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Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007, 06:30 pm
atrata: the following are presented without comment. except for the parts with comments.

This is stuff from the mod queue and my inbox. I really love that you guys submit posts and links, and I really hate that giant red "reject" button, but I think it's better to try and round up links in news posts than fill up the f-lists of a couple thousand people (!!) with small chunks of info.
Now, in regards to the name post... we're not there yet, but I think we're getting closer. Some thoughts:
  • I agree with the many people who are against having the word "fan" in the name, because we don't want to alienate non-fen.
  • If, however, we're intent on something with that f-a-n letter combo, we should look for something where it's subtle, already part of a larger word (e.g., "fanfare," suggested here (with others) by copinggoggles).
  • I also don't think we want to be all INTRNETZ IZ SRS BIZNEZ about it, so we should go for something with a hint of whimsy.
  • tekanji makes a good suggestion here: "I would recommend combining two words that describe what kind of service you're offering (ala. Live Journal, Word Press, Type Pad). Maybe figure out what features will make your service stand out and create a name from that."
Further thoughts and suggestions? Keep 'em coming! I am obviously unfit to make naming decisions, because the Mafia fangirl in me will go with "Our Thing" and call it good. Remember that we can also make up a word or egregiously misspell something. It's the web2.0 way!

Sun, Aug. 12th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
ruffians

Ew, the cons of Blurty outweigh the pros so much.
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Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
cloud_strife

Lol

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
newredshoes

Hi! This sounds incredible -- I definitely want in on this, whenever it happens and on whatever scale. I love that when things gets tough, fandom gets going -- there's no way to type this without sounding like a moron, but, go you!

I've been mulling over some of the name suggestions I've seen peppered through the comments on your features list, though, and I have one suggestion: stay away from anything that contains the word "haven" or "sanctuary" or anything else that carries the air of being persecuted. I'd rather see this be a fandom-positive space, as opposed to a diaspora. Maybe emphasize the collectivity, or the interdisciplinary nature of fandom.

(It's possible someone has already said this -- I haven't gone through the names post yet, in which case, sorry for any repeats.)

Of course, this is all very easy when I have no suggestions for names myself, but I wanted to put that out there. Thanks so much for all the amazing effort you're pouring into this project!

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
maybemabel

I've been mulling over some of the name suggestions I've seen peppered through the comments on your features list, though, and I have one suggestion: stay away from anything that contains the word "haven" or "sanctuary" or anything else that carries the air of being persecuted. I'd rather see this be a fandom-positive space, as opposed to a diaspora. Maybe emphasize the collectivity, or the interdisciplinary nature of fandom.

That's actually a very good point. I think I agree.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
branchandroot: Open Something?

I still hanker for Our Thing. But it also occurrs to me that, if we don't do that, we might want to use something with Open in the title. The whole open-source, open-software movement seems to have the same basic ethos we're aiming for, here, and tapping into that concept could give people an idea, right off, of what this service is about. I'm not sure what would go with the Open, maybe something about words or language or writing.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
maybemabel: Re: Open Something?

I like that! All I can think of is OpenPlace, though, and that's a bit silly.
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Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
marksykins

I don't know, I like "our thing" but that's probably the New Jerseyan in me talking. :D

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
marksykins

I have to say that I'd want to stay away from things like "haven" or "sanctuary" since those terms are so loaded. Open is nice, though I've been whois-ing the suggestions and very few are available on top level domains.

OpenPrint has a .net address available, but everything else is taken across the board. I didn't check with dashes since I think you'd most likely want something someone can type in an address field without punctuation thought.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
train_diskense

Going on what branchandroot , above said, maybe something like OpenPress, OpenPrint, OpenWord, OpenLetter or OpenJournal. *shrugs* Dunno if any of those would be good ideas or not.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
ruffians: Re: Open Something?

I like OpenJournal, simple and easy to remember, friendly to all... and available.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
sciencegeek

I kinda like our-thing. Or what about instead of fan-thing, fun thing (or fun journal). openverse to play off the open source idea? I suck at names

twocorpses said she is looking into off shore hosting here, which may or may not affect things with scribblit (not being into law, I really have no idea).

Also I feel like the links at this post might be useful.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
jezzabe

Can i just say that me {& a lot of my friends} are worried about the servers being located in Canada?

Is there a possibility that it could be hosted somewhere a little less scary with their laws?

& i know - everyone's going to say that it won't affect us, but a lot of people thought that this was over after Strikethrough, too. So.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
kaleidoskope

the servers for Scribblit were planned to be hosted in Canada. The hosting of this project hasn't been discussed yet.

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
trobadora

I'm lousy with names, but possibly something that emphasizes the community aspect, not the individual ("journal") aspect?

Tue, Aug. 14th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
sparklebutch

Fanplace?

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
innerslytherin

*G* I'm still quite fond of Our Thing, though I suppose it might be confusing when talking about it to others. I do like Fanfare, though I also liked Fanhaven. What about some other -haven? Um... WordHaven? ^_^

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
maybemabel

OpenHaven?

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
sarashina_nikki

Something with "Connect" in it? Or maybe "Nexus," which is a visually interesting word, and means things that are linked together, which is pretty apt I think. FanNexus? Connexus? Hmmm...

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
trobadora

I like Nexus. Open Nexus?

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
accio_arse

I like Open in the title.

How about mixing 'Open Haven' and 'Our Place and getting 'Open Place'?

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
ladysunflow

It would be great if you could include beyond_lj in your next update.

It's a community where artists, writers and fans can leave info about their backup accounts in case they decide to (or are forced to) move, even if their current LiveJournal accounts are still in use.

It is also the place where people who own or mod communities on LiveJournal can leave information regarding where the community has backup, or where it will be moving or has moved.

(It is not a place, though, for people who jump the opportunity and create "their own" communities who have little to do with the original LJ comm)

beyond_lj is active and the list of users w/backup accounts is updated every day. We have quite a few comments already, but we would like more people to know about us :)

Thanks:)

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
gemme

i'm trying to think of a way to integrate "open" at the end of a name so that it can also be read as ____pen, as in the writing implement. however, i am drawing blanks..

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
sarashina_nikki

Well, what are some words that end in o? Heropen? Studiopen? Dynamopen?

Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
undomielregina

How about Freewrite? I like it and I think it has good connotations, but the abbreviation of fw could be problematic since fandom associates that with fandom_wank.