Curious to hear what other folks think. Is “Etherean” an appropriate name for this community/movement/whatever this is? I can think of both pros and cons.
- The vast majority of us consider ourselves members of the Ethereum community (whatever that is), so “Etherean” is an identity that resonates. We share many values with the Ethereum community.
- It’s short and sounds good, at least in English.
- The definition of “ethereal” is “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world” or “lacking material substance : immaterial, intangible.” “Etherean” could be defined as “one who is or exhibits ethereal qualities.” These definitions resonate for me for two reasons: 1. we are trying to build something better, but the movement is still fragile. 2. I don’t feel like a citizen of any one particular place, and I suspect I share this sentiment with many in this community (I spoke about this in my talk). My identity and “citizenship”, so to speak, exist only “in the ether.”
- This is about a lot more than Ethereum. We need to organize and brand ourselves in such a way that we appeal to anyone in the world that shares our goals and values. Most of all we do not want to be, nor to appear, exclusive: I don’t want people to think “Etherean” is some exclusive club for people in the Ethereum community.
- Ethereum has a branding problem: when the general public hears “Ethereum” they immediately think “scam.”
- It’s easy to misspell (as “Etherian” - I did register etherian.org as well just in case)
- The Ethereum Foundation holds a trademark on “Ethereum” (never enforced in the case of Ethereum Classic) and the names are similar enough that hypothetically there could be some confusion, although of course “Etherean” is a. not a legal entity and b. has nothing directly to do with blockchains. We don’t want to suggest any formal tie to Ethereum or the Foundation.
- Easy to mistake/misspell “Etherean” for “Ethereum”; in fact Metamask automatically blacklisted the domain initially.