[Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage logo

MZMcBride z at mzmcbride.com
Sat Jun 1 03:21:24 UTC 2013

Michelle Paulson wrote:
>Since then, the Foundation has received a cease-and-desist letter from the
>WTO, requesting that we change the logo. While we wish that the WTO agreed
>with our assessment that the two logos contain substantial differences and
>could co-exist, we understand their concern. We still believe that there
>are some significant differences between the Wikivoyage logo and the WTO,
>however, such arguments are not guaranteed to win if we were to legally
>oppose this request because there are also some substantial similarities.
>With this in mind, as well as the fact that the Wikivoyage logo is still
>relatively new and has not had a chance to build significant brand
>recognition yet, we believe the better solution is to hold a new community
>contest for a new logo.

Will the current Wikivoyage logo be an option in this upcoming logo
selection contest? If the Wikivoyage community is strongly in favor of
retaining the logo it already approved, what are options?

I don't believe there's any precedent for the Wikimedia Foundation vetoing
a community-approved logo in this manner. (Is there?) This seems like
unchartered territory for Wikimedia, so it's important to be cautious and
careful, I think.

>We believe that the community is the best body to decide what logo should
>represent their hard work and hope that interested community members will
>take this opportunity to once again showcase their creativity and talent
>by submitting designs.

As I posted on the relevant Meta-Wiki talk page just now, the Wikimedia
community cannot feel rushed or pressured to accept this new logo
selection procedure. Typically a discussion of this nature would last at
least thirty days, from my experience.

This leaves two options, as I see it: pushing back the timeline for the
selection of a Wikivoyage logo by a few weeks or not using this procedure
for the selection of the next Wikivoyage logo.


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