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Shaken staff at Vulture Central are today locked en masse* in the traditional darkened room sipping sweet tea following the rather adverse reaction to our redesigned comments icons. While a few people favoured us with thoughtful analysis of the new-look El Reg, most were venting steam from both ears while foaming at the mouth …


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  1. Kenny Millar

    Well obviously they should include....


    Big Bang

    Big (Credit?) Crunch


    Windows Vista "The System for the 90's "

    YANI (Yet another new iPod)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How about a Valium icon?

    And why do I have to enter a title _and_ body? Arggggh.

  3. Paul Murphy
    Paris Hilton

    Hooray - sense at last sensei

    PH, (evil)BillG (evil)SteveB are back at least, so it was worthwhile working up a sweat about this.

    I would like to see a (evil)Jobs, 2000AD and an Atari logo (mainly cos I really liked my old STe) though I don't suppose I'll get those.

    Oh well, time to send the recall signal to my army of robo-laser-gnats.

    PH 'cos she also makes me work up a sweat


  4. Andrew Robinson
    Paris Hilton

    I should bloody well think so.

    Paris - well, because she's back.

  5. Peter D'Hoye
    Dead Vulture


    and now give us back the old layout and we'll leave you alone

    One third of the width is used for adds, and half the monitor space is filled with dull grey because of the stupid fixed width. Had this redesign done in India, did you?

  6. Jeremy
    Gates Halo


    Phew! Normal service may resume...

  7. Vincent

    Icon ideas

    I would say that a "Halo" and "Devil" picture is needed to represent the Government, you could use Gordon Brown or maybe you could modify pictures of the Palace of Westminster.

    Maybe a picture of a laptop on a train as well...

    I notie that there are love and hate icons for Apple and Windows, but what about Linux as well?

    Those are all I can think of from the top of my head.

  8. AP

    Everyone needs...


  9. Marc Lawrence

    Tinfoil Hats Recommended!

    What more can one ask... thanks for the other icons returning!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    New Icons

    Can I get a Twat-oTron icon and an RTFM icon please?

  11. Colin Millar

    what about a 'Where's the XXXXX icon' icon?

    So that us commentards can easily draw your attention to future suggestions for new icons. I know that some suggestions for vital icons I have made in the past seem to have been inadvertently overlooked by reg staff.

    Unfortunately I cannot remember what any of those suggestions are - perhaps you could ask a member of staff to look back through all the old comments to find them.

    Some new ideas though

    A paytard icon (perhaps someone lighting a cigar with a twenty pound note)

    A freetard icon (A picture of a junkie mugger would suffice)

  12. adnim Silver badge

    how about,

    A bullshit icon for those quotes that say one thing but mean another.

    An IT illiterate icon for those stories of gross IT incompetence.

    An icon of a pyramid with an eye for those stories of corporate abuse of the customer/little guy.

  13. J

    Only some?

    You restored some of the icons but not all? Or is my reload failing me? (well, I hadn't used this computer with the new Reg look yet, so the new icons shouldn't be in my cache...) Dead Vulture for PM now.

    Ideas for new icons? Hm... I pass for now.

    And as I expected, the site looks fine in my smaller, lower-res (1024x768) monitor at work, while there is a tad too much idle grey space in my home wide-screen (1440x900).

  14. Kevin Murray
    Paris Hilton

    Possible images?

    Limecat, because he is not amused.

  15. Steven Foster
    Gates Halo


    They're back!

  16. Doc Dish

    How about...

    ...a Twat-O-Tron icon?

    I envisage a steampunk-style engine powered by bile, flicking spittle and sweat as it struggles to make those effete liberals understand its perfectly reasonable middle-english views.*

    *I realise this might be a bit difficult to portray in 32x32px, but I can dream.

  17. Mike Crawshaw


    Something about them. Something fair and accurate. Something that clearly indicates that they are a lying, selfish, egotistical, back-stabbing, self-serving, conniving, sleazy, dishonest, imbecilic, inbred, technophobic AND technophiliac, interfering, power-hungry, dictatorial, hypocritical ASSHOLES.

    Something like that. Especially that Gordon Brown, his eyes are too close together.

  18. Pie
    Paris Hilton


    Is back in the building...

  19. Christopher E. Stith

    Nice enough with some exceptions.

    The "REG" headstone's lettering runs together a bit much. I like the new Tux icon, but he's not as recognizable. Perhaps a BSDaemon and the flying Windows icons should balance him out, but Gates already has two icons of his own. All around, I don't see a problem. The flaming head is nice, or is that an onion family? I'm guessing it's a flaming head, which will be my icon because I'm sure that's where allowing comments on this story is heading.

  20. Jason Croghan
    Paris Hilton

    Yay :)

    Thanks Reg :)

  21. Mark

    Dead Vulture

    Where's my dead vulture gone? Bring back the bird!

