We've already had some discussion about the possibility of changing our name and/or logo to reflect the fact that astronomy questions are on topic here, both on meta and in (1) chat (2). Initially, people were opposed, but we seem to have settled on the prospect of adding the word "astronomy" to the logo which is now received more or less positively. I'm asking this meta question to get an official community consensus of the current opinion.
As a reminder, the reason for doing this is that people who will potentially be asking questions on the site, i.e. new users, will not necessarily understand (observational) astronomy to be within the scope when they just see "Physics" in the title. Since the merger I have seen at least these
three four examples of people who were confused about the fact that astronomy questions are now on topic for this site:
- Solar Eclipse Viewing
- Is the environment around an asteroid harsher than in interplanetary space?
- When do natural leap years occur, on years based on the northern winter solstice?
(in this case the confusion was expressed in a flag message)
And these are just the people who thought astronomy was off topic and decided to post anyway. It stands to reason that there are others, perhaps a significant number, who see our site logo and name and decide not to post at all.
To be clear, the only change would be adding the word "astronomy" to the logo, perhaps something like this:
Obviously if this goes through, the actual design would be left to Jin, but this is simply a rough idea of what I'm proposing. If you have ideas about how the design should look, feel free to leave them as comments on this question.
I'm adding one answer below to serve as an indicator of the community opinion: vote up if you agree, down if you disagree. Feel free to add another answer if you want, but don't forget to express your opinion on the one "poll" answer!
If you have a reason not to add "astronomy" to the logo, please mention it either in a comment or answer!