As you know, we have a chat room! Where you are welcome to come and have a chat about... whatever you like.

I have previously suggested potentially having chatcast/organised meetings in there. To kick things off, I think we should name it. Why?


is pretty boring really. I mean, I'm sure we can think up something better than that, to make a house a home. For example:

  • Gaming's chat room is named The Bridge.
  • Server fault's chat room is named The Comms Room.
  • Security's chat room is named The DMZ.

So, suggestions and thoughts?

Yes, if a good proposal comes around. If no good proposal comes now, it can stay "cryptography" without major damage for more time. Unfortunately, I now have no idea how it could be named. – Paŭlo Ebermann Nov 11 '11 at 2:59
"Alice's and Bob's Room" (just kidding) – HedgeMage Nov 11 '11 at 15:26
@HedgeMage actually I quite like "Alice's and Bob's Room", after all it is historical conventional notation in cryptography (this is the only field I've ever seen them used in, but apparently they are used in Physics too) – Thomas Oct 31 '12 at 5:17
Thought I'd revive this discussion and make it a featured post so it shows up in our Community Bulletin. – mikeazo Dec 5 '12 at 20:07
Is having multiple suggestions per answer really a good idea? – CodesInChaos Dec 10 '12 at 18:18
@CodesInChaos, probably not, but there is a minimum character limit for an answer, so a lot of the room names might not be allowed as an individual answer unless we add some extra text to the answer. Perhaps that is better than the current practice though. – mikeazo Dec 10 '12 at 18:44
I'll give it another week, now that we are starting to get some interest in this. Then I'll use the top answer. – mikeazo Mar 17 '15 at 14:30
Winner chosen!! – mikeazo Mar 21 '15 at 14:06
up vote 14 down vote accepted

How about "The Side Channel"?

(Besides being a recognized crypto term, as well as descriptive of chat as a secondary communications channel, it's also somewhat appropriate — in a silly punnish way — because a link to the chat room is typically shown in the sidebar on the main site. Or, at least, it would be shown if we actually had people actively chatting there.)


The Crypt

Edited to just leave one answer. The other one is down there v

I'm trying to resurrect the thread. I wish I knew which people were voting for. – mikeazo Mar 7 '15 at 15:24
This should be two answers, not one. – Maarten Bodewes Mar 12 '15 at 12:35
The Crypt is nice, voting for that one. – Maarten Bodewes Mar 12 '15 at 12:36
You're right, it should have been just one. Wonder if I can get away with making this the Crypt and posting another with the Knapsack :-) – Rory Alsop Mar 12 '15 at 12:55
@RoryAlsop, I say go for it. Once edited, people can change their votes, I believe. – mikeazo Mar 12 '15 at 13:40
Done :-) other post now just with knapsack – Rory Alsop Mar 12 '15 at 13:44

We could all hang out at our "pad", hopefully not just the one-time though.



(a play on off-the-record)


Eve's Lair

(needed to put some more characters to get this to post)

Echo. "Eve's Lair "is nice. Alternatively, it could be "Eve's nest"… so people feel right at home ;) (Too bad the chat is so abandoned/inactive). – e-sushi Oct 7 '13 at 16:55

How about Chosen Plaintext Room? Or just Chosen Plaintext.


The knapsack split out from my old post years ago.


Bletchley Park






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