have a reference here, as it comprises many open source traits, and there is an entirely related organization - the Free Software Foundation. I think we should have it, and with a wonderfully active community like ours, we can police this. – Zizouz212 Jun 24 '15 at 1:47
  • @Zizouz212 you can have your say on where/whether we should use the word free in the question I linked to - we need all the feedback we can get to see what the community prefers. – trichoplax Jun 24 '15 at 1:49
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    Yeah, I submitted an answer there just now :D – Zizouz212 Jun 24 '15 at 1:52
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It should be changed to FLO because "source" is a software term mostly and this is explicitly about Free/Libre/Open type issues for all sorts of works, not just programs.

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