Riz wrote:well sorry to have come up with such a sucky yet popular suggestion :|
I don't blame you; you have nothing for which to apologize; there was no mistake made by anyone in thinking about that name. You did nothing wrong. Believe that, please.
My reasoning for my words is thus: to be a basement is just too thematically synonymous with the concept of Spam, which was a ration food that became known as cheap to acquire in bulk, to the point of people having too much of it all the time. So they began to dislike it and some anonymous person made the connection to the bulk of bad e-mails or posts they received online in the 90s, when the term was adopted.
I don't mind the slight indication of apprehension, because that is a part of what makes the forum good: the threat of argument that is not merely permitted, but often actively sought. That's why I am trying to think about Spam in a way that allows for the familiarity, but with a spin on it that lets it be more inviting while still maintaining its atmosphere of relaxed discord.
It's an interesting linguistic challenge to me, having seen so many people offer so many ideas about it.