- What are some visual cues that people instinctively know as "Emacs"?
Emacs is strongly associated with the Lisp language, which in-turn is
based on functional programming and lambda (λ) calculus. Many languages
have been derived from this modest start, including elisp, which is
the specific lisp dialect in Emacs. They use parenthesis prominently
and over the years the parenthesis character came to be associated
with the lisp, elisp, and by extension, Emacs.
- Where can I go to learn more about Emacs (beyond the random
The main GNU Emacs project page, https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/
is the place to start.
- Is there a design style / aesthetic that you think would be a good
fit for this community?
A good fit would be emacs itself: economy, simplicity, devoid of
clutter, ornamentation, and affectations. The aesthetic it espouses is
the efficiency of finishing the task at hand and not how many widgets
or colors or icons one has to become familiar with before becoming
productive. In this world of swift efficiency, even one extra
keystroke is a burden to be avoided. Yet that has not stopped endless
colorful themes, widgets, pop-ups, and do-dats in Emacs. Many other
editors are entirely emulated inside Emacs even if users are warned it
is evil. When the Emacs community wakes up to a new idea, you can bet
there would be one implmentation in Emacs by lunch, and several
advancements by day's end. Longtime SO Emacs community members come
from this background.
- If this community were a movie, what would it be?
A bad movie because there is no drama.
- Which symbols or styles should be avoided?
Baroque, rococo, ornamentation, emojis, buttons shaped like pills and multi-colored Skittles.