As we're getting closer to launch the site, I need your help with some ideas for the images on the 404/Error/Captcha pages.

I typically keep these images somewhat whimsical or clever, but fitting to the design of the theme and site topic. The final theme of this site will have a grid paper background, see the design concept post.

Here are some of the pages from other SE sites, to give you an idea.

Gaming site CAPTCHA

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Let me know if you have any ideas. I imagine it'd be something circuitry related. Please keep in mind, I prefer to use original, or public domain images.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I couldn't remember what each of those pages was for, so I had to go find them. I added the text and links to those pages. It's a really long question now, but hopefully it's easier to answer. (There's a list with a few more pages here; none of the others have images) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @reemrevnivek appreciate the edit! \$\endgroup\$
    – Jin
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 20:55

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Stuff like this?

enter image description here http://flic.kr/p/Pc5n enter image description here http://flic.kr/p/irnLA enter image description here http://flic.kr/p/74FB2v enter image description here more here

"Oops. Someone let out the magic smoke."

  • \$\begingroup\$ @Endolith - I assume this style image is for the error page? I think that's a great idea. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 19:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Endolith - The first image is by-nc, the second is by-nc-sa, the third is also by-nc (But it's yours, I assume that could be worked out-but it's probably best if it's explicit), and the fourth has no link. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 19:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jin - Are these licenses OK? Where and what should we look for in a license? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 19:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nedolith, @jin, I love the "Oops. Someone let out the magic smoke idea." \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 23:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ The last two are mine, so they can be whatever license, but they're not particularly good, just examples of what I'm thinking of \$\endgroup\$
    – endolith
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 5:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @endolith - The second-to-last is a great looking board, but the destruction isn't as obvious as I think we'd like it to be. The last, though, is great IMO. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 21:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ I took a few more of these. :) I'll clean them up and put them on Flickr later. \$\endgroup\$
    – endolith
    Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 19:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ more here \$\endgroup\$
    – endolith
    Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 2:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1. Horrifying, and yet beautiful. Each photo is a train wreck I can't stop looking at. \$\endgroup\$
    – davidcary
    Commented Mar 29, 2011 at 15:23

For the 404 error: There are plenty of pictures of crazy wire-wrap messes, or breadboard projects out of control. Here are a couple images of a bed-of-nails tester I get to work with (and it's not even that bad...)

This one is my favorite for the image

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I'm not sure about a tagline. Something along the lines of "Connection error" should work...

  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ "unable to find the wire (thread?) you were looking for" \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Commented Mar 19, 2011 at 13:54

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