In case you haven’t noticed it by now – Guylty is a bit of a doer, rather than a thinker, i.e. I tend to
rashly *do* first and think later. Recipe for disaster. I should’ve thought the whole button badge thing through first. Note to self: Poll button is a no-go area. But first of all thank you for your feedback, for clicking the poll button and for sending me e-mails BTS weighing in on the idea. I have spent all morning deliberating, designing, throwing designs into the bin, starting from scratch, re-evaluating the thought process behind, and generally tearing my hair out. 😀
Thing is – it’s virtually
and actually impossible
What was in my mind when I took up the suggestion of making some kind of harmless identifier was that it needs to be easily recognisable to those in the know while being “unsuspicious” and not attracting too much attention from those who don’t know RA. We want to be able to spot each others easily, but we don’t want to have people continually asking “Who is that?” or “What does that mean?” or “Why are you wearing that?”. So a funny word with the letters RA in it seem the best solution – looking as if we only wear a funny badge to those who have no idea, while identifying the wearer as a RA well-wisher by the capitalized two letters RA.
The less variations on the theme, the better so that the identifier is recognisable. A simple one-word pin with a background design that neither detracts nor obscures seems the easiest possible solution. And no copyright issues to deal with (as would be in case of a photo/other external design) as it is my own property. Something of little value so that people can take the finished object – or throw it in the bin. Especially as this is not something that is to be taken as a prescriptive badge that everyone has to wear. It’s just a fun idea, nothing political.
However, I totally take the point about the “deRAnged” epithet being controversial. distRActed or entRAnced seem to be better options and I have decided to take that into account. The grey flock wallpaper background seems to be the most popular one according to my poll. I have used that and made three different versions with three different words on them. As long as background design and colour of script are the same, they will look identical from further away, and they are recognisable as
the a RA well-wisher identifier. (For that reason I will also stay with a strong magenta as the colour – blue doesn’t stand out enough imo.)
I don’t really mind the expenses of making these badges – I can get 100 of them made for 30 Dollars/Euro, so that’s fine. But you lovely people have already responded behind the scenes, offering to make these badges because they have some badge making machine at home, or to act as postal assistants and sending out badges to fellow fans within their countries at their own costs. Thank you! So it looks as if the costs of making and distributing them are negligible. Hooray for the fandom – as usual.
Again, let me emphasise that this is not prescriptive in any way. This is a fun thing, nothing else. I am *not* the designer and shaper of the fandom, and people can make and wear whatever badge they want to. Or not wear a badge at all. I do not want to spoil the fun for anyone who has
their own a better idea. I am not demanding that my idea has to be universally applauded. Or that only my design is the one allowed to be worn. That would be ludicrous. Who am I to demand that? Everyone is free to do their own thing. I simply enjoy the idea of making a cheap little thing that I can letterbomb other unsuspecting souls with, seeing that I have a good number of addresses in my stash yet.
So here is the result from the authoritarian jury: Three identical designs, three different words. Those who don’t feel represented by “deRAnged” hopefully like “distRActed” or “entRAnced”.