Time To Rock The Vote! Help Pick Our Name!

Alright, so we’ve all had plenty of opportunity to suggest names and ruminate over the suggestions.  I’ve taken my favorite of all the suggestions and created a fancy little poll to help narrow the search.  I’ll then pick my favorite from the top vote-getters and we will have ourselves a name.  I’ll pin the poll to the top story and leave the vote up for the next week.  Remember, decisions are made by those who show up.

145 thoughts on “Time To Rock The Vote! Help Pick Our Name!

  1. Thank you to everyone for participating in giving us ideas! It’s very much appreciated! Thank you for those who have taken the time to vote! I want this to be our site, and this is one of the first steps in that.

    FYI: I had to cut a few names because they were either too difficult to roll off the tongue, or just looked really weird when presented together without spacing. I also had to dump Hardball Chat because it’s already taken. 😦

    Edit: FYI I am abstaining from voting in case anyone was curious. This vote’s all you.

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    1. Damn, I was wondering where it went. Ah well. BTW, I’d almost guarantee that NBC still has a trademark on Circling the Bases…

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      1. Whether a domain is registered or not does not matter. The question is if they still have a registered trademark for it. They can seize a domain via ICANN for any trademark they hold.

        That said, searching the TM database does not come up with results for Circling the Bases. Doesn’t for HardballTalk either, oddly enough. Searches can happen here:

        http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=searchss&state=4801:h1qg6r.1.1

        I’m not sure if copyright can be applied here, or if TM can be applied retroactively (some forms of IP can be), but the real question is: Can you afford a lawyer or not, because whether right or wrong that’s what would matter in the end.

        CTB isn’t winning anyways, so its not real important either way at this point. Just wanted to point that out.

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      1. I thought everyone knew the Five Tools…

        Hank “The Hammer” Aaron
        Lenny “Nails” Dykstra
        Larry “Chipper” Jones
        Allen “The Wrench” Craig
        Mark “The Blade” Belanger

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      2. How about Brooks “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” Robinson and Don “Black and Decker” Sutton? Maybe power tools don’t count?

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    1. I’m not going to tell this guy how rear his young male charge, but open hand slaps – brought from all the way behind his body based on those motion blurs – seem to be Batman’s answer to everything.

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    1. Yeah, if Rosin d’Etre was an option, I would have voted for it immediately (but I understand why it isn’t listed)….of the remaining options, there are things I like and flaws in many of them.

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      1. I don’t understand why it wasn’t listed. Or, rather, I understand the BS “reason” we aren’t being allowed to vote for it but I don’t think it’s legit.

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      2. Rosin d’Etre while a very cute play on words wasn’t chosen for a few reasons. For one, it uses a special character, which does not translate into a website. For another, it’s not a name that is immediately clear as to what the subject matter of the site is. It’s also not generally a good idea to have a site name that most people can’t spell, due to it being a foreign language which will only serve to segment the community. The entire idea of the site is to grow, something we can’t do if people can’t actually find us. That’s why we are getting an official domain in the first place. The site name at the moment (scoutsaysweitersisabust.wordpress.com) is too long, complicated, difficult to remember and spell, and is based off an inside joke that requires too much explanation, which will lose its appeal inside of a week anyways, because that’s what happens to inside jokes. Why recreate those issues with a site name like Rosin d’Etre when there are better options available? It’s why several other names, that while funny were rejected. The parameters were very simple. It should be fairly short and simple, and the name should epitomize what we are about here, and that’s talking about baseball and other topics in a group. If someone looks at your website name and says “What the fuck does that mean?” then you’ve already lost. Website names should have broad appeal, and should be self-explanatory. Rosin d’Etre is a great name, and one that I like, however I feel it would be better served for the title of a re-occurring article.

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        1. You mean, how FanGraphs is unsuccessful because the name has effectively nothing to do with the content of the site that made it a huge hit?

          That is way overthinking the importance of site name. That reminds me of the drivel that comes out of university administration about branding and logos and mottos that they spend countless hours and dollars on…that have nothing to do with the quality of the university, the popularity of any of its sports, the amount of merchandise they sell, or why anyone would come here.

          If the site has content that interest people, it really doesn’t matter what it is called.