    Seriously, thank you for bringing back most of the old icons. Much better!

  22. jonathan keith
    Paris Hilton

    Power to the people - right on!

    Phew. Put down the pitchforks and torches, boys, they've seen sense.

    A bit.

    Anyway, how about an "Evil Google" icon. No need to balance that with a "Good Google" icon, because we all know those days are long gone.

    Paris, because, well, she's an icon.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Icon ideas

    A steaming turd (for poor tech or any New Labour policy)

    A box of tissues (for anything truly exciting)

    A "G" eating the world (work it out....)

    A crashing vehicle (plane, train or automobile)

    Big Brother (of 1984 fame, not the bug or defectives mincing about the telly)

    A juggling walrus on a jet-ski (I just want to see if you can draw something like that icon sized)

    And, finally, how about the ability to link in our own icon (say, sub 2kb and 32x32pixels)

  24. Joe K

    Good riddance

    Where? All i see so far is the same ones that look like they were made by a 5yr old using MS Paint.

    Worst. Change. EVAR! The *proper* icons have all always been absolutely perfect.

    As for new ones, how about Tom, the Will-It-Blend guy. Handy for the new Nano page, as well as everything made by Microsoft.

  25. Dave

    Jolly Roger

    can we have a proper jolly roger icon back? This one looks like it came from some idiotic Flash game for the yoof...

    And might I suggest a "freetard" icon for the third row? No, Tux isn't always the right icon for the job.

  26. Robert St-John

    A Boris Johnson icon

    for articles that make you go "Cripes!"

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    New Icon suggestion

    How about a WTF icon ?

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    My suggestion for a new icon

    How about a great big # 1 for all the saddos derive some measure of pleasure from being the first to comment on a story ?

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Paris is back!

    24 hours without her is a day too long

  30. Adrian


    WTF in a circle = What the fcuk ?

    Large penis = what a fcuking disk

    Penis coming out of a person's head = What a fcuking dickhead

    You get the gist !!!

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    It's been requested before

    The coffee/keyboard incident icon and how about some punched cards for the "in my day..." comments

  32. Richard

    I suggest...


    Proper beer too, not that cold fizzy tasteless Euro-lager stuff.

  33. Lars Petersson


    Personally I fail to care topo much.

    Ok, fixed width is pretty amateurish, but I tend to open the articles in the printer friendly option anyway so it hardly bothers me...

    Alien because it's gotta be one of them that came up with that idea...

  34. PsyWulf
    Paris Hilton


    This is not paris

    Even Paris would be appalled

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    if it aint broke why fix it?

    why the change? it was fine the way it was.....

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Icons are rubbish.

    They're just daft anyway, ditch them completely.

  37. BillboBaggins

    Common sense wins through!

    How about a kneeling icon, for when we want to express whole hearted agreement or that we are not worthy of such wisdom (in the style of Wayne’s World)

  38. Beelzeebub
    Paris Hilton

    Icon suggestions

    Larry Ellison as devil, no need for a saint one.

    Replace Bill icons with Steve (B).

    Otherwise, cool to listen to your readers, and actually do something about it, sets a dangerous precedent methinks.

    Sarah, 'cos it's her, isn't it?

  39. Anonymous Coward


    is not always a good thing.

    Mines the one with loose change in the pocket

  40. Daniel Turner

    Icons are back!

    Well, some of the better ones are back which makes me happy :)

  41. Stylee


    How about a urinal full of ants?

    For the pedants, of course!

  42. Ian

    Pirate is still crap.

    Ok, some degree of common sense has kicked in, but who's fault was it, who actually thought the new icons were good? Enquiring minds need to know.

  43. RW


    As we used to say it in the programming bull pen I worked in for many years, "put your brain condoms on, everyone." Use for "here's something that is hardly believable, but I'm sure it's true."

  44. Tim


    Love the new changes overall, but the icons were a sore point.

    Glad that Paris and the Coat Guy are back.

  45. Richard

    I for one welcome

    ...our capitulating Reg underlings. You are servants of the people, never forget it.

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Manna from Heaven

    You could have an icon that represents the popular "I for one welcome our new overlords" phrase. Also, an icon that represents and mocks Facebook. Furthermore, an icon that represents and mocks the Web 2.0 phenomenon, although I'm not sure how you will encapsulate this with a little picture.

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    <no title>

    Well... the new ones are rather kindergarten comic style. Could have expected flak.

  48. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    Keith Vaz icon

    We need a Keith Vaz icon for "I don't understand technology but I'm frightened of it and need to pander to the Daily Mail"

  49. Lee T.

    where's the web 2.0 angle?

    bet you won't do that one now, will you?

  50. Aortic Aneurysm

    I'll get my coat...

    Preffered the new one.


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