Ok, so we know electronics.stackexchange has been seeded with content from chiphacker.com, but will this new site also use the name?

Would anyone like to propose any other names?

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    \$\begingroup\$ More importantly, will it retain the octopus logo? :) \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Sep 29 '10 at 20:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ @endolith - That was no ordinary octopus - That was an Electropus! \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin Vermeer Sep 29 '10 at 22:23

Short Circuit

I like this name because:

  1. Retains the error code theme of sites like Stack Overflow and Server Fault.
  2. Is catchy? That's a subjective point, but I like it.
  3. The initials SC aren't taken by any other site.
  4. Implies a quick path to answers to electronics question
  5. Is difficult to mistake for consumer electronics.
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    \$\begingroup\$ While I like the name "Short Circuit" in keeping with the tradition of similar concepts like "Stack Overflow" and "Server Fault" -- my objection is that this is the same name as a popular 80's movie, which might cause confusion. \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Mar 19 '11 at 2:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JYelton - Well, I was born three years after that movie came out. Besides, it looks like a geeky movie anyways, which I wouldn't mind the site being associated with (though that's only from reading the Wikipedia plot summary). I doubt that people will really be confused about the situation. \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin Vermeer Mar 19 '11 at 4:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ Being born after something is no reason not to be aware of its existence. The copyright lawyers probably won't care about birthdays. \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Mar 20 '11 at 17:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ The term "short circuit" was well-known long before any movies with the name. I think the movie is irrelevant, even from copyright and trademark perspective. \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Mar 21 '11 at 15:07

You know what, I'm going to add my own answer here, in case I didn't make it clear enough in my question text:

I vote to keep the name ChipHacker.

(& the octopus)

  • \$\begingroup\$ -1 Because electronics (less and less I admit...) encompasses much more than integrated circuits... \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Mar 18 '11 at 19:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JYelton SMD resistors and capacitors and diodes are not integrated circuits, but they are still 'chips'. \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Mar 20 '11 at 16:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wow...to those with <750 rep, this question has 10 upvotes and 5 downvotes. Hotly contested! \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin Vermeer Mar 20 '11 at 17:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 for chiphacker. In some circles, "hacker" is still pejorative. It shouldn't be. It's a badge of honour, celebrating ingenuity and understanding. catb.org/jargon/html/H/hacker.html \$\endgroup\$ – Toby Jaffey Mar 20 '11 at 21:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Joby I don't like the name, "hacker" doesn't suggest novel design, let alone designing circuits outside of casual settings. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick T Mar 20 '11 at 21:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ I would pronounce this "Chiffacker" \$\endgroup\$ – oracle certified professional Jan 10 '13 at 12:58

I'll throw out a name suggestion, just to see if there's any further interest in doing so:


Electronics and Robotics: Engineering and Design

  • \$\begingroup\$ Interesting idea. I think it would be easier to read as two words, but that's a small detail. I think there is further interest in name suggestions, because we're soon to get a recommendation from Robert (or another community manager) about whether or not we're including Robotics in the community. \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin Vermeer Mar 19 '11 at 0:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Current in batteries and other components is a flow of ions, not electrons. :D \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Mar 20 '11 at 16:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @endolith That's true but the name is an attempt to be more broadly accessible. Most people, even if not familiar with circuits at all, are more familiar with the electron from its everyday use. IonFlow I think, most people would assume the site is about those ionizing air cleaners! \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Mar 20 '11 at 17:12

I think "Electronics" is perfect

(Then changed his mind, but answer left the same so that votes for it are still for the right thing. If you don't want "electronics", then vote this answer down.)

  • \$\begingroup\$ "Electronics", IMO, places too much emphasis on discrete components and ignores issues of programming and system engineering that we want to include. "Chip" refers to components which require electronics knowledge, and which may also require programming. "Hacker" does lend a less formal/professional tone to the site, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Kevin Vermeer Oct 3 '10 at 18:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ My response was based on this post: blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/09/merging-season "Electronics" is more generic and "Chiphacker" more specific. \$\endgroup\$ – Daniel Grillo Oct 4 '10 at 16:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ So this is a site for questions about iPhones and TVs? \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Mar 18 '11 at 20:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @endolith I've updated my opinion. Thanks \$\endgroup\$ – Daniel Grillo Mar 18 '11 at 22:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ I changed it back so that votes still show the amount of support this name had. You should vote up the answer you like \$\endgroup\$ – endolith Mar 20 '11 at 16:35

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