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UPDATE MARCH 24, 2016

After some further thinking, To maintain consistency I decided to go with Winkle-bot for all three images:

Captcha, 404, and Error Winkle

Captcha, 404, and Error Winkle-bots

These will be live with the next production build.


UPDATE MARCH 23, 2016

Based on the feedback below, here are three ideas for the error, 404, and captcha images:

Error

Error: While I can't change the headline on the page as suggested in this answer, I can place this common Magento error message within the image.

404

404: So the thought here is Magento is an e-commerce platform. This means people buy things. Things are shipped in boxes. Boxes can be stacked. Box stacks could be made to look like numbers with some conveniently placed forklifts.

Captcha

Captcha: This is a computer sporting Phil Winkle's hair.


ORGINAL:

For those who don't know me: Hello! My name is Joshua and I'm a Senior Product Designer at Stack Overflow. I've been working on your community site theme. (I hope you've been enjoying it.)

There is one more thing to finish and I could use some help. On all our Page Not Found (404), Error, and Captcha pages, we customize images for each community. Some examples are:

Academia' Error Page Academia's error page helps communicate that something is currently "off" be tilting the tower in the header.

Cryptography's 404 Page Cryptography's 404 page uses a puzzled John Nash (played by Russell Crowe) from "A Beautiful Mind" to show that we're all looking for something.

Movies & TV's Captcha Page Movies & TV's captcha page uses HAL 9000 (from "2001: Space Odyssey") to help verify people interacting on the site are humans and not robots.

As you can see in the three examples above, these pages are a way to further express the site's topic—even when things go awry.

Typically these are designed when we launch the website, but I struggled to come up with interesting ideas prior to the site launch. And as it isn't a required element, we delayed it hoping the following weeks we would do them. Despite the best intentions though, we still have not done this and the main reason is I'm still stumped on ideas.

So can you help? What ideas for error, page not found, and captcha pages do you have? Help me create some unique and interesting pages for Magento.

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    "Captcha: This is a computer sporting Phil Winkle's hair." - this is a sentence I would not have expected to read. Nice :D – Fabian Schmengler Mar 23 '16 at 21:22
  • I dont really like the 404 but I'm amazed by the captcha. Exactly what I would have expected – Raphael at Digital Pianism Mar 23 '16 at 22:52
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I'm not sure yet if this is too cruel but you could replace "Ooops! Something bad happened" with the all too well known phrase "There has been an error processing your request"

  • I like the..."there has been an error processing your request". That would be quite a scare. – Marius Mar 23 '16 at 7:57
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    Unfortunately we don't customize headlines on a per site basis. We could work this phrase into the image though. – Hynes Mar 23 '16 at 15:12
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Here is my proposal for the 404 not found page.

The idea is based on famous misspell regarding Magento: Magneto. Everyone here has probably made the mistake typing too fast on the keyboard.

As we all know mistake typing an URL often leads to the 404 page.

Thus I would like to see a designed version of Magneto from X men in the 404 page.

Something like this:

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If it was for a 503 page I also would have added the "You shall not pass" phrase as it's the same actor that plays Magneto and Gandalf in the movies. But I guess that would be irrelevant on a 404.

Regarding the captcha page I was thinking, what about a "are you human?" phrase with a picture of Phil Winkle's hair as he seems to have a lot of non human related accounts on the Internet. Maybe too much of a private joke here.

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    I approve the use of my hair for the 404 page :) lol – philwinkle Mar 23 '16 at 7:27
  • I like the idea, but I don't know if we are allowed to use Magneto's face. The helmet is one thing, but the face... – Marius Mar 23 '16 at 7:56
  • @Marius yeah I reckon we need to be careful here. But I reckon a handmade version of Magneto (not taken from the web) should be allowed ? – Raphael at Digital Pianism Mar 23 '16 at 8:36
  • @Marius but I reckon as the cryptography 404 page uses a picture of Russel Crowe that shouldn't be a problem – Raphael at Digital Pianism Mar 23 '16 at 8:43
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    @philwinkle I approve to the use of your hair and "the Ben T-shirt" at once. – Marius Mar 23 '16 at 8:52
  • Won't we run into copyright infringement sticking to the Magneto and X-men stuff? – Julien Lachal Mar 23 '16 at 12:31
  • @JulienLachal yes I'm not too sure but as I said the cryptography 404 uses a picture of Russel Crowe from "A beautiful mind" movie. To me, that's similar – Raphael at Digital Pianism Mar 23 '16 at 12:33
  • @RaphaelatDigitalPianism Then let's roll baby! – Julien Lachal Mar 23 '16 at 12:34
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    I ran the idea of a Magneto image by the design team internally. We've determined that this is most likely a copyright violation and shouldn't knowingly use an image without securing the proper permission. We could explore a parody version, but that requires more time. The image above using Russell Crowe is in violation and will be updated as well. – Hynes Mar 23 '16 at 17:09
  • @Hynes too bad. A parody version would be fun though – Raphael at Digital Pianism Mar 23 '16 at 19:07
  • @Hynes that's what I thought. – Julien Lachal Mar 24 '16 at 11:34
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There are a lot of meme-type things that have been done with my visage, but nothing do freakin' cool as Winkle-bot. Cheers!!

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