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Old 03-27-2009, 12:19 PM   #46
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The Conservatory - cos it's more conservative than the Lounge?

(Or Conversatory - a play on words, but possibly a bit silly.)
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:20 PM   #47
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All important discussion are known to happen around the "water cooler"

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"The Water Cooler" I like that, Dale. It gives you the feeling that you could discuss topics like the latest episode of a favorite TV program, an interesting News item (non-ebook related), a recently visited vacation spot, etc. Although I have never worked in a place with a water cooler (the teachers' lounge is where we hung out), it seems like the new forum concept would fit nicely under that title.

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:23 PM   #48
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Although I have never worked in a place with a water cooler (the teachers' lounge is where we hung out), it seems like the new forum concept would fit nicely under that title.

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We always had a water cooler, but it was always in "The Break Room".

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:24 PM   #49
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The Conservatory - cos it's more conservative than the Lounge?
Having recently played a number of games of CLUE with my kids, this begs the question, "Professor Plum in the Conservatory with the Wrench?" Sorry, I think I'm having flashbacks.

I am still leaning toward "The Water Cooler".

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:28 PM   #50
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We always had a water cooler, but it was always in "The Break Room".

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"The Break Room" would work, as well! We only had drinking fountains and those I tried to stay away from except under extreme circumstances! I worked with children, after all.

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:34 PM   #51
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How about:

The Snug
The Lair
The Fortress of Solitude
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Uncle Jim's Serious Corner
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Okay, okay, so I can't think of anything that isn't mildly stupid
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:21 PM   #52
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"The Water Cooler" I like that, Dale. It gives you the feeling that you could discuss topics like the latest episode of a favorite TV program, an interesting News item (non-ebook related), a recently visited vacation spot, etc. Although I have never worked in a place with a water cooler (the teachers' lounge is where we hung out), it seems like the new forum concept would fit nicely under that title.

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I suspect that is a US-specific expression. I'd never heard of a "water cooler" until I looked up its meaning on reading this. Perhaps not a good idea to use such a term on a world-wide board like MR.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:44 PM   #53
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We've got one in our university common room in Wales.
And we usually have water coolers available at conferences.
So the item is beginning to catch on, Harry.
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Old 03-27-2009, 01:52 PM   #54
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'Water cooler moment' is a common phrase in the UK for something in the media (usually TV) that gets people talking the following day.

But, as the new forum is designed to be a haven from the 'excesses' of the Lounge, might I suggest calling it The Asylum?

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Old 03-27-2009, 02:16 PM   #55
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I'm afraid this has already gone off-topic, but if you are suggesting names already, I'll take the liberty to propose "The Athenaeum". To me, at least, it has the connotation of serious discussion.
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:20 PM   #56
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:43 PM   #57
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:48 PM   #58
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Ben Franklin's discussion group was called JUNTO. I think the meaning of the word has changed somewhat since then, but I'm just sayin' . . .

Maybe just Discussion Group.

. . . Roundtable

. . . Comment and Debate

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Old 03-27-2009, 04:42 PM   #59
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Interesting poll results so far.

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Ben Franklin's discussion group was called JUNTO. I think the meaning of the word has changed somewhat since then, but I'm just sayin' . . .

Maybe just Discussion Group.

........... . . Roundtable

. . .......... Comment and Debate

How about Comments and Discussion
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Old 03-27-2009, 07:04 PM   #60
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I voted 1 - I often mark entire forums as read when I'm catching up, but very rarely notice tags! However, whilst I happy to miss out on the talk about Kindles, CyBooks and other devices I don't own, I wouldn't want to miss out on the lounge.

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I'm afraid this has already gone off-topic, but if you are suggesting names already, I'll take the liberty to propose "The Athenaeum". To me, at least, it has the connotation of serious discussion.
I rather like that for a serious discussion forum

Or about pinching a leaf from Oxford University Press and calling it Notes and Queries?. Then again, maybe not - I seem to recall The Grauniad has a similarly named section, which is altogether more silly, so that might confuse UK bods at the very least...

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