The chatroom name is so bland. "Vim." Look at all the creative names others have thought up:

  • "Root Access" for Super User
  • "The DMZ" for Security
  • "The Renderfarm" for Blender
  • "The Litter Box" for Pets
  • "The Hangar" for Aviation
  • "You Are Here" for Travel
  • "The Water Cooler" for The Workplace
  • "The Whiteboard" for Programmers
  • "The Nineteenth Byte" for Code Golf
  • etc...

Can we think of a better name for our chatroom?

Only one idea per answer, please. Vote up the ideas that you like!

Stolen from Coffee meta, which was in turn stolen from Lifehacks meta, which was stolen from PPCG meta. But that's okay, because I wrote all of those posts too. :P

  • 1
    You forgot 'Software Recommendations' for Software Recommendations. That's the most creative one.
    – Undo
    Feb 3 '15 at 18:40
  • @Undo But that's just because we couldn't agree on a better one..
    – Seth
    Feb 3 '15 at 19:51
  • 4
    Do you know you can actually chat with vi? You can use ii, and write to the sockets with vi/vim. Did that for a while, had all sorts of keybinds for sending commands and such... Feb 3 '15 at 22:16


It's obvious what it means, and it's vi-y.

  • 20
    I want to chat no matter what so I want to :chat!
    – yo'
    Feb 3 '15 at 20:30
  • 3
    @yo' - The ! adds some great energy to it, too.
    – kenny
    Feb 5 '15 at 22:05
  • I shared my thoughts as another answer... What about set :chat?
    – user486
    Feb 13 '15 at 13:01

The Escape

Most of your examples started with "The" and the escape key is commonly used in vim. Also, a chat is a place to escape from other things for a while.

  • Updated with capital E
    – johannes
    Feb 3 '15 at 19:14
  • 5
    We should abbreviate it to The Esc.
    – derobert
    Feb 3 '15 at 22:50
  • 2
    I don't like TLAs that much and even the long form is cryptic enough, imo. But it's on the community at large to decide :-)
    – johannes
    Feb 4 '15 at 15:18
  • 1
    I wonder if we can just name it ^[
    – Kevin
    Feb 13 '15 at 0:40

How do I get out?

I just had to.

  • 3
    Nice joke, bad name for a room, at least in my opinion.
    – yo'
    Feb 3 '15 at 19:13
  • I think it's great!
    – Seth
    Feb 3 '15 at 19:51
  • maybe "go out" (i.e., have a party) rather then "get out" (i.e., I don't wanna be here)? What about Let me go out!? Ah, I can try that one myself and we'll see ;)
    – yo'
    Feb 3 '15 at 19:55

Home Row

Another idea.


:set buftype=chat

Possibly a bit too esoteric?



Or any of the other autocommand-events.



A pretty familiar symbol to Vimmers. In this case it stands for chat room, not carriage return.


In response to @Carpetsmoker and @Rich...

set :chat

When checking out all Vim options

set :title titlestring=chat


Normal Mode

Not terribly clever, but simple and clear.

  • 2
    Wouldn't the main site be Normal Mode? I'd be tempted by 'Insert Visual Mode', though, just because its a funny name :-/
    – derobert
    Feb 3 '15 at 22:42
  • 3
    Maybe 'Chat mode', or 'Talk mode'... Feb 4 '15 at 11:56
  • 2
    Why not 'Insert mode'? It's for typing in, not editing.
    – David Lord
    Feb 5 '15 at 0:45

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