The new organization’s volunteer group met on March 20, 2012. Good progress was made toward picking a name for the organization, and we’re moving forward with a social event inspired by Pecha Kucha.
Attending were Charles Roburn, Jim Royal, Mary Perchanok, Sebastien Cayer, and Susan Armstrong. Two members of the group — Chris L. and Kelly L’Archeveque — could not attend, but submitted comments in advance by email.
The Name Game
To recap, during the most recent round of polling, the following were the top contenders:
ATCM — Association for Technical Communication in Montreal – Association pour technologie et communication de Montréal (5 votes)
CTMTC — Communicateurs Techniques de Montréal Technical Communicators (4 votes)
WOMBAT — Writers of Montreal, Business and Technology (17 votes)
YULC — Montreal Communicators / Communicateurs de Montréal (5 votes)
Some of the new names that have come out of the last few weeks’ worth of discussion that are not acronyms or initialisms include:
Names not considered, or previously voted out: AMRTC-ACTRM, AMRTCP-APCTRM, BCM, COMMA, CTCM, IAMTC, MATC-ACTM, MATWEC-AMRRCT, MCW-TCM, MIATC-AIMCT, MIOTC, MTCA, TCAM-ACTM, TCME-CTME, TCMR-CTMR, TechniPro Montreal, YULTC
Narrowing the List
The volunteer comitte narrowed the choice of names considerably. Many were discovered to be unworkable because the related domain names or social network IDs have already been taken. The name we pick should be available for a web site domain name, a Facebook name, and a Twitter ID.
The committee’s current shortlist of names:
- Ars Communica
The consensus of the group was that we should try to move away from acronyms or initialisms, if possible. Bilingual names in particular tend to create acronyms or initialisms that are lengthy, and less memorable. Instead, the group focused on neologisms that are not language-specific. Neologisms are also more likely to be available for web sites and social network IDs.
In all cases, a descriptive tag line can certainly help clarify the meaning of the name, so a good initialism can still work. And tag lines can be bilingual.
We’re Still Looking for Feedback on the Name
If you think we’re moving off track — that something similar to “STC” would be a better choice, for example — do speak up. If you think one of the discarded names has merit, speak up. However, at this point, we should consider only names that are readily available for web sites and social network IDs.
So have at it in the comments below.
Mary Perchanok has been researching Pecha Kucha for a future event to be held in May or June. Pecha Kucha is a radical departure from the kinds of events that STC-Montreal held, and we’re looking forward to shaking things up a bit. The first go at it will be a trial run with a small number of presenters. We’re looking for a cool an unusual venue for it — perhaps a bar or even a downtown church.
Additional Volunteer Roles
The outgoing president and treasurer of STC-Montreal will retain their roles for the time being; however, these individuals will need to be replaced over the spring and summer.
Other volunteer roles that need to be filled are:
- Secretary (needed immediately)
- Treasurer (needed, ideally, by early summer)
- Vice-President (in training to become a future president)
- Webmaster (a candidate is already under consideration)