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Question: Which symbol do you like best?
฿ - 197 (41.9%)
- 35 (7.4%)
- 68 (14.5%)
Ƀ - 96 (20.4%)
¤ - 1 (0.2%)
None of the above - 73 (15.5%)
Total Voters: 466

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January 15, 2011, 05:49:38 AM
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2ⓑ|!2ⓑ, that is the question!

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January 15, 2011, 06:50:32 AM
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2ⓑ|!2ⓑ, that is the question!

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February 18, 2011, 08:10:23 AM
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฿TC are exellent in my opinion the $ symbol is very simillar but we need a common symbol for example tree letter for U$S are USD bitcoin have a tree letters BTC but not have a unicode symbol just adopt ฿ =)

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February 18, 2011, 10:09:17 AM
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My argument is that it should be represented by a character that everyone can understand. If for example I told my grandmother that I was going to send her a bitcoin then I'd like her to understand the currency when it comes to her in [character]1 where [character] is whatever is being used to represent bitcoin.

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February 18, 2011, 10:59:39 AM
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I live in Thailand and it would confuse the hell out of me if websites started offering services using the Thai baht symbol, you'd have no idea if they're talking about BitCoin or Baht.

Why not make your own symbol instead of taking someone else's? Do you really have no imagination yourself that you can't come up with your own symbol? Why do some of you care so much that bitcoin has to use this symbol?

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February 18, 2011, 11:24:03 AM
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I don't like the ฿ from the beginning. It looks like a crossed out (because of error) B. And the fact that it is already being used for the Thai currency puts me off.

The $ sign is being used by many currencies, but I guess these countries adopted the sign before the age of globalization.

Since we are creating a new sign from scratch, we should really try to avoid something that is ready in used.

In the long run, bitcoin might become the global internet currency, so exchanges between other currencies will become very common. So we need to avoid the possible confusion 1฿ = 2฿, and not knowing which is Thai, which is bitcoin. We can never assume people will also make things clear. Some mistakes are totally unintentional.

The representation of Byte (B) and bit (b) is a good point, so many people prefer the ⓑ.

However, the Ⓑ is closer to current logo, and it renders better in small fonts.
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February 18, 2011, 11:59:28 AM
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I'm going to toss my vote in for Ⓑ

Since it really does look like the logo.

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February 18, 2011, 12:11:49 PM
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I live in Thailand and it would confuse the hell out of me if websites started offering services using the Thai baht symbol, you'd have no idea if they're talking about BitCoin or Baht.

Why not make your own symbol instead of taking someone else's? Do you really have no imagination yourself that you can't come up with your own symbol? Why do some of you care so much that bitcoin has to use this symbol?

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February 18, 2011, 03:58:32 PM
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I'm going to toss my vote in for Ⓑ

Since it really does look like the logo.

I vote for that as well. I really like the logo as it quickly makes it clear what bitcoin is all about. It communicates the idea of money quickly and easily, without the need for wordy explanations. The Ⓑ recalls the logo, and so would become easily recognizable as the bitcoin symbol.

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February 18, 2011, 04:44:25 PM
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I'm going to toss my vote in for Ⓑ

Since it really does look like the logo.

I vote for that as well. I really like the logo as it quickly makes it clear what bitcoin is all about. It communicates the idea of money quickly and easily, without the need for wordy explanations. The Ⓑ recalls the logo, and so would become easily recognizable as the bitcoin symbol.

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Let's sum it up:

1) Ⓑ is not like any other currency, so perhaps it should have a different symbol unlike dollar $ / euro € which have lines through the letter.
2) Ⓑ resembles a "coin"
3) Ⓑ looks like the logo (as already said)
4) Ⓑ ?? ??
5) Ⓑ PROFIT !!

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February 20, 2011, 09:05:41 AM
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How about a b'at, an @ with a "b" instead of an "a" inside? It's round like a coin, got the B for Bitcoin, and borrows an style already widelly associated with computers! Cheesy

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February 20, 2011, 09:27:25 AM
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soo...



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February 20, 2011, 09:31:29 AM
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I pictured it with the tail comming out following the curve at the bottom of the b, not straight down and then around, but that's close.

The way i picture it, the tail starts kinda sideways/to the side like with the @.

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February 20, 2011, 09:44:17 AM
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so, like an @, but backwards?

If this gains approval, I could fix it.

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February 20, 2011, 09:49:18 AM
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No, not backwards, the tail is almost exactly the same way.

I'm installing Inkscape on my machine right now, in a few moments i should be able to provide a decent representation of what i mean.

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February 20, 2011, 10:02:11 AM
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Go for it, that was just a 5-minute hack-job in GIMP.. I still like Ⓑ. It's inclusion in the current unicode set, imo, beats the "but it's not perfect" argument. Smiley

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February 20, 2011, 10:10:16 AM
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soo...



A symbol like this needs to be suitable for handwriting, like the "@" sign, but it's hard to do this with "b". Try it and you'll see what I mean.
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February 20, 2011, 10:14:30 AM
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well, it wouldn't be tooooo hard, if you did the line as one stroke, and then the two circles as another, but it would definitely take some getting used to, and not flow as naturally as @.

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February 20, 2011, 10:14:56 AM
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Ok, kinda like this:



(i created this using the b and @ of the Comics Sans font, removing the a part, merging the b, and tweaking where the tail meets the b, and a few little distortions of the b itself to fit better inside the tail)



edit: i tried writing both the @ and the b'at on paper a few times, and didn't notice any difference in the dificulty of writing one and the other.

edit2: i would like to suggest that this character be accessed in keyboards by using AltGr+B whenever the layout doesn't have another character there with higher priority.


edit3:am i doing somthing wrong or the forum really has email notifications disabled?

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February 20, 2011, 08:31:55 PM
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Well, I like ⓑ and Ⓑ so I put together a wiki page on how to make them super easy to type on a Mac. Could somebody donate instructions for Linux and Windows too?

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/How_to_easily_type_the_circled_B_symbol_on_a_Mac
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