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.

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The Benchmark

Benchmarking Room

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

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  • Yes. I like this one. – ArtOfCode 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. :)

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

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  • 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?

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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.

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Napier's bones

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

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Possibly, but I can't really see us having a chatroom called the Keyboard. – ArtOfCode 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 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 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.

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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 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 Sep 12 '15 at 20:58

The Hardware General Square

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