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        2. To clarify, I am not trying to be combative (I don’t have to “try” it comes naturally)…I just don’t think the name is important beyond “oh, that is a cool name”. I mean, as long as there is good conversation to be had, I think most of use will stay here regardless of the name (and vice versa).

          In any case, I do think avoiding “re-cycled” names is probably a good idea….unless we want to call ourselves the Washington Redskins and use their logos since they can’t be trade marked. 🙂

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      3. Your idea of the site is to grow it, you mean. For some of us the reason for the site is to have a place for the community to talk., and we escaped here from a place where they alienated that because they wanted to grow the audience.

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        1. Yeah, bigger is not better.

          Bigger is only bigger, whereas better is better.

          Bigger is often the opposite of better.

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      4. We escaped here because the place were were at sacrificed usability for commercialism. They weren’t trying to grow their community, they were trying to grow their revenues. I’m trying to do the opposite. I’m trying to create a place that is open for many to come and join the conversation, to be inclusionary, to be easy to find and to be a place people will want to stick around to see the great conversation we have going on here. I’m not trying to grow to a point where the people get left behind, because the entire point behind this place is to focus on the community, and part of that is having a site that is accessible. It’s also a site I’m very proud of, because I’m proud of the people here and the work they’ve performed here.

        Since we’ve started I’ve seen a lot of amazing articles, and some people really coming into their own as writers, some heart wrenching, tear jerking, laugh ensuing writing. I’m seeing deep commentary and intuitive insights, and I want to be able to share that with others looking for more of that in a world that’s been regularly pushing out the voice of people in favor of a word from our sponsors. And I fully agree that it’s the content that will get people to stay, that’s what I’m trying to promote. But in order to do that we need people to be able to find us, and having a overly complicated name will hinder that. A site name is like a manager. A good manager probably won’t win you many games, but a terrible manager most certainly will lose you some.

        Anyways, this is my rationality, take it for what you will, but at this point I’m moving on from this conversation. No matter what name we settle on, some people won’t be happy, and while unfortunate, it’s part of life, and it’s part of being part of a group. I hope those that are unhappy can find a way to accept things the way they are and move past it.

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      5. I hadn’t noticed this debate – I put rosind’tre out as a joke – it’s clever and cute, but it will only click with someone who knows what rosin is and even they might not get the gestalt of the idea – baseball fans taking baseball very seriously. In the same comment I added stuff like “The Hot Corner” which is lots less inside but perhaps too obscure. I also in the same comment noted that getting too obscure would be no improvement in the name.

        I apologize, but my nature (or at least my online nature) is to be a smartass and maybe get a like for some trenchant occasional comment. In fact my likes come ALWAYS on the smartass jokes and NEVER on the thoughtful items that I actually think through. In other words, I wish I was Historiophiliac because she has some of the most cogent and considered thoughts out here. Not every time, but often. I end up being closer to Indaburg, who I find to be the quickest with a funny quip here. (Not too say Inda isn’t thoughtful, she is. Histo is also often funny.)

        I’m only here because Ren somehow sneaked a link in on the Website Which Shall Not Be Named, and I am happy to be here because of those two, Histo and Inda, and several other faves that I enjoyed seeing comments from. And not just commenting now, but creating the content that drives the comments. You are all doing a great job. I think many others could benefit from reading your stuff.

        So I guess I’m a “Big Hall” type as I would love to see people enjoy reading you as I do. I thought Rosin d’Etre was a very clever and funny little name, that may make a reader smile, and that should be removed from contention immediately as overly ambiguous.

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      6. I apologize, but my nature (or at least my online nature) is to be a smartass and maybe get a like for some trenchant occasional comment.

        SmartassComments.com?

        😉

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    1. That is like calling the site Asian Ass Porn….yeah, there would be a lot of hits, but not exactly from the group of people you want to attract to the site.

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        1. You mean Pro Football Gossip, where there seems to be more interest in gossip about players, coaches, owners, or the league than there is interest in things related to actual football?

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        2. Yeah, as a group, they are a bunch of condescending, moralizing, judgmental dicks.

          So much BS to wade through just to find injury news…if I wasn’t an semi-recovered FF junkie, I wouldn’t have any reason to go there….but they do a pretty good job of comprehensive link/story collection in addition to being dicks.

