With those we have a choice of tags: STR (shortened version of star, but could also have a double meaning of strength which I think works quite nicely). Or SSC and TSS which is what both names abbreviate to by themselves. The latter option (The Shattered Star) deliberately includes the "The" in the name so as to not have our name read as "SS".
[Edit1: Added SSTR for The Shattered Star]
[Edit2: Adding the above has unfortunately reset the vote and will require those who had already voted to vote again. Very sorry for the inconvenience.
- #1 - Shattered Star Community
We've always had a community here so keeping it simple and going with "Community" has seemed like a good idea to me which is why I proposed it before. Individual groups within the community can use alternatives to that if they wish (and we have allowed over the years already) but the name we have above the door and the place that we bring people back to is just the "Community". Which it already is and always has been, just not in name.
Shattered Star Community abbreviates to SSC which is the same tag we wore when we were part of the Confederation way back when but the Confederation exists no longer and hasn't for quite some time now. Since we are the only Shattered Stars remaining (and have never stopped calling ourselves that) I personally think it would be kind of nice to reclaim the tag along with it, just under the Community name. A nod to the past and where we came from but also a move to the future at the same time.
- #2 - Shattered Star or "The Shattered Star"
Same idea above with keeping it simple etc except we have no other name on the end and we just leave it at the Shattered Star. Nothing else. Whether Confederation or eXiles, we have been the Shattered Star since 1997 and that has never changed. Nobody gets to choose a name to stick on the end of it and we stay with what we have always used and all agree on. Looking at it.. this may be the fairest option on everyone here tbh.
Honestly, I'd go with this idea in a heartbeat but there's one problem I've always had with it and that's the tag in which the name abbreviates to by itself. "SS" is not a good tag to have without a third word and that needs no explanation. The clear alternatives being TSS for "The Shattered Star" or "S2" for just "Shattered Star". I do think however, that even if we officially went with "S2" for "Shattered Star" that we'd still get people calling us the SS because that's what the name reads as.
That being said - Another idea has just popped into my head after seeing something Resident Evil related (lol) - "STARS". It moves further away from SS[+] but then so would something like TSS or S2. That being said it kinda makes sense. Whatever variation of the name people are using in their games (like Shattered Star Community for the Star Citizen group, Burning Stars if another group goes with that in the future, or Shattered Star Exiles if the no voters still want to go by that in a limited sense). "STARS" still manages to represent all of its groups and members within. If we went with that it might be a good idea to introduce "The" to the start of our name so as to distance ourselves from "SS" though, that way we'd be "The Shattered Star" rather than just "Shattered Star".
- #3 - Shattered Star Society
Another name which has been suggested before today and would also be fitting for the group.
Tags being either SSS or S3. I like Society but SSS might be a bit too similar to SS I think?. And I feel the same about S3 as I do S2. Hmm. I suppose "STARS" could be applied to this too but I don't think it works as well as with just The Shattered Star myself.
I prepared this post on Monday so as to have something ready to stick up should we have decided to go down this route but having had a few days to think some of these over, if I vote for anything else other than Community it will be "The Shattered Star" with the "STARS" tag (unless someone comes along with a better idea). I do prefer the SSC tag with Community but I could totally get behind that idea too.
Anyone else have any other naming suggestions? Post em up, let's go