Over in SO there are some tags that have little icons in them ([Android], various Adobe related tags, etc.) which are both annoying (why should Adobe get extra advertising for free?) and nice (easy to understand quickly what the tag is about).

I think we should have a little discussion about some of our tags being augmented with graphics. I can think of a few: [latex] (the typeset \latex ofcourse), [mathmode] (a $-sign?, or a formula e^{i \pi}?) [symbols] (one of the crazy math symbols), [debugging] (a little red ladybug?)

anyhow, maybe this is too early, silly, not important...that's why I'm asking what people think!


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I don't think anyone gets advertising for free. As far as I know, these decorated tags are because Adobe paid for it. I also think they're ugly as hell, and unless it's an important source of income, I'd rather avoid them....

  • Yes, as far as I know, those tags are sponsored. I like them, though. Commented Aug 10, 2010 at 12:56
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    I like them too, but only when the icon on the tag actually represents the tag. Unless they can be restricted in that manner, I vote against having them at all.
    – David Z
    Commented Aug 10, 2010 at 21:01
  • So unless e.g. the AMS wants to pay for them ...
    – SamB
    Commented Nov 29, 2010 at 21:28

They're the opposite of free; they're because a company paid to sponsor them

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