As everyone must be aware by now, there have been a LOT of problems recently in our primary chatroom, Mos Eisley, culminating in the room being frozen and some of our most active users being temporarily suspended. Other people have already posted on meta about why this came about and what kind of behaviour needs to be addressed in order to stop it happening again. I'm not going to rehash those issues; this post is about how we can try to put it all behind us.

Mos Eisley has probably acquired a bad reputation across the network by now for its constant flags and fights. Assuming that such events aren't going to keep on happening in the future, it would be nice to distance ourselves from the past craziness, so that people don't think "oh, Mos Eisley - that's full of jerks" as soon as they see the room and need to be persuaded otherwise.

Getting to the point ... how about we rename the chatroom once it's reopened? Much better to have people come to the chatroom with no prejudices, and then by the time they realise it's the former Mos Eisley, they may already have realised we're an OK bunch :-)

And yes, I know this proposal has been made before with scant success, but there's a better reason for it now!

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    Interesting idea. But how about anything not from a specific property? (Unfortunately I have no specific ideas other than that general one, though.) – TARS Nov 15 '15 at 13:54
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    This seems completely pointless. Is anyone going to come to Mos Eisley and say, "oh, this is Mos Eisley, I remember all those arguments here, so I should start a new one"? – phantom42 Nov 15 '15 at 14:00
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    @phantom42 From the question: "Much better to have people come to the chatroom with no prejudices, and then by the time they realise it's the former Mos Eisley, they may already have realised we're an OK bunch" – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 14:05
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    Mos Eisley was "a wretched hive of scum and villany". Just sayin' :) – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Nov 15 '15 at 14:49
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    And, yes, renaming Mos Eisley is becoming meme here. ;) – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Nov 15 '15 at 14:51
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    @Wikis: right, so the temporary solution is the Mos Eisley Cantina, which is full of bar brawls: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/info/31550/mos-eisley-cantina – b_jonas Nov 15 '15 at 17:03
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    I don't quite understand the point of this post from the OP. You ask a question about renaming the chatroom but then provide an answer saying we shouldn't change it. Which is your opinion? :-) – user35594 Nov 15 '15 at 20:57
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    @user35594 I provided several answers to be voted on. I realised that some people would want to keep the old name, so I posted that as an answer to save them the trouble. Personally my favourite would be either "the TARDIS" or "Rivendell", but I'm only one user in the community. – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 21:01
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    I don't get how this voting is supposed to work now. Votes for the question mean "Yes, change it", but then there's an answer that's specifically "No, don't change it" which means people are downvoting the question, upvoting that answer, and downvoting all the other answers. It's heavily skewed the results, and now they're almost useless. And the number of upvotes on the question don't even match those on the "let's keep it answer", which is even more unhelpful! – user31178 Nov 15 '15 at 21:36
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    @phantom42 It couples together 2 separate issues. We're seeing a really unusual number of downvotes, in the "sink the other options to the bottom" instead of a "bring the best to the top" style, that's typically not seen. People against the change will downvote everything, but people for the change aren't likely to upvote everything, because that's atypical behavior. So we've got 1 post with 2 distinct polls sharing tangled votes biased towards a single result. I don't care one way or another about the name change, but this current poll is nothing more than a farce. – user31178 Nov 16 '15 at 0:52
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    which is why using meta answers to conduct a poll isn't a good way to do this. – phantom42 Nov 16 '15 at 1:11
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    @randal'thor But the Mos Eisley option has a higher score than the question itself, and more total votes. – user31178 Nov 16 '15 at 2:55
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    NOTE to Everyone: if you dislike several of the suggestions, be careful about downvoting. If you downvote several suggestions from the same user, your votes will likely be reversed automatically. – Ward - Reinstate Monica Nov 16 '15 at 4:57
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    Are we going to get this call to change the name of Mos Eisley repeatedly until the guys proposing the change finally win the vote? Here's another suggestion: from my brief visits to the chatroom, it seems there are always the same few people in there; I assume any trouble must be caused by a subset of them (since there seldom is anyone else in there). Ban them all from chat (those who are not mods, I guess) and that would bring about a more real change than simply changing the name. – Andres F. Nov 22 '15 at 14:15
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    @AndresF. For the record, a subset of them were banned for a while. Notice this very post says "some of our most active users being temporarily suspended". I think the mods/CMs had reached the same conclusion you just did, and from what I can tell (whether or not it was "fair" or "justified") it's already having an effect. – Ixrec Nov 22 '15 at 14:32

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Mos Eisley

Renaming the chatroom won't solve any of its problems; let's leave the name as it is.

