Many sites in the Stack Exchange network have custom badge images, for example Game Development, Puzzling, & User Experience.

Should Politics.SE also implement this feature when we get a design? If so, please suggest which icon(s) we could use for this purpose.

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    A custom site design is one of the perks of graduation. I don't expect any changes to the theme while in beta. – yannis Feb 28 '20 at 13:26
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    @yannis Thanks, edited. I believe I'm correct in saying that not all graduated sites have custom badges though? – CDJB Feb 28 '20 at 13:27
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    Yes. There's a large backlog of graduated sites waiting for their designs. Some have been waiting for years. For more details: Design-Independent Graduation is on for early September! – yannis Feb 28 '20 at 13:33
  • Possibly a piece of paper with words on it (like maybe a constitution) or maybe a generic picture of a person because politics involves people. – Ekadh Singh Mar 30 at 18:42

If we're going to go this route, I would suggest a check inside the box. Something similar to this Font Awesome icon

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  1. It's a neutral symbol
  2. It reminds us of voting (inherently political)
  3. It's easy to do
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    IMHO, the rosettes look a lot more spiffy tho. – SurpriseDog Mar 4 '20 at 17:04
  • A politically correct answer... – Fizz Mar 12 '20 at 9:01

I think custom badges could be a way to further distinguish the site from others in the network, as well as another step down the pathway to moving out of Beta. I suggest that the icon used could be a rosette similar to campaign rosettes worn in some countries.

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    There's nothing about that that specifically says "campaign" or "politics" to me. The first thing that comes to mind is prize ribbons from various competitions / state fairs / races, etc. My suggestion would be an outline (or silhouette) of a waving flag, but I don't know if I can put an example together. – Bobson Mar 1 '20 at 16:15
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    I haven't seen those rosettes being used in a politician context outside the UK. – Sjoerd Mar 1 '20 at 17:02
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    @Sjoerd I did wonder, but a cursory check showed results for their use in other countries; possibly "many" is an exaggeration though – CDJB Mar 1 '20 at 17:04

I finally got a chance to make the flag icons I mentioned in my comment on CDJB's answer. I used this free icon as the template.

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Flags are one of (if not the) primary symbols for a country, so they're inherently political.

I'm not sure this is any better or worse than the checkmark, it just has a different slant. Flags lean more towards external politics, of and between nations, while checkmarks would be more suggestive of internal politics, between a government and its citizens.

  • Not my downvote, but I guess some[one] was not into flag waving... – Fizz Mar 12 '20 at 9:00
  • @Fizz - Apparently not. Hopefully someone who dislikes the idea will explain why they do. It could just be the same 1-2 people who downvoted on the other answers, though. – Bobson Mar 12 '20 at 12:56
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    I guess my largest objection here would be that these look like the comment flag icon – Machavity Mar 12 '20 at 13:37
  • I didn't downvote this either, so their reasoning is anyone's guess. But no answer has escaped downvoters – Machavity Mar 12 '20 at 13:45

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