Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:Great idea, but there's several questions to be answered first, methinks.
Should this look official?
Should it be outright humor, plain officialese, or half-believable satire?
Does there need to be a place for an official seal?
Will this be valid? (Probably not an accredited institution, but would be very cool if it was at least legally a doctorate.)
My vote is for legally valid, slightly satirical officialese, based on the doctorate certificates of major institutions, with the FSM hidden in the engraved-looking border.
This is why i've gone for different designs and included FSM/Pirate Fish watermarks on a couple of them, and also put the same images in the margins. I did actually look at some official and not-so-official doctorates for inspiration.
Maybe we could have a number of different designs with the wording to match, rather than limit it to one particular one. Or maybe, as was suggested previously (I think), have both serious and non-serious diplomas, with an official doctorate being attached to the serious one. This would, of course, then bring in the subject of a real, yet light-hearted, doctoral thesis needing to be submitted, which could then be placed onto a website for 'reference'. I think Edd went into detail about this on the previous page. It would be an interesting project to undertake.