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self-explanatory idea names

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gnormal, Feb 15 2001

Self-Explanatory Idea Names http://www.halfbake...tory_20idea_20names
[badoingdoing, Feb 15 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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PotatoStew, Feb 15 2001
  

      
hippo, Feb 16 2001
  

       I don't get it.
sirrobin, Feb 16 2001
  

       zippyanna and sirrobin: see badoingdoing's link.
PotatoStew, Feb 19 2001
  

       That link must be wrong. It should point to Self-Referential Idea Names.
sirrobin, Feb 19 2001
  

       At the risk of explaining the self-explanatory: a lot of ideas are listed by names that do absolutely nothing to describe the idea, or are so vague as to be meaningless. They tend to be "cute" ideas that are more marketing than description.
bookworm, Feb 19 2001
  

       ...or not even ideas for inventions at all.
iuvare, Feb 20 2001
  

       Huh. I thought this idea was going to be about something else.
centauri, Feb 20 2001
  

       Can I think about it?
DrBob, Feb 23 2001
  

       What's wrong with marketing isn't that it misleads, but that it's pointless (I'd add counterproductive) for this forum, where there's no actual product being sold. I think a halfbakery idea description should be much more similar to a patent application than a television commercial; it should tell what the invention does (and to some degree how it works), not just why it's necessary (which most marketspeak ideas are not).   

       And no, you're not a clever parodist because you wrote ad copy for a particularly silly invention. Bassmaster and Sledge-o-matic have been around for several decades now.
bookworm, May 29 2001
  

       There are two problems, aren't there: idea names that describe the thing they mean to change, ie "Teeth" or "Car," and idea names that use cutesy product names like "Sallywax." For the first, fergawdsake append some hint about the actual innovation, ie "Carbide Teeth" or "Rotating Car." The second kind has a legitimate use in parody (was Sallywax a sly meta-comment on the Halfbakery itself?) but IMHO should be avoided for real-world ideas. (Well, if any of these things *can* be called real-world ideas.) You can always put ad-copy in the body of the idea if you think it will help people visualize the thing. Argh, too many words shut up dog ed.
Dog Ed, May 29 2001
  

       That seems like more of a Shelbyville kind of idea...
dgeiser13, May 30 2001
  

       Improvement of Idea.
The Military, Jun 24 2001
  

       Some people may need to refer to the idea submission guidelines. Anyways, striving for ultimate semantic clarity often would lead to unweildy, verbose names that, ultimately, mislead, as words cannot perfectly signify their referents. And yes, "Self-Referential Idea Names" constitutes a more semantically correct name for this posting. Sheesh
1kester, Dec 04 2001
  

       No, because then the name would have to be 'This is the name of the idea', referring to itself.
StarChaser, Dec 07 2001
  

       What do you mean by "this," "is" and "the"?
1kester, Jan 25 2002
  

       an idea can be self-referential without saying "I, the idea, am self-referential." so yea: "self-explanatory idea names" is self-referencing, but no need for reclassifying... Also, "self-explanatory idea names" is mighty slick. Mighty.
redundantly_redundant, Nov 16 2002
  

       Brevity [+]
zen_tom, Aug 30 2005
  

       May I rain on the parade and cry "advocacy"?   

       No?   

       I'll be on my way, then.
5th Earth, Aug 30 2005
  

       I just spent 5 minutes clicking that link.
bungston, Aug 31 2005
  

       I posted a similar idea in Computer:Game:All in one called [See Link]. It's only redeeming quality was the category choice, which I thought quite witty.   

       Jutta MFD'd me in about five minutes, and I and the idea made a hasty exit. It was fun while it lasted :-)
normzone, Aug 31 2005
  

       I've been stuck here for weeks! Can someone please post an exit link before my sta[Stack overflow exception at 0x0128f280.]
Dub, Aug 31 2005
  

       Bun for [gnormal], bun for [badoingdoing], bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun, bun.   

       Is [gnormal] the anti-[vernon]?
wagster, Aug 31 2005
  

      
DesertFox, Sep 01 2005
  

       I clicked badoingdoing by mistake. Was wondering what that meant.
pashute, Feb 03 2009
  
      
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