the great fandom migration
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!
Tue, Aug. 14th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Maybe I'm a minority but I really really don't like the name Our Thing. It implies, to me that is, that it's not something that's open for joining. It implies that it's just those who started it's thing. Do you remember in Elementary School where someone wouldn't let you play in a game and they told you it was "Our Thing not Yours?" To me it implies leaving someone out.
Tue, Aug. 14th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
I really dislike it as well. But I can't even explain why if one were to ask me, other than a gut reaction...
...Maybe it's like this:
1) "MySpace"? Well...this is OUR THING! And it's awesome and different guys, seriously!
2) Our "thing"? Our what? Oh, it's just "our thing", we don't need to explain it to you.
Tue, Aug. 14th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I agree. It seems to me like it would keep people out more so than invite them in. Personally I going for OpenNexus.
Sat, Aug. 18th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
I have to agree with you. A fandom-based journal named "Our Thing" doesn't seem very warm and welcoming if you aren't really a part of fandom. (Which I'm not - I read things here and there, but I don't consider myself to be a fan.)