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        3. Yeah, the great thing is you don’t have to click through to read any articles….so those always stay hidden for me. Every once in a while I think I am interested in what people might be saying about something….and 5 comments in I usually regret it.

          Those folks never miss an change to be homophobic, misogynistic, or racist though….so…they’ve got that going for them.

          The scary part is the comments are actually moderated and that is what they let through.

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        4. Friday I talked to our former chair for Political Science about the current state of the presidential candidate pool. He said that after some negotiations, he and his wife have now agreed upon a list of candidates that, if elected, will result in them moving to Canada. He finds the social phenomena relatively interesting, he just doesn’t want to have to be exposed to the results.

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        5. I’ve applied to Canadian newspapers before. Haven’t gotten hired. That said, the days of Americans basically just walking over the border for Canadian jobs disappeared years ago.

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        6. Yep. In academia, the only way they can hire a non-Canadian is if they show that there is no available Canadian to perform the job regardless of best candidate. Honestly, that isn’t a bad system.

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      1. @Happytwinsfan — sorry but I’m spoken for… can’t we just be friends?

        @Indaburg — not a problem… as a rule most Canadians don’t see race/ethnicity the same way Americans do. Up here you’d just be “that poor displaced American girl that cheers for the Rays and is cold all the time”. Oh, but you would have to pick a Canadian hockey team to root for… may I suggest NOT the Leafs?

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        1. Mmmm…I’m a Lightning fan. The Stanley Cup was brutal last year. I promise to say “eh”, eat lots of maple syrup, and use lots of superfluous ‘u’s. Would you mind claiming a warm weather territory, something closer to the equator?

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      2. okay histro and all others like minded. Hope I found the growingly right spot to hit respond from in this thread. This whole “white” respond to spot is getting increasingly embarrassing to inhabit. To all the rest, I ask your understanding. Many of us are, but not all of us are scared ass Appalachian clay eaters..

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  2. I like Meeting on the Mound because we’re baseball and a little more. We talk about well, just about everything. I just described us as a poor man’s Grantland. I think when players meet on the mound, they digress, like we do. That’s why it got my vote.

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    1. Yeah.

      To me, a main draw for that one is the ability to name regular features after phrases from either famous mound meetings (e.g. the likely apocryphal story that McCarver has told 1000s of times in which Gibson said, “Get back behind the plate. The only thing you know about pitching is that it’s hard to hit!”) or movie mound meetings (e.g. “we are dealing with a lot of shit here”, “candle sticks are always nice”, “maybe a place setting”, etc.)….as well as images from mound meetings (again, both real on movie-based).

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      1. As long as we don’t regress to Pedro Martinez/Don Zimmer or Nolan Ryan/Robin Ventura type mound meetings, we are all good.

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        1. If you wanted Canadians to really hate you, which US-based NHL team would you pick?

          The Coyotes (stolen former Jets put in one of the dumbest places to have ice hockey)?

          Bruins? I feel like they are probably the least likable NHL franchise in general.

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      2. Or the Colorado Avalanche, who were once the Quebec Nordiques, and went south a year prior to the Jets. There were lots of hard feelings among hockey fans in Quebec, especially given that the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup the very next season.

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        1. Yeah, for some reason that one always slips my mind. When I was a kid, I remember going to both Atlanta Flames and Colorado Rockies games…at least some teams moved the correct direction….living in CT now, there are still hard feelings about the Whalers leaving.

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  3. Looking at the current voting tallies, maybe we should go with:

    Hardball Conversations about Fan Interference while Rounding the Bases Discussed by Baseball by Committee during a Meeting on the Mound.

    It isn’t catchy, but I bet that URL is available.

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    1. Pinetar Philosophers
      Search for Exceptional Baseball Intelligence (SEBI)
      Outdrinking Wade Boggs
      Designated for Assignment
      Quad A Fans
      Just goes Fowl
      Uncle Charlie’s Kids
      Schordinger’s Catchers
      Quality Starters
      Complete Game Crowd
      Dugout Diaspora
      No-Hitter Nexus
      Low and Away Club
      Behind in the Count Crowd

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      1. Wow, several good suggestions in there. My favorite is Designated for Assignment but I don’t know a good URL for that. Dugout Diaspora is also quite good IMO.

