[Design-team] Use of flags (was Re: Wiki page for country)

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 15:07:46 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 01:36, Fabian A. Scherschel <fab at sixgun.org> wrote:
> I think flags are great, very visual and immediately understandable. As for
> controversial, you can find dissenting opinions on everything you do if your
> audience is big enough. We can't cater to *everybody* and the vast majority
> of flags are actually quite "safe", IMO.
> Fab

It is the not safe ones and the semi-safe ones that seem to cause the
most energy/time lost. China/Taiwain, various Sri Lanka and Cyprus
ones.. I think have all caused issues. I also believe there was a
problem where certain flags may only be presented in some format or
would cause legal issues (or where the display of another flag would
cause issues to people inside of one territory or another).

So yes flags are nice symbolic things that tell people what they are
getting. They can also be a major problem at times due to that exact
reason. I would say that for 80% of the flags you are going to be
mostly ok. Its that 20% that you will need to either avoid and find
something else.

Stephen J Smoogen.
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