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How shall we name this site?

I know that “The Station” has been suggested for this site.  Perhaps a contest is in order to name our new home?  I would like to propose “The Gearbox”.  Any other ideas?

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  1. Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf August 5, 2010

    The reason I suggested “The Station” was more because this is a destination of sorts one that will lead you into New Babbage, much like a train station.

    But It would be great to hear other ideas. Maybe we should also add this to the Ning, perhaps?

  2. Blackberry Harvey Blackberry Harvey August 9, 2010

    As a sort of information record and extension upon what happens in-world, it could have a more evocative name like “The New Babbage Teleographer”.

    • Gabriell Anatra Gabriell Anatra August 10, 2010

      I like this, it fits. Either this or ‘The New Babbage Aethernet’ or some such.

  3. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse August 10, 2010

    I like Station. Firstly it works for Babbage. Secondly it’s not yet another Steampunk Newspaper title.

  4. Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer August 10, 2010

    Station sounds Who-ish to me. 


    The New Babbage Teleographer is nice. And honestly, we are Steampunk. At least we are supposed to be. What’s wrong with Yet Another Steampunk Newspaper Title?


    Two cents given!

  5. Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs August 10, 2010

    I quite like ‘The Gearbox,’ actually.

    • Breezy Carver Breezy Carver August 10, 2010

      How about 

      The New Babbage Port ..  =  The Port


      1) easy like ning

      2) classy and steamy

      3) everyone loves a good Port !!


      smiles and waits .. looks up and notices  The Spell Check ~~

      Oh Thank YOU !!!

      Many Happy Twirlssssssssssssssssss

    • Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox August 18, 2010

      Ah laike de Gearbox too.  *grins*

  6. MichaelD Mannonen MichaelD Mannonen August 10, 2010

    I prefer “The Station”, for the same reasons Cyan stated, however the other suggestions are very good as well. I would not be disappointed with any of them so far.

  7. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman August 10, 2010

    I personally like the station, maybe Babbage Station

  8. Aeolus Cleanslate Aeolus Cleanslate August 10, 2010

    Since this project started, I’ve always had in my mind that this site was kind of a reading device – a 1850s-style version of the iPad. I imagine a valise-sized brass-and-walnut box, clockwork-and-steam powered, elegantly engraved, that spits out parchment with writing on it (dot-matrix-printer style) in response to certain knobs being pressed. The content is delivered by telegraph wire, of course. The look and feel is (loosely) inspired by that idea.

    I have no idea what that means from a name perspective, but I just like the image. :-)


    • Breezy Carver Breezy Carver August 10, 2010

      grins @ AE gosh that Vision would have made a grand Welcome/ splash page Sir


      With Respect to
      ” That Vision” kept in mind .. there can be One True Name that comes to My Mind .. *grins*

      well perhaps two !!


      1)  The New Babbage Machine

      “The Machine”

      Did I Mention what a better place it is with spell check ..  woot !!! 

  9. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon August 10, 2010

    I think the name New-Babbage needs to be in the title somewhere so its name has a really strong connection to the city.

    I like Mr Cleanslate’s image of the site, I tend to think of it like a clockwork desktop computer at a library.

  10. Stargirl Macbain Stargirl Macbain August 11, 2010

    As much as I fancy both The Gearbox and The Station as names, I cannot help but feel that single syllables usually work in the favor of memory (we English speakers do love to shorten names down to single syllables generally…), so I throw my vote toward The Port.

  11. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker August 11, 2010

    How about …… ‘Boiler Room’ or ‘Engine Room’ ?

  12. Doctor Obolensky Doctor Obolensky August 11, 2010

    How about just leaving it as “City of New Babbage”, or “New Babbage”?

    I don’t see the benefit to naming it separately, all that will do is confuse folks.


    • Lia Bilavio Lia Bilavio August 11, 2010

      I think it was with regards to how we should refer to it. In world, you usually said “Oh did you check the ning?”

      Something short as a replacement so that we’re still not calling it the ‘ning’ when it isn’t would be great.

      • Doctor Obolensky Doctor Obolensky August 11, 2010

        Ah well then, we should call it the boards.

        • Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer August 12, 2010

          I call everything a Forum.  To many years as an admin at CompuServe made me think this way.

          In-house nicknames tend to develop on their own, and this place will be called what it’s called.  I had thought we were talking an official name, something for the search engines.


  13. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman August 11, 2010

    the B-pad?  after reading Cleanslate’s comment

  14. Sky Netizen Sky Netizen August 11, 2010

    I concur with Star and Lia, short and sweet for in-world referral is a plus.  And good ideas, all.

    Here’s just another one to throw in the hat: Babbage Aethernet Reader, most commonly referred to as the BAR.

