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On other sites on the StackExchange network the bot in their chat room has a custom name and a profile picture.

InterpersonalSkills.SE has the Introverted Meta Man and the Extroverted Main Man to post new questions in the chat room.

In our Factory Floor, we have a bot with the lame name Feeds.

Can we change the name to something more cool?

What should we name our bot?

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    $\begingroup$ Glarnak and Glarnak's prophet. $\endgroup$ – Bellerophon Oct 19 '17 at 20:54
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    $\begingroup$ I worry it would make the chat seem focused towards established users who get the jokes (such as Glarnak) rather than a welcoming enviroment for all. $\endgroup$ – Bellerophon Oct 20 '17 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ Featured by request, until there's a more pressing need. :-) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Nov 2 '17 at 0:56
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    $\begingroup$ @Bellerophon As a new user, I think it would make for a fun inside joke for new users to get in on and feel like they're more a part of the community. $\endgroup$ – Byte11 Nov 6 '17 at 4:08
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Slartibartfast from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series is the ultimate Worldbuilder to me.

Quotes:

Arthur Dent: Are you telling me you originally made the Earth?
Slartibartfast: Oh, yes. Did you ever go to a place - I think it was called Norway?
Arthur Dent: No. No, I didn't.
Slartibartfast: Pity. That was one of mine. Won an award, you know. Lovely crinkly edges.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is there any way we can work that into a name which is more obviously a bot, per Olga's answer? I'm not entirely sure how much I feel the need to support people who don't recognize Hitchiker's Guide jokes on sight, but in the name of being civil, we should at least think about it =) $\endgroup$ – Cort Ammon Nov 26 '17 at 19:00
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    $\begingroup$ SlartiBOTfast? Slartibartfast 2.0? Slartibartfast News? Auto-Slartibartfast? Slartibartfast the Bot? Slartibartfast Bot? Link to somewhere else? $\endgroup$ – Brythan Nov 26 '17 at 20:35
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    $\begingroup$ SlartiBOTfast amuses me =) $\endgroup$ – Cort Ammon Nov 26 '17 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ Marvin has a brain the size of a planet... $\endgroup$ – bendl Nov 28 '17 at 19:17
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The Lost Builder

(I don't actually care if we rename the bot, but if we do, well, we already have a mascot, and fan fiction based on it...)

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I would suggest we look to our chat's resident god Glarnak in this issue. I suggest the names Glarnak for the meta bot as, like a god, meta sends down commandments onto us which we must live by.

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    $\begingroup$ @Secespitus If there is it is from before my time. I'd assume James, Daaahwoosh, Green or NextTerran might know. $\endgroup$ – Bellerophon Oct 20 '17 at 19:20
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    $\begingroup$ See here for an answer explaining what appears to be the origin $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir24601 Oct 21 '17 at 10:42
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Since this website allows the use of nicknames/usernames, it would be nice if it were hard to confuse the bot with actual users. I personally would prefer the name to include 'bot'. Something like Bot, The Builder; WB Bot...

I definitely would not want the bot to be named after any fictional character or to be some kind of internal joke. All people here are, most likely, share an interest in fiction (and probably narrower genres of sci-fi and fantasy), however, we read different books and watched different films. We are not guaranteed to recognise a reference.

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After reading Monica's, Bellerphon's, and Olga's answers, I have come to three conclusions.

  1. I could be convinced to use LostBot, WorldBot, or BuildBot (I loved the fan fiction!)...

  2. But then I read the history of Glarnak (Forgive thy humble supplicant, Mighty Glarnak!). I laughed so hard (you people had a ton of fun over the years) that I can't imagine anything else but Glarnak.

  3. But, in the end, Olga's completely right. It needs to be a Bot so new users aren't confused. (GlarBot? BotNak?)

There's certainly a rich history to this site!

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As most of these ideas are bad, let me suggest a neutral name:

B.O.B.


As it seems to have lead to misunderstandings: This is not an acronym, it's just a neutral, simple, reference-less name. I think for worldbuilding it would be fitting to name the bot something that is no reference to any existing works in fiction but allow people to make up their own origin-stories and share them - building their own worlds.

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  • $\begingroup$ ...what does it stand for? $\endgroup$ – MCMastery Nov 4 '17 at 4:17
  • $\begingroup$ @MCMastery nothing at all $\endgroup$ – dot_Sp0T Nov 4 '17 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ While I understand the intention behind your name, it doesn't lend well to new users being able to identify it as a bot. $\endgroup$ – Jakob Lovern Dec 1 '17 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ Microsoft BOB was a major flop. I suggest we do not repeat that. :) $\endgroup$ – a CVn Dec 6 '17 at 8:22
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I would like to propose CL4P-TP as another option

  • the name comes from the game series Borderlands
  • it's the name of the robot that helps the players
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  • $\begingroup$ but what relevance does it have to worldbuilding? $\endgroup$ – worldsmith Nov 22 '17 at 2:17

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