Don't under estimate the sentimental value of the Green man ... Companies spend many years/dollars to develop symbols like that to help build brand awareness (think Nike and the swoosh)
I think the green man is genious and definately one of the reasons this site stood out from the competition. I think you'd be crazy not to bring back in some form.
Sorry for the nerdy business talk, but thought it was a good point ...
Absolutely, a great point!!! Some companies not only spend years but millions of dollars to get their consumers (or, in this case surfers) to recognize a symbol for a brand. If you've gotten them to develope an emotional tie, you've done even better.
That is an interesting idea - thanks! I think it is more of a sentimental attachment to the green man, then an actual useful resource at this point.
I also mainly use the timeline for the at a glance look as well. The green/blue/red icons were created before the surf timeline is what it is now, which made them much more relevant.
thank god... i was getting worried there for a while. i thought u killed the swellinfo maskot.. tottally sentimental. I would actually prolly buy little green man T-shirts if you had em. anybody back me up on that?