    After all, New Babbage loves their bars, we have what…nine now? *grins*

  15. Scottie Melnik Scottie Melnik August 11, 2010

    I think we need something vague or nonsensical so that someone who isn’t familiar with Babbage will think to ask what it means when they hear it.


    I also second a short one syllable word. Something like, “The Hub”, since there’s no in-world reference already and it seems this is the place where most conversation and community occurs.

  16. Mr Underby Mr Underby August 11, 2010

    What about “The Steamhouse”?

  17. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver August 12, 2010

    ah  The Babbage Boards  ie 

    “The Board”.. 

     sounds so .. grins  .. like torture .. grins :)

    Bottom line not all or many are going to agree to one name ..

    I mentioned  The Port only because it was easy !

    The Machine to compliment the intended ..

     but who are we kidding  we shall each end up calling it “The ning thing” or” The Site” ,”Hub”, “Pub”, “Buzz”, “Rag”,Cog” or “Gear” Gram”, “Register”.etc etc ..  etc ..Perhaps in jest it’s referals  shall cause some pardons, or what was that, in conversational jests  . .. ah” huh” even.. from time to time ..  but, truth be told

      it has its name already .. :)

  18. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk August 12, 2010


    as in, did you check the sump?


    • Edward Pearse Edward Pearse August 12, 2010


      Sounds too close to ‘sup?

      Yo! Wassup?

  19. Amber Ilsker Amber Ilsker August 12, 2010

    Sumps good, or maybe ‘flue’ as in lots of hot air passes through it ?

    Or some more …..  Post Office, Stock Yard, Dock, Mill, Lane, Alley, Mews, Babbage Square (People can ask you to look at the ‘square’ instead of the ‘ning’).

    Street type names work well. I just can’t think of olde world sounding ones at the moment.

    • Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer August 12, 2010

      Heh.  I like The Flue – hot air indeed!  Or along the same lines, what about the Gasbag?  *flees*

      Hmm. Tick Talk.  Er, no, that was meant to sound clockworky, but is more like an insect lecture.  

      Go back in our history, perhaps the New Babbage Cog.  If you don’t get that reference, go enjoy a good historical wallow:




  20. Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf August 12, 2010

    We could be old school and call it the BBS (Bulletin Board System). We could even post a few Bulletin Boards across the city that provides links to the site.

    • Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer August 12, 2010

      For Interesting Discussions Online.   FIDO!  (Hopefully Cyan remembers FIDO)

      • Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf August 12, 2010

        Unfortunately no. I really didn’t get access to the Internet until about 2000 (feels like more than ten years ago though) and through school at first. The first site I really went to then was Nintendo’s BBS (or technically Message Boards but I think we still called it BBS) for their Interactive Stories based off their games… Wished they did that again was so fun to write in those.

      • Blackberry Harvey Blackberry Harvey August 12, 2010

        I ran a FidoNet node from 1992 to about 1996.

  21. Breezy Carver Breezy Carver August 12, 2010

    shakes my head and just laughs .. 

  22. Blackberry Harvey Blackberry Harvey August 12, 2010

    How about The Valve? It directs flow, it allows for the release of pent-up steam…

    • Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer August 12, 2010

      That’s hysterical, Breezy.  I GET it.

  23. Queer Hermit Queer Hermit August 12, 2010

    Drops “The Gearbox” and throws her support to adopting “The Valve” !!!

  24. Osric Worbridge Osric Worbridge August 13, 2010

    [b]The New Babbage Social Engine[/b]

  25. Archivist Archivist August 13, 2010

    I posted [url=]a poll[/url] to do some preliminary voting to see what people think. If there’s not a clear favorite we can do a runoff, and then Tenk can decide to override us and pick his favorite. :-)
    (At some point soon we need to change the path to our new name from “drupaltest” – until we do that we haven’t fully tested it.)

  26. Archivist Archivist August 18, 2010

    What say we shut this down later today and concentrate our attention on the 3-4 leaders. If you haven’t voted please do so!

  27. Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox August 18, 2010

    As much as Ah do laike De Gearbox and Na-Na-Ning, Ah agree dat we should go wid jes’ City of New Babbage.  It would cut down on de confusion.

    • Cyan Icewolf Cyan Icewolf August 18, 2010

      Well it’s more the site nickname is what we’re trying to come up with.

      • Zaida Gearbox Zaida Gearbox August 18, 2010

        Well, den, Ah will continue to root for de Gearbox.  Ah laike de idea of de site being named after ME!  *giggles*

  28. Archivist Archivist August 26, 2010

    Well it’s done folks. Welcome to the Babbage Aethernet Reader, aka “the BAR” or the “Reader”! We’re officially at and we’ll be working the name into the look and feel somehow. Cheers!

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