We have a chatroom. It's currently called "Hardware Recommendations", which is the default name for a new site's chatroom.

What better names are there? As one of the Real Essential Meta Questions, this is something we can tackle now.

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    There's a pun somewhere in here that I can't quite get to work. Something like it being "hard" to find "where" the perfect recommendations are. :P – Doorknob Sep 9 '15 at 20:45

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: this suggestion, having won out in the voting after a fortnight, has been used as the name.

The Rec Center

A play on "Recreation Center" that describes what happens there while still giving a nod to the site's name.


The Benchmark

Benchmarking Room

Usually associated with assessing/evaluating performance characteristics of computer hardware.

  • Yes. I like this one. – ArtOfCode Mod Sep 12 '15 at 21:03
  • I particularly like "The Benchmark", even though it's not technically a place it rolls off the tongue easier. – Undo Sep 13 '15 at 3:03

The Hardware Store

Cheesy and stupid. :)



I was thinking that the chat room could be less about purchasing and more about a discussion. (Also kinda cheezy)

  • Anther thought was Hard Recs! (As it sounds like an action hero group haha.) – Gram Sep 10 '15 at 16:34
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    @Gram-I would recommend you to name it "The Computer Users" – user264 Sep 12 '15 at 2:45

The Hardware Showroom
(or some variation of it)

This site offers the best hardware on the market. Why not put it in a showroom?


The Abacus

Since ancient times, the abacus was early used for arithmetic/computation tasks. Roman abacus was used in Babylonia as early as 2400 BC and this was early device of computing hardware based on wiki.


Napier's bones

An 18th century manually-operated calculating device (Renaissance hardware).

  • Gosh, that sure sounds spooky! – Dawny33 Sep 16 '15 at 7:53


The first electronic general-purpose computer hardware (Turing-complete device).



Short for vacuum tube computers. These are early programmable digital computers by using electromechanical relays and followed by systems built from discrete transistors.


The Keyboard

This is the key hardware which we all use since beginning of computer era and it will stay for further for longer period of time. I'm sure ~99% of chat users (exempt smart-device users) use it as a primary device on the chat room. Without it, you won't be able to use the chat.

  • Possibly, but I can't really see us having a chatroom called the Keyboard. – ArtOfCode Mod Sep 12 '15 at 20:57


This is the main hardware where all information is stored (unless it's SSD:), including everything what's happening on chat. We rely on it and when it fails (the one where we keep chat logs), the chat room fails.

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    What relation does this have to a chat room? Sure, it's hardware, but it's neither punny nor chatroom name material. – ArtOfCode Mod Sep 12 '15 at 20:56
  • HDD is a hardware. – kenorb Sep 12 '15 at 20:58
  • Well aware of that. I even said "sure, it's hardware" in that last comment. It still doesn't work as a chatroom name, for me. – ArtOfCode Mod Sep 12 '15 at 20:59

If the Software Recoommendations chat is the Rec Center (which it isn't, and that proposal currently sits at #2), then the Hardware Recommendations chat should be the Rec Peripheral.


The Store

Shorter version of The Hardware Store. This is the place where you talk about your hardware and you get recommendations.

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    No, because this doesn't tell anyone anything about what the chatroom is. – ArtOfCode Mod Sep 12 '15 at 20:55
  • Many chat room names doesn't tell you that. – kenorb Sep 12 '15 at 20:56
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    True, but they should if possible. If there are better suggestions, and the community thinks there are in this case, they should be used. – ArtOfCode Mod Sep 12 '15 at 20:58

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