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2002 Mascot competition
Wikipedia had voted for a mascot late in 2002, before the new logo contest. While many people supported the notion of a mascot, others also argued against it, and the idea stayed where it was. The "contest" for the mascot was hosted at meta:Mascot.
- The Wikipede
- The Wikipede needs a personal name (current suggestions are Kip and Alder). He is male, bookish, and an individualist. He hangs around the picture help page a lot.
All that being said, they seem to be essentially the same creature, both having six legs (unfaithful to the centipede), wide eyes, round head and torso, and antennae. People liked the character of the Wikipede, but disliked the idea of a centipede as "too creepy". The ant was likewise popular since it presented numerous design alternatives, but it lacked the individualist character.
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Since then, several informal Wikipedia mascots have been developed; among the most popular is Wikipe-tan, originally the logo of the Anime and Manga WikiProject. Wikipe-tan is a moe anthropomorphization of Wikipedia. Tan is a diminutive Japanese honorific. She sometimes uses sock puppets, but only for good. (we've been told)
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