Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange started on 11 January 2011, which means the site is less than two months away from being a decade old! That's a pretty big milestone, so do we, as a community, want to mark the occasion with any special events or celebrations?

Word from SE is that we can get a special temporary birthday banner, looking something like this (image from Ask Ubuntu, which turned 10 years old a few months ago). I don't know how much more we can get on the design/support side of things, but certainly we're able to organise community events if there's enough interest.

Links from other sites' metas that recently turned 10, if you need inspiration:

I'm posting this pretty early, two months ahead of the birthday date, because of the impending holiday period: I guess fewer people will be actively using SE during most of the weeks leading up to 11 January. Also it gives us more time to discuss and brainstorm different ideas.

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    Not to seem ungrateful, but can we ask for a banner that looks less like it belongs on Geocities circa 1996? – Valorum Nov 21 '20 at 23:53
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    @Valorum I don't actually know how much it's customisable. Something that fits with our own site theme would be nice, if possible. I'll ask. – Rand al'Thor Nov 21 '20 at 23:54
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    Don't look to the Physics site for inspiration; over there we have done jack squat. – Buzz Nov 22 '20 at 2:27
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    Maybe SE can finally reward this achievement by giving us back a proper theme. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 22 '20 at 9:52
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    Delete the whole site? – Möoz Nov 22 '20 at 22:12
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    @Möoz or rather, create a paradox (preferably involving a time-traveling robot), causing the entire site to never have existed. – SQB Nov 23 '20 at 12:18
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    @TheLethalCarrot Is one hundred degrees the Angle of Death? – Rand al'Thor Nov 23 '20 at 12:45
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    We could all watch the Star Wars Holiday Special, and then contemplate the possibility that we've collectively managed to create something even worse. (I kid, of course — my nonsense excluded, this community is great.) – Paul D. Waite Nov 24 '20 at 17:40
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    Watch the tenth episode of all of the Star Treks? – Azor Ahai -him- Nov 28 '20 at 5:04
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    I think the Top 10 Users should give away 10,000k rep in bounties! – Skooba Dec 2 '20 at 12:56
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    @Skooba 10k or 10,000k? – Rand al'Thor Dec 2 '20 at 13:14
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    Every active member deserves a vacation in the Caribbean. I could have sponsored if COVID-19 situation wasn't there. – Harley Quinn Dec 2 '20 at 17:33
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    @Randal'Thor Does SE offer rep loans? – Skooba Dec 2 '20 at 19:47
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    "Very well, thank you" – lfurini Dec 2 '20 at 20:18
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    Alas, ten years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable users. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve! – Amarth Dec 4 '20 at 16:11

For the record, what we did in the end amounts to the following:

  • A commemorative blog post written by our very own blog admin Jack B Nimble, including one-liners from various site users (currently 10, including moderators, high-rep users, former moderators, and former high-rep users) expressing their views on the site over the years.
  • Starting up a new topic challenge program, kicking it off in the ten-year anniversary month with the topic of Isaac Asimov and his works. In its first week, the call for proposals for future topic challenges has already attracted 7 answers from 5 different users.

That's pretty much it, I think (I'm writing this on 15 January 2021, four days after the anniversary date). Not a massive celebration, but a nice recognition for this significant milestone.

Here's to the next ten years!

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