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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 9:39 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Like Jema I've never been entirely comfortable with the name, but unless someone comes up with a decent alternative that's not already taken what option do we have?

Thanks for the link Deeno and the positive comments (apart from the name)

By the way thanks for your comments too Ian

selfsufficientish



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 364
Location: Bristol
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The ither trouble with the term downsizer is that it seems to be a UK only term. (I could be wrong).

Although I do like the name of my site I dread having to tell people it. They never seem to get it on the first go. At least downsizer is a bit easier to understand.

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 26648
Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

selfsufficientish wrote:
The ither trouble with the term downsizer is that it seems to be a UK only term. (I could be wrong).

Although I do like the name of my site I dread having to tell people it. They never seem to get it on the first go. At least downsizer is a bit easier to understand.


i'll confess i struggle typing selfsufficientish it is a bit of a mouthfull and I always expect to get it wrong. Funnily I rarely do, unlike most of my typing.

jema

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Selfsufficientish is such a good name that I think it's worth the effort, and it's easy to remember if not to type (I had to redo the one at the beginning of this sentence and I'm fairly good at typing!).

I think we all feel the same about Downsizer - it's not perfect but what else could you pick without going longwinded or at a tangent?

OH's ma said something like "I used to make all my own bread and cakes and biscuits but we never thought of it as downsizing, just a way of living better, more cheaply". At least Downsizer is catchier than livingbettermorecheaply.com! I do see exactly what she means though - it's a pity we have to have buzzwords for such an old concept, but that's the way things are - just like Jema's thing about "ethical consumer".

Perhaps at least we're reclaiming the word "downsize" for a laudable purpose!

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 05 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's definitely a discussion worth having, and you never know some bright spark might suggest a truly excellent alternative.

selfsufficientish



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Bristol
PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 05 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

what about wellieson.com (wellies on dot com) it is really easy to remember and it is what most downsizers will eventually have to do.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 05 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not bad but we're about more than growing things and we're not confined to rural users either

selfsufficientish



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Location: Bristol
PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 05 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I shall keep thinking on this one. will let you know anyother ideas I have.

Andy B



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We need a definition of what the site is about, and then you could build a name around it. Easier said than done though!
If i had been searching for a site like this i wouldn't have put the word downsizer into my search. It was only through the River Cottage site that i found it !

jema
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Andy B wrote:
We need a definition of what the site is about, and then you could build a name around it. Easier said than done though!
If i had been searching for a site like this i wouldn't have put the word downsizer into my search. It was only through the River Cottage site that i found it !


the trouble is that this site has many competing identities

We have the core ideas of:

Smallholding/downshifting
Ethical Consumption
Promotion of ethical small business by encouraging cross trade.
Campaigning over issues like supermarkets
Provision of useful resources.

These are all sympathetic to each other, and given that we are a site where the members ideas influence where we go, more ideas may be added to the list.

I don't think you will ever find a name to handle them all.

jema

selfsufficientish



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Bristol
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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I don't think you will ever find a name to handle them all.


Now that sounds like a challange, do we get a free downsizer t-shirt if we do. Hang on it would not be a downsizer t-shirt it would be whatever the new name is.

Anyway surely you have now got a bit of a following up, would changing the name perhaps be a bit detremental?

jema
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

selfsufficientish wrote:
Quote:
I don't think you will ever find a name to handle them all.


Now that sounds like a challange, do we get a free downsizer t-shirt if we do. Hang on it would not be a downsizer t-shirt it would be whatever the new name is.

Anyway surely you have now got a bit of a following up, would changing the name perhaps be a bit detremental?


TBH I think it is a non starter on those very grounds. We are getting 1000+ hits via search engines a month now, and why throw that away?

jema

Rob R



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The name doesn't bother me in the slightest- if anything, I'm trying my best to 'upsize', but trying to find a single word to describe all the people on here would be nigh on impossible

judyofthewoods



Joined: 29 Jan 2005
Posts: 804
Location: Pembrokeshire
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sensibleliving.com, or wholisticliving.com springs to mind after the last post. Trouble is, once you have a name and people know of you, it would probably cause confusion if you change it. Better the devil you know, I guess. It sure is difficult finding a name that covers everything you want to convey. I struggled with finding a good name for my site, and ended up doing a snapp decision whilst the tutor who was teaching me html and basic site design was waiting for a decision whilst fillling in the application form for the sitehost.
Downsizer is not a bad name, the only small proviso is that some people are shifting up to live this kind of life, some people shift over. In a language and society dominated by polarities and specialities, its not easy to find words that subtly cover a whole range of things. Still, could be worse, just count your blessings that its not German, or the site would be called www.runtergroesserer.net

jema
Downsizer Moderator


Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 05 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judyofthewoods wrote:
just count your blessings that its not German, or the site would be called www.runtergroesserer.net


Oddly enough, that site does not exist

jema

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