When the name of a research vessel gets put out to the Internet to vote on, you would think they would have done their research first.
People may be aware of a recent news piece where the Natural Environment Research Council asked the Internet to come up with a name for their new vessel.
Recent history doesn’t show many happy endings for things that are put “out there” for the Internet community to have a say in.
With a little research, what the “geniuses” who came up with the idea should have done is presented a list of optional names – but they didn’t and now they will either have to name their boat Boaty McBoatface or make a mockery of having a vote in the first place and call it something else.
There is light at the end of the tunnel though. Lets say they go with the Boaty name, is it not an ideal way to engage the project with younger people and appeal to them with a Thomas the Tank Engine type character? I think that’s the only way to save the campaign creators “McBoatfaces”.
So lets join the voice of free speech and vote Boaty McBoatface as the name of the vessel. Perhaps it will serve as a lesson for those who seek attention for their project/product.
At the time of writing this article, the website to vote on was reported as down. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide, whilst we all wait to see a shiny new vessel launching on the water, proudly displaying the name “Boaty McBoatface” we can also hope to have a guest appearance by the genius who came up with the idea of giving the naming suggestions to the Internet.
In a world of mostly nonsense on the news from government and its associated agencies, at least this lightens the mood.
You can vote for Boaty here. (When the site returns)