A few weeks ago, I posted an image of Wikipe-tan holding up a sign with “The Game” written on it.
That is a modified version of Wikipe-tan_holding_sign.png on Wikipedia.
So, who is Wikipe-tan?
The idea of a moe anthropomorphic mascot for Wikipedia, like the OS-tans, was first proposed on January 5, 2006. Wikipedia had a mascot vote at the time. Japanese Wikipedia user Kasuga created two images, licensed them under the GFDL, and Wikipe-tan was entered in the contest.
In the end, the Wikipede won, but Wikipe-tan continued to be used around Wikipedia. In 2006, she became the mascot of the Anime and manga WikiProject and the Counter-Vandalism Unit. Today, she is also used or has been used by WikiProject Holidays’ Christmas task force and Admin coaching.
The puzzle pieces that Wikipe-tan wears are pieces from the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_Logo_1.0.png"old Wikipedia puzzle ball that have been changed or corrected. The piece on her chest reads “ワィ”, which is a misspelling of “ウィ”, the first syllable in the Japanese transliteration of Wikipedia, “ウィキピエディア”. The piece on the left side of her head reads “祖”; the corresponding piece on the puzzle ball reads “袓”, a character in Chinese not used in Japanese (this piece is not present in the current logo).
Many images have been created since Kasuga’s first image in 2006, both by Kasuga and by others. A Wikipedia-namespace page holds an image gallery for Wikipe-tan. Check it out!