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A former translator, I worked the first seven years of my professional life in the translation industry, in various positions. While I learned a lot from this experience, it also left me, as a writer, frustrated. Translators are chained to their source text and writing the words of others in another language, usually focusing on what their clients want. more ...

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Impressions from tcworld 2017

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My first time at tekom

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Where are we meeting today?

They are called I, II, 501 or B7. They are the big one, the small one, or, depending on the color of their interior, the blue, the red, or the yellow. Often, they are called what they are: meeting room. If there are several, one adds a number.

Some companies are more creative when it comes to meeting room names. During a quick research we found:

  • Ms Moneypenny
  • Gigabyte
  • Cave
  • Cooler
  • Fishbowl

Or, if you like it a tad more conventional:

  • Moscow, Paris, Berlin
  • K2, Mount Everest, Matterhorn
  • Mars, Jupiter, Pluto

„Where are we meeting today?“
„In Paris.“

That sounds so much better than „in 501.“ Also, the staff may make feel special.

How does one find a good name for a meeting room? Somewhere we read: „Pick a theme that reflects your culture.“

Companies that name their conference rooms after explorers, like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, or Leifur Eiríksson, are problably in the travel business or create navigation systems. We imagine that book publishers name their rooms after the Nobel laureates and that the employees of the Institute for Gravitational Physics hold their meetings in Einstein, Newton, or Schrödinger.

And that the ones at Apple all start with that i.

Our meeting room still has no name. Some call it „The Hole“. Yes, it is in the basement, but we appreciate its location during the summer. The more we read about the subject, the more obvious it becomes: that meeting room needs a proper name.

What reflects our company culture?

We argue about the Oxford comma and the difference between multiple and various. We discuss APIs, variant management, and user-oriented authoring. We talk about guidelines, XML, and DTDs. And, of course, we talk about the users, our readers.

Can you think of a name for our meeting room? Inspire us! Share your ideas, help us find a proper name. We will consider the most interesting proposals. We might even praise you on our website.

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