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I'm thinking - what is something that users would associated with a low cost way to exress yourself in the "real world" - maybe go off of that. EG: speakerphone - "your online speakerphone" or voice - "your online voice" --Sam Odio 13:28, 23 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Dunno. Seems to me, we want to express the notion of quasi-independent ranches or homesteads. Something like a far Western county, circa 1880. Large cattle ranches, each pretty much the responsibility of one family, with a small town in the middle common to all.

If I understand your idea correctly, you don't really intend BluWiki to operate with a high degree of collaboration. I put up my pages, you put up yours, he puts up his. We don't expect to be editing each other's pages. We might have some pages in common, but mostly, not. Right? —"Bear" 05:15, 24 Sep 2005 (EDT)

I think that's pretty much correct. --Sam Odio 17:14, 24 Sep 2005 (EDT)

So, the ideas that radiate from the word "homestead" are meant to evoke a sense of ownership of just your patch. I'm having trouble developing other words that speak to the same sense of ownership acquired not by purchase, but by being present and working the land -- yet implying a certain civic duty.

The homesteaders of the American West were studies in contradiction. On one hand, they were fierce individualists who braved all sorts of hardships in order to claim land of their own -- individual property, every man a king, answerable to nobody but their God and the Constitution of the United States. On the other hand, the hardships were very real and often overpowering; perforce they must stand with each other to some degree, and community feeling was often very strong. Independent, yet interdependent. What a man did on his own ranch was nobody's business at all; what that same man did in town was pretty much the concern of every other member of the community -- openly discussed and judged throughout the day in barbershop, diner, and saloon.

By modern standards, these were isolated communities; a man might well expect to be born, grow to manhood, marry, raise kids of his own, and die all in the same county; but there was, by the standards of the previous century, a great deal of mobility. The very size of the West encouraged men to devise transportation, even in the absence of new technology: the stagecoach. Of course, the railroad was the great highway of that time, bringing a constant stream of new faces from the East Coast and even Europe. Steamers carried an astonishing amount of traffic, too, right around Cape Horn and all of South America; and more often from New York to Gulf Coast ports. This mobility -- among many other social effects -- led to waves of crime -- murder, robbery, fraud grand and petty. It took some time for a newcomer to gain the trust of a wary community; while the oldtimers, being known quantities, enjoyed much greater respect. Thus, a person was extraordinarily careful of his reputation and public character.

Yet these same men and women who put such a high value on social bonds would have fought to the last bullet any attempt to collectivize their holdings. Perhaps another race of beings would have looked at such a situation and said, "Well, this is hostile territory; besides the Injuns and the Mexicans, there's bandit gangs and bad weather. We cannot depend on the outside world for daily needs; we must have our own church, our own saloon, our own jail, our own cemetary. We must depend on each other so much that we may as well build one big house in the middle and work all the land in common." But that is exactly what they did not do. First the cattle ranchers, then the sheep herders, and finally the farmers came; each grabbed a piece of land; each piece was worked pretty much by one family.

So, the homesteaders -- the settlers of the West more than the true pioneers -- struck a balance between individuality and community. And this is the image that keeps running through my mind.

—"Bear" 05:56, 28 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Vote: 3 (Your Wiki Homestead)

After crawling through the pages on this wiki I think that Bear's impression of the isolation of this wiki is accurate. (I know agreement isn't what you wanted Bear but too bad ;) Chotchki 13:46, 7 December 2005 (EST)

Action

Okay; the vote at this time runs 1/3 each for any of several suggestions I made; 1 for cool whatever; and 1 for Your Wiki Homestead.

It is done. — "Bear" 13:01, 16 January 2006 (EST)

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