I am somewhat leery of spending much time on meta discussions these days. The elections are near and we have other fish to fry. The blogosphere is engaged in these issues and I think we don't look so good spending so much time at the mirror just now. There are technical issues that need to be resolved as well, though not that many and none urgent, but certainly a priority over image definitions.
That said, Vinteuil did a diary about the banner that attracted some attention. HankP declared himself impatient to define the site better (I think), and Elagabulus proposed a banner, actually several, while Timmy wonders whether our name actually includes the 'the', or if that is a mere artifact of domain registration constraints.
I noted in that discussion that we should follow a process whereby we first define what the site actually is, besides being the new home of the formerly tacitus.org community. Irving caught the spirit of that question and came up with this definition which I for one agree with:
If the site's concept is one of classical, reasoned, philosophical & political debate...then the name and graphics are purposed to differentiate the site from the heated, emotional rhetoric of today.
Thus a calm, analytical, classical style. With the Roman Forum the most popularly identified classicial concept of such a place...
He also, within this idea, identified a good question:
Should the site be restricted to just Roman themes? I seem to remember things didn't turn out to well for them. Or should the site, while named for the most recognizable, adopt a series of classical elements representing a multi-sub-culturalism of input, though subordinate to a primary cultural identity.
I'm setting up this story to ask the community: Do you agree with Irving's definition? If so, how do you answer his question about the Roman theme? If not, what is your alternative?
And, also, is the actual name "the Forum", "The Forvm", "Forvum", or something else?
Please also stay on topic. I may delete comments that stray too far, particularly if the thread grows long. This is meant as a reference for future votes and or design work so let's keep a high signal to noise ratio.