This is my first time to participate in an SE beta. I've gotten a badge or two already, but I noticed that they show up in my notifications as the same shape as whatever other SE sites use (i.e., a film reel from Movies & TV).

When will Literature get its own badge shapes?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a problem for 2019
    – Helmar
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 9:41
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    I'm voting to leave open because this is a genuine question with a clear answer. The fact that the OP didn't know the answer doesn't mean the question should be closed.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 10:55
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    I'm voting to leave this question open, because even though it may be chronologically misplaced, it's still a valid question for Meta.Lit.
    – user80
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 12:17

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It will when it gets its own site design. However, that will be in a really looong time, probably years.

Currently the site is in private beta stage, where things like the initial scope and policies are hashed out and a good base stock in questions and answers is gathered.

When it goes well (what it currently does) it will enter public beta stage in about 3 weeks. And then it might be in public beta for a very long time, until the traffic is high enough for the site to graduate. This might take years, though, if it ever happens. And when that happens, it will eventually get its site design at some point (though, not necessarily directly when graduating), probably including custom badge icons (little book thingies anyone?).

But at this time it's really a little early to worry about this.

  • IIRC it's only 1 week from private to public beta?
    – user72
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 0:57
  • @EasterlyIrk I don't think so. The last times I saw were at least 2 weeks, but probably 3. Don't get distracted by the 7 days talk that's all around official documentations, that's as deprecated as the 90 days public betas. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 1:00
  • Ah, okay. Thanks for clarifying.
    – user72
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 1:00
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    Rule of thumb: if it's in the official documentation, it's wrong.
    – Mark
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 2:19
  • "when [graduation] happens, it will get its site design at some point" - Anime & Manga and Law would like a word with you ;-)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 17:07
  • @Randal'Thor Why? They will still get their design at some point, too. Notice how I didn't say at the same point as the graduation. I tried to elaborate a little more, though. Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 17:09
  • Well, some of those sites have waited so long (with SE design staff reshuffles in the meanwhile) that who knows whether they'll ever get designs ...
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 17:14
  • @Randal'Thor Sure, but officially they will. That is the prevailing premise until SE ultimately says "cancelled!"...or restructures the entire process into something completely different. Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 17:15
  • @b_jonas If ever, then certainly not yet. It seems way too uncertain for any hasty answer updates yet. Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 6:49


The previous answer was correct about the procedure followed before: SE sites get custom design some time after the graduation, but this takes ages because the designers are busy. But a new announcement two weeks ago by SE product manager Joe Friend explain changes in this procedure. Sites will still get custom design, but they will no longer get custom badge icons.

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