Do we need / want (or already have) a mascot for OpenPGP?

Randolph D. rdohm321 at
Sun Jul 7 23:09:20 CEST 2013

2013/7/7 reynt0 <reynt0 at>:
> On 07.07.2013, Hauke Laging wrote:
>  . . .
>> Linux has its cuddly penguin, BSD its devil, openSUSE the
>> chameleon...  Whether the GNU gnu increases the fun factor
>> is a difficult question... ;-)
>> I guess it would be good to have something like that for
>> OpenPGP.  Something that people both like and recognize.
>> Something that both instructors (OpenPGP courses) and
>> private people, companies and other organizations which
>> use it can put on their web pages in order to create
>> awareness.
>> I would prefer something with a strong appearance, a
>> smiling rhino or gorilla maybe. :-)
>> I am a total artistic black-out so I can hardly do more
>> about that than say "I would like to have it".
>  . . .
> A current movie and old TV show in the USA makes me think
> of, why not a masked western hero?  (Not a superhero.)  Like
> the well-known Lone Ranger, who was on the side of good
> against evil, on the side of law without being himself of
> the law, etc.  He just liked his privacy and anonymity.
> The image might even be of the masked cowboy on an archtypal rearing horse,
> fun and active, exciting.  I would be surprised
> if the "Lone Ranger" media franchise had a copyright on that
> image, they just used it like lots of western movies have
> probably since commercial movies were invented, including Zorro,
> etc.  The "cowboy" could be gender neutral, ie not displaying
> any gender characteristics.  :-)
> On the negative side, I wonder if such an image might be
> accused of being too "activist"?  Also, I suppose the image
> would have to be carefully done so it did not look like just
> some bad guy.  Maybe wear a big white western hat rather
> than a black hat?  <|8^)
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