  • As I am an old supporter of primary chatroom renaming, -1. Yeah. – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:04
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    +1 Unless it can be demonstrated that the name was the proximal cause of the debacle(s), a renaming would accomplish nothing. It would be fixing the wrong problem, like painting the bathroom because there is a backed-up toilet. – Robusto Nov 15 '15 at 16:48
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    @Robusto I never said the name caused anything, just that changing it along with its users' behaviour could help us to put it all behind us. From the OP: "Assuming that such events aren't going to keep on happening in the future, it would be nice to distance ourselves from the past craziness" – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 16:50
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    I never said you said it did. I am simply moving a little farther down an avenue you started. – Robusto Nov 15 '15 at 16:53
  • The name is completely unrelated to the misbehavior of chat users. – Andres F. Nov 23 '15 at 4:22

The Nexus

The term "Nexus" is often used in both Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the name implies a connection point where we can communicate with one another.

  • Similar to something like The Ether too :) – CandiedMango Nov 15 '15 at 14:05

Milliways    (or The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

A tribute to the late great Douglas Adams.


Ten Forward

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  • Cheers to Star Trek: The Next Generation fans... – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:25

Seems Oily

a) Because this all resulted in a sticky situation

b) It's an anagram of Mos Eisley


We all love Mos Eisley, and I think a completely new name would be a mistake. However, I also think that not acknowledging that things need to and will change is a mistake.

As such I think the new name of our main chat room should be;

Mos Eisley Episode IV: A New Hope

It's still Mos Eisley, but it's a new beginning, the start of a new, hopefully better era.


The Leaky Cauldron

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  • Cheers to Harry Potter guys... – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:15

The Inn Outside the World

Title of a classic story by Edmond Hamilton.

  • ... and vaguely reminiscent of Douglas Adams' "the outside of the Asylum". – Peregrine Rook Nov 16 '15 at 7:06



  • Cheers to Terminator fans... – 11.01.11 Nov 21 '15 at 20:15

Omega Protocol




From the outside, it's just a square box on the chat.SE front page. On the inside, it's a whole universe of conversation on every topic under the sun.

  • (This would have my +1 for sure.) – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 13:57
  • +1. I strongly wanted this to happen the last time. – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:05
  • @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Yay! I thought you'd be a supporter of this idea :-) – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 16:11


The last homely house. A place where friends can come together and discuss. Plus, is one of the top tags and most users have some familiarity with it (like or ).


Chamber of Secrets


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Time Vortex

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    Cheers to Whovians... (I upvoted this last time too) – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 16:19

Night Spot

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  • Cheers to Tourchwood fans.... – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:30

Mountains of Madness

Part of Lovecraft's famous Cthulhu Mythos

There is a nasty little pun linking the story of this book to our current situation ;)




Well, it's the ultimate answer!


Madam Rosmerta's

May be this would sound less villainous and scummy? And of course, as pointed out on the other answer, is our top tag beside story-ID

  • Let's go even further and have Madam Puddifoots Teashop! – CandiedMango Nov 15 '15 at 13:56
  • Less well-known outside HP fandom, though. Hogwarts is a universally recognised name; Madam Rosmerta, not so much. – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 13:56
  • Mos Eiseley wouldn't be know to anyone who doesn't know Star Wars either – user13267 Nov 15 '15 at 13:58


The Hogsmead candy shop, so that the room can be more welcoming to the kiddies as well


The Hogs Head

The Mos Eisley of Potterverse


The Round Table

It fulfills our fantasy side whilst being popular enough that I believe almost all people will be familiar with it.


The Common Room

As in

  • But "The Common Room" itself doesn't sound SFFy. Also, which common room? We have a whole mixture of Houses among the SFF chat regulars! – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '15 at 14:04
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    that's why it's just the common room – user13267 Nov 15 '15 at 14:04
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    so it's all inclusive, no house biases – user13267 Nov 15 '15 at 14:04

Not that I think renaming the chatroom will solve anything, but I'll once again propose my favorite name…

The Dirac

The Dirac is a communication medium in James Blish's series Cities in Flight which instantly broadcasts all messages all over the universe, like a chatroom.

(While Ursula K. Le Guin's ansible is better known, it isn't really appropriate as a chatroom name, since an ansible provides two-party communication, like a phone, not an open medium like a chatroom.)


The Hip Joint

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  • Cheers to Futurama fans... – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:19

Maxwell's Nightclub

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  • Cheers to Smallville fans.. – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:22

Mystic Grill

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  • Cheers to The Vampire Diaries fans... – 11.01.11 Nov 15 '15 at 16:27

SciFi&Fantasy Chat

Short, simple and to the point



This is the famous tale in the TNG episode 'Darmok' where Darmok and Jalad make peace at Tanagra!

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Death Star



Wait for it.... nananana nananana CHAT-CAVE! We all show up to see the next episode, same chat time. Same chat channel. If we are going to change the name of the room, trust me. This is the right choice. It's the name we deserve. Hero

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