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Why is the icon next to the "meta" a fish?

Asked by cinnamonk (5397points) October 5th, 2016

In the button for the meta section. Why is it a fish? I understand a party hat for social, and the site logo for general, but a fish for meta?

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Mariah's avatar

The whole website is nautical-themed, because a “fluther” is the word for a group of jellyfish. So meta discussion pertaining to the website has a nautical symbol, the fish.

johnpowell's avatar

It stinks, but if breaded and covered in ketchup it is pretty good.

Meta is fish-sticks. That is what I am saying.

andrew's avatar

It’s actually grumpyfish, from the question ask page.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

You’re a true classic, @dappled_leaves, and so is your question!

Jeruba's avatar

It’s a brilliant icon, as I’ve thought since the first time I saw it. It’s not just a fish, it’s a fish looking and/or moving upward—just what “meta” means in the context of software: “a prefix added to the name of a subject and designating another subject that analyzes the original one but at a more abstract, higher level” ( “Metadata,” for example, which is data about data.

The fish in Meta is going above (in the sense of subject matter, not superiority) the general and social Q&A levels to questions about the site itself. It’s much easier to show direction of movement with a fish than with a jellyfish.

cinnamonk's avatar

@Jeruba how intriguing!

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Because the fish sees its own shadow, will winter persist for an additional six weeks?

CWOTUS's avatar

While you’re at it:

Why are the site’s predominant colors green and brown?
Why is every other response highlighted in pale green?
Why is there a magnifying glass icon next to the “Browse” link?
Why does the jellyfish icon have only three tentacles showing? And why are they so thick?
Why is @Jeruba so damn smart?
Why doesn’t @andrew show up more often?

Why don’t you ask more questions?

Strauss's avatar

@CWOTUS The answer to all those questions are all the same: Just cuz, cuz.

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