badge When I looked the badge icon of Japanese Language Stack Exchange, the first image came to my mind is the Ancient Chinese Coins.


What's it actually?

So maybe change it to other more representative & relative icon is better.

For example, the petal of cherry blossom flower (single piece).

  • Where did you see this? All I can see is あ enclosed in a circle.
    – dROOOze
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:03
  • @droooze I am saying the badge icon. it looks like Chinese old coin. The image is from wiki. It's hard to relate the Japanese Language.
    – JustWe
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:08
  • what is the "badge icon" and where can one see it? A screenshot could be helpful here. Apr 6, 2018 at 8:16
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    Hmm..most of the other SE sites use a filled circle. This icon isn't totally irrelevant, though - Japan also used coins like this in the past; see .
    – dROOOze
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:22

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It's supposed to be based on the Japanese mon coin. From Wikimedia:

coins from Wikimedia

Confirmed by Pawel in this comment thread:

@G-Cam is right - this is inspired by the "mon" coin. Chose it because it has a unique shape and can be viewed at small sizes. – Paweł May 24 '16 at 13:37

I don't know anything about Chinese or Japanese coins, so I don't know how uniquely Japanese these coins were or weren't.

However, I believe custom badges are one of the fun parts of the site that SE's designers want to get rid of in order to make all sites look the same, so I'm not sure if any proposed changes will be actively considered.

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    It's uniquely East Asian, but not uniquely Japanese. China has been minting coins like this since ~200 BCE, and China, Ryukyus, Vietnam, and Korea have been universally this kind of coin as currency before the turn of the 20th century.
    – dROOOze
    Apr 6, 2018 at 10:28

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