If we can reference animal rights without using the words animal rights or the word vegan, it might be more useful to add it to the forum name. My understanding of the issue is that people stereotype vegans as overly sensitive, pretentious hippies or social justice warriors. Both parties are easy to dismiss as unreasonable, so labeling ourselves vegans leads to our ultimate dismissal.EquALLity wrote:I think that these names might be a bit too vague, and they don't really include anything about animal rights, which is largely what we discuss here.
What do you think about that?
Maybe we could name the forum in broader moral terms which describe veganism, like altruism or consequentialism?
We (as usual ) need more information on the matter. Maybe we could conduct an experiment comparing the different forum names' ability to bring new members and the type of members?
Yes, sort of. I really just want to avoid having our forum dismissed as an echo chamber for irrational babies.EquALLity wrote:Maybe you were going for being kind of vague?
I think people attracted by animal rights labels are as follows:EquALLity wrote:I'm just worried that being too non-specific won't spark as much interest, and won't really attract people who are into animal rights (since it's not mentioned in these titles). Vegan Youtubers might also not be interested in promoting the forum when it doesn't mention animal rights.
• Meat eaters who already want to become veg*ns or are curious
• Meat eaters who want to troll veg*ns or are idiots
If we switched to a title that describes a moral system that implies veganism or simply removed veganism, I think we could attract more people:
• Meat eaters whom are interested in objective morality
• Philosophical academia
• Moral nihilists / relativists
But like you said, we would probably be less likely to attract fellow animal rights activists, but I don't think this is necessarily a problem. Why do you think it is?
I think if we mention moral systems that imply veganism, then began YouTubers would be interested in advertising the forum, but if completely eliminate the moral component (like I suggested earlier) there would probably be less promotion.
Ultimately, I think we just need more information.