We have recently lost our "main" chat room, Mos Eisley. But that's ok, we have a new one:

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Given that this was created by an individual, and in the spirit of community consensus, my question is What should we name our new general chat room?

In addition, what should the chat feeds' names be?

Please note: "Mos-Eisley" (or any derivative of that) is specifically excluded for obvious reasons.

Here are some historical discussions we've had on this topic:

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    I'm not personally against the name, just want to make sure everyone has a say. I applaud @SQB's initiative in getting the room going and coming up with a fairly decent related name.
    – Möoz
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 5:33
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    Can I add, any suggestions please consider the feed names to be related. Although Mos had Obie-related names, the new room has THGTTG related names and it would be nice if any suggestions followed suit.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 12:02
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    I am Lobbying for Marvin, it is the best choice after all :) See my answer Commented May 16, 2017 at 22:35
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    One possibility (which I also raised on this now-deleted meta post): we could set up a few different chatrooms named after different franchises. We already have Doctor Who and American Gods rooms, and there have been Star Wars and Harry Potter rooms in the past. Like SO has a Python room and a C++ room and whatever. I seem to recall Shog saying somewhere that SFF chat has got to the size where a single main chatroom isn't enough any more.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 12:31

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Leave it as is, I'm happy with the name:

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


Ten Forward

Clearly, the last room was too much of a wretched hive of scum and villainy. So let's name our room after that more civilized establishment from that other major sci-fi franchise — a place where anyone can go to let their hair down and enjoy their beverage of choice without hassle.

Corresponding suggested feed names...

  • Wesley (main site feed) — Shut up, Wesley!
  • Memory Beta (meta feed)
  • Red Alert (featured posts)
  • Intruder Alert (Movies & TV)

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    (I'd actually prefer Net Backward, but that's just me...
    – Mithical
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 21:04
  • Ideas for Feed names?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 9:10
  • @Edlothiad : Yep, they're there (between the two videos).
    – Praxis
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 13:32
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    What about the lit feed? These are cool though!
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 13:36
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    "Shut up, Wesley!" is a nice touch. Commented May 16, 2017 at 20:16
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    Other than "Intruder Alert" for M&TV, I like this. Let's not create any more bad feeling between the two sites by calling M&TV posts "intruders" :-)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 12:42
  • I might suggest quadrant names for the feeds. like Gamma or Delta Quadrant for M&TV. Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 20:25

I'd really prefer something that's less of a mouthful! What about

Milliways (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

Milliways is the actual name of the restaurant, and it's easy to say and type when referring to it shorthand.

The "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" could also just go in the room description, but it's not necessary.

It was also suggested during the last time we tried to rename the room, so legacy bonus?

  • TREU! it is easier to say
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:35
  • @Edlothiad "What's the acronym?" "It's not TRUE"
    – user31178
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:37
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, it was a pun that it couldn't be shortened to TREU which is even easier than Milliways, but still pretend I was agreeing with you with a typo. Clearly went sideways very quickly
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:41
  • @Edlothiad My response is technically accurate and in jest. The acronym is not TRUE, it's TREU.
    – user31178
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:44
  • Oh haha I didn't see the speech marks :P
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 19:03
  • "Mos" was so easy to say... "TRatEotU" is not. Milliways is better.
    – Catija
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 19:40
  • I prefer the other. I’ll grant the advantage that this is a bit easier to type, but many people just went with “chat” anyway. In particular, I like the immediate sci-fi feel that we get from “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe,” which “Milliways” doesn’t convey. I think “chat” or “TREU” or “the Restaurant” works for shorthand.
    – Adamant
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 21:03
  • @Catija TREU, "Mos" was easy to say!
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 9:11
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    This one gives me a nice Happy Days feeling. Sunday, Monday, Milliways! Tuesday, Wednesday, Milliways! Thursday, Friday, Milliways! Saturday, what a day, geekin' all week with you! Commented May 16, 2017 at 18:56

The current name is fine

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is fine. While it can't satisfy fans of all science fiction and fantasy franchises, the same was true of our previous chat room, and people were generally fine with the name.

In addition, it has a definite sci-fi feel even to those not familiar with the source material: "at the end of the Universe."

More important than the name of the room is that it learns from the mistakes of the previous one.

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    ...And all of the feeds are already named after HHGttG characters.
    – Mithical
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 7:17

I've now posted the proposal as it's own question., go there to submit your names/vote.

I had a proposal in chat that went over pretty well, so I was asked to submit it here.