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      2. Sorry to be late to the show. A few suggestions for the empty barn stalls:

        These Aren’t Vitamins
        Roid Rage
        Traded for Himself
        Lost in the Lights
        Doubleday’s Publicists
        Bill James’ Sliderule

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  4. I like Baseball by Committee in principle, but it comes off a little stiff for some reason. I voted for Meeting on the Mound.

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    1. Not BOHICA… too many bad memories from my time in the military. That was our unofficial squadron motto at one point… that and DILLIGAS.

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  5. Ive been lobbying for Rounding the Bases and it’s only garnered me six fucking votes? What the hell?! One of those is mine too. Recall! Corruption! Pie!

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  6. If my friends are here, the content is good, and the beer is cold, you could call the site Uncle Bob’s Silent But Deadly Farts. I’ll still be here.

    On second thought, I would like to change my vote to Fan Interference since interfering is what we do best. 🙂

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  7. After thinking about it for the last couple of days, I’ve voted for Meeting on the Mound (but I’d be happy if it stayed as HC). I REALLY like Fan Interference but it doesn’t quite hit the spot for me with telling others what this site is about. Clever/funny/in joke smart, yes, but appropriately descriptive of the site, no…

    Having said that, I’ll quote yahmule in relation to a different option and say Meeting on the Mound sounds a bit ‘stiff’, and doesn’t roll off the tongue all that well, nor does it make a snappy, easy-to-type URL. MoundMeetings.com? MoundMusings.com? DugoutDebates.com?

    As someone proven to have a 5/95% right brain/left brain mix, this creativity stuff is not my thing. Anyway, that’s my AUD$0.03 worth (at current exchange rates). Whatever you decide, I’ll keep reading.

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    1. The plan here is to become as well-known as Sports Illustrated, so that people will just refer to us as F.I.

      Not sure about having a Swimsuit Edition, though, but I suppose if the Professor wins the Powerball tonight she’ll throw a big party for us all and well be drunk enough to pose for ANYTHING. 🙂

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    2. Fan Interference: a bunch of opinionated people mouthing off mostly about baseball, but prone to going into tangents about just about any topic on the planet. We also do brilliant absurdist originial fiction courtesy of O.G., recipes, movie reviews, music, and pop culture. A poor man’s Grantland.

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  8. Jeesh, I’m still the only one to vote for swing away chat. My empathy to whoever is the only one to vote for dugout discussions.

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  9. I didn’t vote for Fan Interference, but if there was an option to change my vote, that’s what I would change it to.

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      1. Even though I’m sober I’m having a happy cry right now (no pun intended). A new med that they switched him (my son) to a little over a week ago seems to be kicking in. He seems to be letting go of the delusions he had for his wife and looks like there’s a least a good chance that they’ll be able to work things out. He’s been sounding better and better over the phone the last few days and today I felt like I was talking to my son for the first time since this started – months ago. I think he’ll be transferred to a transitional group home soon.

        Thanks to everybody else who bucked me up here and thanks to all fellow Minnesotans here for the tens of thousands of dollars of tax payer funded mental health services that were needed to turn him around. Indiana, where they were until they came back home in August, had squat in comparison. GOOOOOO TWIIIIIIINS!!!

        At least for now, the happy is back in @happytwinsfan

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      2. Like I told @reflex in some private emails we been exchanging, I’m sick of anonymous. WTF, I ain’t got much money to steal, I invite you to talk to the real me if you are the real you:

        [redacted]. The “r’ stands for Rick.

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      3. “redacted”, you fucking kidding me scouty. maybe some un accountable for spaces will fool your lame ass filter:

        [redacted again — seriously, contact an editor to serve as a go-between for contacts — historiophiliac]. The “r” still stands for Rick, the “s” stands for Steven. I happen to be proud of my name. It’s a family thing.

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      4. It didn’t occur to me until this morning that while I reveal who I really am because I don’t give a damn – identity thieves or whoever bring it on – rule number 1 don’t mess with grouchy old men with nothing to lose – might also reveal to any vile inquisitors the identity of my son and family. Thank you for the redactions.

        /takes lampshade off head

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  10. So I just took a gander at the current tally, and either Scout is going to have to cast a deciding ballot, or we will all be proud members of InterferenceOnTheMound.com 🙂

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