So a few months ago, @prisems published a Repl called “Replit Media” (Now known as “Media Dash”, you’ll see why as you read on). You can find the Repl here: https://replit.com/@MediaDash/MediaDash?v=1
Replit Media was supposed to be a site where you could get your account and your Repls featured on the site. But it was mainly about what was going on inside Replit, all the cool latest Repls, and more. Now, I thought this was a pretty cool concept at the time. I asked @prisems if I could join and help. They said yes, and I was pretty excited. But while looking at the code, I decided that this wasn’t enough. So I threw a few ideas out to @prisems and we decided we would add a system to request yourself to be featured on the site, and we would also add a forum. You can find that Repl here: https://replit.com/@MediaDash/MediaDash-V2?v=1
We never officially released V2, but here’s something crazy that happened while I was working on the backend one day. While I was coding up some features for the forum, @prisems joined the Repl and started freaking out in chat. It turns out that a few days ago Replit had sent Earth an email informing us that we had 3 days to change our name and branding and threatened to have their lawyers intervene if we didn’t comply. The logo at the time was just the Replit logo with a dark orange background. This was confusing since we were using THEIR PLATFORM, and if they didn’t want us to use their name and logo, they could just take our Repl down and email us about it. Instead, they go after some randos on the internet and say they’ll sue us over our tiny little project. We weren’t doing anything to hurt the brand, and in fact, people were liking it. It got 100+ runs and a few likes, and we got several comments on the Repl and here on the forum from people wanting to get themselves featured on the site. Anyways, @prisems didn’t read the email until we had 24 hours to change our branding. I DM’ed a bunch of people on Discord to help us think of a new name and created a post on Ask as well. Eventually, we decided on the name “Media Dash” because it sounded nice and we were running out of time to think of anything better. Luckily we weren’t too far into V2 so it wasn’t too hard to replace all the images with the new branding.
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TL;DR Replit didn’t like our name and logo and threatened to sue if we didn’t change it.
Ever since this
little incident, I’ve had a few questions.
- What can we do with the Replit logo in our Repls?
- Are we allowed to use the Replit logo in our Repls?
- Is there something wrong with the name of your Repl containing the word “Replit”?
- Why did this happen in the first place?
I’d like these questions to be answered by an official Replit worker here on the forum.
As for the rest of you, what are your weird stories? What wacky things have happened to you while using Replit? Have you ever had to go through something like this?