My idea is to make the chat room a holodeck of sorts, and periodically change the name/feeds to represent some of the varying fanbases we have in the community.

For example, on something like a quarterly basis we could change the name around categories such as:

  • Star Trek
  • Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Harry Potter
  • Comic books
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Doctor Who

Essentially adding a flavor to the room. To me, it also makes it thematically match our stack.

Changing the name/feeds is somewhat of a trivial process, and the link to the room would stay the same so long as the room name is removed, leaving only the room #:

If people like this general idea, then we can make another meta for the details of implementing it and choosing the rotation.

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    You don't have to remove or change the room name in the link - the only relevant part is the room number try Planet Krypton or Milliways - they all work. Commented May 17, 2017 at 23:36
  • Or how about, "The Holodeck". Yeah. Commented May 17, 2017 at 23:59
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    A cool idea. Logistically though, after about 6-7 quarters or rotations, you'll start to venture into some of the more obscure or at least not so famous canons; so where will we go after the likes of Star Wars / Trek? Also, renaming the room often(ish) will not allow people to get as emotionally attached to the room, thereby not having as much ownership over it.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 22:01

Planet Krypton

No, not the one that exploded!

Planet Krypton is a supehero-themed restaurant seen most notably in Kingdon Come:

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In line with the whole superhero tradition, it features ridiculously dressed staff, and ridiculous names that are spoofs of ridiculous superhero names, e.g. "Starro the Casserole", "Mxyzptlk Mozarella Sticks", "Power Girl Chicken Sandwich" (the cut is the breast), and "Man of Beef".

Feed names could be in line with those, but I don't have any ideas (yet).

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    But it's with a K, even in the comic, you can see the K on the menus and signage.
    – user31178
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 23:13
  • @CreationEdge shhhh, you didn't see that :) Thanks ;) Commented May 16, 2017 at 23:23

House on the Rock

It's a real location, a slightly fictional version of which was featured in Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

It's a roadside tourist attraction where the Old Gods meet for their war council.

Feed names could be

  • Media - for Movies & TV
  • Mr. Ibis - for our meta
  • Mad Sweeney - for featured posts
  • [TBD] - for main site feed
  • Just throwing in some ideas. Commented May 15, 2017 at 9:26
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    But I even have feed names.... Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:52
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    The current name is better (yeah, even with me), but have an upvote, you just look too terribly lonely down here for a not bad suggestion.
    – Radhil
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 21:51
  • @Radhil thanks ^_^ Commented May 16, 2017 at 20:16

The Restaurant is a bit banal, shouldn't we look for something a bit less obvious?

For example

Jackson's Whole

Which is a planetary equivalent of Mos Eisley by also being a 'wretched hive of scum and villainy'.

But if we want something more popular then there is


The members of which, not unlike those in the previous incarnations of the SFF chatrooms want to continue to travel and have fun together, but are othen messing up and clashing with the authorities? And speaking of Whedon's creations there's also the

Cabin in the Woods

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    I like and appreciate the suggestions, the only thing is that people seem to be trying to shed the "scum and villainy" reputation :)
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 1:15

Name: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

For all the reason already given.

"In addition, what should the chat feeds' names be?"

Feed Name: Marvin, Marvin is a Robot that has a brain the size of a planet. I can not think of a single character in HHGTG world, well other than Prax That would be more suitable for the feed.

Marvin The Paranoid Android

Marvin the Paranoid AndroidMarvin was made by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, and is a prototype robot with the new GPP feature.

He's incredibly smart. Through very odd circumstances involving time-travel, he is thirty-seven times older than the universe itself.

In all that time, the diodes down his left side, which cause him pain, were never replaced.

He's very depressed.

Prax: I wanted to find the section that defines him, it was in The chat room searched that and could not find it. So a little help would be nice :)

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    Why do we need three answers all saying the same thing?
    – Catija
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 22:34
  • Because the Feed Name was included and I could not see a reasonable way to force the other two use my Feed Name? :) Just wanted to make sure I had Bolded the "Feed Name" header and point it out to you just in case you didn't read it :) Commented May 16, 2017 at 22:37

Just a thought I had:

The Leaky Cauldron

Another possibility is

Diagon Alley

with feed names like "Flourish and Blotts," "Ollivander's," etc.

  • Names of Feeds?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 18:35
  • Ollivander for main feeds. Madam Rosmerta for the Meta feeds. Hedwig for any other feeds.
    – Möoz
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 20:43
  • What about Featured Feeds? Hedwig too?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented May 16, 2017 at 9:11

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