Our general discussion chat room is called “Science Fiction & Fantasy”. That's kind of boring. How about a better name?

Aside: we also have an SF topic of the day chatroom, where we propose a short phrase and reply with works on that topic. (We've just started; we've had topics like “interpretative dance” and “going green”.) The idea is to propose a new topic once a day or so, but chat days are clearly longer than Earth days. It's kind of dead right now — please drop in and offer suggestions!

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    Are we any closer to making a decision here? Let's just pick one. We can always change it if someone comes up with a better name. Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 6:39
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    What was the reasoning behind not choosing the highest voted answer?
    – Tony Meyer
    Commented Oct 8, 2011 at 20:40
  • @TonyMeyer Mos Eisley was tied for winner at the time we picked the name, see the chat transcript. We did say we might reconsider but never did. Well, I still prefer the other tied winner (the current winner, The Ansible), but have we grown fond of the current name?
    – user56
    Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 22:16
  • @Gilles it was confusing because less than 24 hours after the change (when I commented), it was nowhere near tied.
    – Tony Meyer
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 1:01
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Mos Eisley

"A wretched hive of scum and villainy!"


And just after posting, I think of a name…

The ansible


Ten Forward

Because it's just as geeky with Star Trek


The Mothership

A nice and generic sci-fi term.



Suggested by Jack B Nimble


The Dragon's Head

It just seems appropriate, for some reason...


The Dirac

Better known for its appearance in Cities in Flight

More appropriate than the ansible, since a Dirac broadcasts whereas an ansible is usually for point-to-point communication. But the ansible is much better known, having become genericized (so to speak), whereas the Dirac is specifically by Blish.


The White Hart

Hard to believe this hadn't been proposed yet!


The Shadowy Corner

Granted, it's more fantasy, but in most stories, it's the guy in the shadowy corner who has all the info to help you move the plot along.


Draco's Tavern

OK, the particular reference is to science fiction, but the use of a bar or other drinking establishment for general meeting of strange people is broadly present in fantasy as well.


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