Echo Project is mislabeld as "metafilter related"? July 13, 2003 2:15 AM   Subscribe

Think the only thing "MetaFilter-related" about The Echo Project is that it's a reason for Dave Winer to have another FPP-level hissy fit? Well, since copyright conflicts won't allow the developers behind "Echo" to call it "Echo", they're putting out a call for alternate names, and one of the most popular proposals so far is MetaPub. Is this infringement on the MetaFilter name? Will this cause future confusion among the already easily confused? Is this something that this Meta Community should take a stand on?
BTW, other popular names: Necho (as in Not Echo), Spark and Lokahi (obscure Hawaiian term). A couple folks are also pushing MetaVox.
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 2:15 AM (20 comments total)

One more question: Is this the kind of thing that should be brought up by the asshat who registered (and self-links to it incessantly)?
posted by wendell at 2:22 AM on July 13, 2003

Matt Haughy files suit against Journal of Metaphysics. Film at 11.
posted by Space Coyote at 3:50 AM on July 13, 2003

Why don't they call it pancakes? Everyone likes pancakes. I like pancakes.

Or Pie, Pie sounds good as well.

Hmm, me hungry now.
posted by sebas at 3:56 AM on July 13, 2003

Yeah, that and Spike TV. ;-P
posted by mischief at 4:26 AM on July 13, 2003

MetaPub is a dumb name for the technology, but I'm really not the type of person to ever tell someone they're "infringing" on MetaFilter, unless they're copying it whole hog.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:48 AM on July 13, 2003

This is just silly. Meta is a common prefix , metadata, metatag, metaphysics, etc. Sure, it's a dumb name in the context of (n)Echo but MeFi certainly has no claim on it.

Myself, I think it should be called Curry.
posted by cedar at 6:32 AM on July 13, 2003

Yes, Matt invented the word "Meta"... Ya-huh...

The only way it'd infringe on this site is if "MetaPub" was host to semi-amusing near-anarchy with a penchant for big words and epic prose.

And I think we've got a monopoly on that.
posted by Dark Messiah at 8:24 AM on July 13, 2003

If they try and name it I'll want a chocolate variety.
posted by DBAPaul at 8:52 AM on July 13, 2003

Or Pie, Pie sounds good as well.

"Pie" was actually one of the first names proposed. I think the idea was that the new format should be "easy as pie". I'm not sure why they don't like it; I think it's the best name yet.
posted by timeistight at 9:21 AM on July 13, 2003


Almost Clever Method Of Replicating The Same Old Blather Onto A Million Sites The Details Of Which Will Be Fought Over Endlessly And In The End Used Only By Its Originators Who Will Make You Gag And Barf As They Constantly Crow Over How Great It Was That They Invented It.
posted by quonsar at 9:21 AM on July 13, 2003

quonsar, very nice but violates the no acronyms guideline so KISS off.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:02 AM on July 13, 2003

Echo, yet not echo?

Reverberation, baby.

Or Reverb.

Email me for the address to send the royalty checks.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:27 AM on July 13, 2003

Necho should stay. It's already caught on as the new name. Trying to change it now will result in fragmentation. Necho also works as 'new Echo', and someone just registered a few days ago, so I guess someone has plans..
posted by wackybrit at 11:43 AM on July 13, 2003

Metapub just sounds like a place to get cheap beer, to me.
posted by jokeefe at 1:21 PM on July 13, 2003

Sounds like the name of a pretentious noomeeja magazine to me. Y'know, the type of magazines that mention A-list bloggers and weblog related projects.
posted by wackybrit at 3:53 PM on July 13, 2003

Necho cheesy. Vote Spark.
posted by rcade at 4:20 PM on July 13, 2003

posted by weston at 6:50 PM on July 13, 2003

I say we sue the bastards. Sweetheart, get Edwin J. Jacobs on the line!
posted by languagehat at 7:16 PM on July 13, 2003


No, I didn't google 'em, nor did I advertently follow any guidelines - just having a bit of fun, is all.
posted by Opus Dark at 2:18 AM on July 14, 2003

I am currently applying for all variations of domain names based on all possible combinations of all words listed in Liddell and Scott's English-Greek Lexicon (yes, that Liddell), including prefixes like meta- and (my personal favorite) cata-. I foresee a boom in cata- and syn- based domain names as paradigms shift. Look for a minor market to develop in -plexis and -strophe as well.
posted by hairyeyeball at 5:59 PM on July 15, 2003

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