It is my belief that computing attracts a very particular personality type as well - the INTP...
I usually don't use such direct wording, but that's ridiculous. Everyone uses computer nowadays.
If you're talking about making Mint more attractive, you'd be wanting people from all walks of life. Not just the INTP type. INTP don't need silly mascots to be attracted.
Remember this annoying guy from Microsoft?
OK, let me clarify a bit. For the record, while it has taken a while to get people into Linux, oddly enough, as I count the 'converts' every single one has been an INFP, excluding the local orphans.
Two of them are serious anime fans. Of those two one is going into electronic engineering so of course life is not so simple.
I concur that lots of different type of people use technology and Linux. That is a given.
However, if I may defend myself a little. .. certain occupations do attract certain personality types and the real, hard core techie does tend towards being the INTP type ala Linus Torvalds...
And they tend to be the ones who frequent (and moderate!) technical boards like this one! On a Linux forum I doubt you are going to find much support for mascot or cute!! As I believe I have just demonstrated!
A mascot might get more traction among other personality types including the hopelessly starry eyes INFPs (I suffer the affliction.
) But one is likely to get better feedback on a mascot character on other forums which are more likely to attract the other types. I think you will find that technical forums are rather INTP dominated!
Discussion of a mascot caracter especially a TAN or anime char might be best done, oddly enough, on an anime forum. I belong to an AMV forum, though I have had very little time for it this year with the demands of setting up my business. Man, am I looking forward to next year when all the initial set up costs and work is complete! Heck, my Hatsune Miku tribute video is just frozen in development!
But I would also argue that I do not see how a mascot actually work because I think mascots actually work with technology. The only exception I can point to, and it's more because the mascot is the product is Hatsune Miku!
I have got the INFP's over by showing them what Mint can do and showing off my AMV's and then getting the prospective 'victims; to guess how much the software cost for me to create...
"$100" is the usual guess,
Then I demo more from there.
Tux has worked as a general Linux logo but not, I would argue, as a mascot and I fear that the techies working with servers, development, engineering and the like would scream blue murder if they were represented by a cutesy mascot! I think there would be mascot wars...! I also fear this would generate negative publicity for Linux. OK, i grant we are only talking Mint which is a desktop distro but I still fear...
As it is, I cannot think of a mascot character outside of Tux, which is more of a Logo, that I can associate with any technology. I grant your note regarding clippie but clippie was not a mascot character. He/it was more like Miku - a feature. And Clippie was loathed and despised!
Frankly, the real issue with getting greater traction with Linux I find is the ENTRENCHED belief that Linux is a techie's only OS which is really hard to use with no usable software. Then there is Windows inertia with people absolutely unwilling to move from Windows even when learning Windows 10 is harder move from 7 than (say) Mint Linux KDE. mascot is not going to the ignorant masses because they are, well, ignorant. I mean that literally. Joe Publis still has no idea what Linus, especially a distro like Mint, is like! They are still stuck with a vision of Linux circa 1999!
So... if a mascot character is to really be discussed for Mint Linux, I suspect the idea would actually get more traction on other forums related to art and design rather than here. I fear too many techies who would (and have) vomited over the idea!
But I must admit that while I personally like the idea of a green haired Gumi like (joke notwithstanding)character representing Mint... I don't think a mascot is going to make any difference to selling Mint to be honest because... I can't think of a single technical product at the moment sold via a mascot. Not even Apple has gone there.
I think more demo videos of Mint doing stuff is actually a better bet. At least they can be linked to when the Mac user insists that Linux is an OS for techies only, is CLI only, you have to compile all your code from source, yadda, yadda, yadda... Yes, I have had recent experience!