Problem: chat is empty
The main chat for the site frequently freezes due to infrequent usage.
I want more people to use it.
But I think the name is the source of the problem.
Looking the room up is always an exercise in frustration for me.
Ways I find a specific chat room here:
- type in a memorable substring including the name (e.g. "tavern") in the address bar and get it from my history,
- find mention of activity in the sidebar,
- join all my favorite rooms, and look for the name listed on the side.
I don't think "scratch" when I want "emacs". The default text in the
*scratch* buffer says:
;; This buffer is for text that is not saved, and for Lisp evaluation.
;; To create a file, visit it with C-x C-f and enter text in its buffer.
I'm looking for "Emacs". The room is named after a buffer we put junk into. That buffer is always there (by default), and users learn to ignore it.
Naming is hard. The following Q&A decided to make the name of the Emacs room,
*scratch*: How should we name our chat room?
Can we please change the name?
This name is clever. This name is fun.
But this is a bad name because it's not working, and I suspect it's not working because other users have the same experience that I do. To me, the asterisks say "ignore". The word "scratch" screams "ignore".
I propose a rename: "Emacs Chat". It's clear. It says exactly what it is and what we do there.
What about the stakeholders?
legoscia, the one who proposed the name three years ago, is never there. Neither are the other voters (by my count). But I am. I don't live there, but I lurk there most days. And I think we'll get more stakeholders with better branding.
I don't think the current name is working.
What do you think?