Your username may already exist
If you ever posted anything to any of the business forums, your username exists. Check if it is listed at memberlist.php and write support@cgaa.info to get its temporary password. Please change your password and update your email address and other profile information.

possible fellowship name change

General Service Conference meetings, agendas, and notes.
Forum rules
* The business of the General Service Conference is discussed. We make decisions by group conscience, guided by higher power. Those elected as a trustee or delegate can vote on all GSC matters. CGAAIS staff can vote on issues related to their area.
* Back and forth discussion of different perspectives is appropriate. We strive to be respectful of all.
* Anonymity reminds us to place principles before personalities.
Post Reply
Scott
Posts: 102
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:53 pm

possible fellowship name change

Post by Scott »

I used to feel divided about whether CGAA or VGAA was better, but in the years since we chose, it has become very clear to me that VGAA is a much better fit. The reasons for using the term “video gaming” instead of “computer gaming” include:

1. In English, the term video gaming is used far more frequently than computer gaming and is more recognizable and understandable. (See the chart below.)
2. For a substantial number of gamers, “computer gaming” is considered a subset of video gaming that is played only on PCs, and therefore Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous appears to cater to only a certain subset of all video gamers.
3. “Video game” is much more frequently used on search engines than “computer game.” Thus having “Video Gaming” in our name would result in better search rankings and more suffering addicts finding our fellowship.

Originally, VGAA was the first name considered. A main reason for choosing CGAA over VGAA was that one person wanted our name to be higher in the alphabet than OLGAnon. Not a very good reason. The domain cgaa.info was available for only $10 so we got it, figuring the group conscience could pick the final name later.

When the group conscience finally decided the issue, we had been calling ourselves CGAA for almost three months, had a website covered with that name, and had a CGAA logo that people liked. The main reasons had more to do with inertia than with selecting the best name. While VGAA seemed more fitting, we had so much work to do that year that we didn’t want to create more.

Through six years of additional experience, it has become steadily clearer that the choice has had negative effects. Between lower web rankings, missed web searches, and confusion about whether we’re for computer gamers only, rather than all video gamers, it’s probable that people who needed us didn’t come to us.

Why are we considering this change now? Over this year, we are revising the website, publishing and printing new literature, and incorporating our International Services as a non-profit. After this year, a name change would be a major undertaking. Right now it would be fairly easy.

We’re already revising the website and forum, so a name change would not add much work. We’d maintain two domain names (cgaa.info and vgaa.info) and redirect traffic from CGAA to VGAA, at an additional cost of about $18 per year. All of the internet’s links to the current domain would open up the same pages on the new domain. Online searches for “CGAA” will show results for one or both of our domains. Google has a registry for name changes that helps redirect traffic.

The old reasons for choosing CGAA, like alphabetical order and the round red logo, are not important compared to having an easily understood name that doesn’t require explanations, being more easily found online, and not making any compulsive video gamers wonder if we’re for computer gamers only.
Scott
Posts: 102
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:53 pm

Re: possible fellowship name change

Post by Scott »

Survey for Possible name change from CGAA to VGAA
We are interested in feedback from members about possibly changing the name of the fellowship, which has an impact whether or not newcomers find us and believe our fellowship is suitable for them. The three-part structure of gaming behavior + "addicts" + "anonymous" would remain the same, but for the English language we're considering changing the term "computer gaming" to the more prevalent term "video gaming."

The reasons for possibly changing from “Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous” to “Video Gaming Addicts Anonymous” include:

1. In English, the term "video gaming" is used far more frequently than "computer gaming" and is more recognizable and understandable. According to Google, "video gaming" is 100 times more prevalent than "computer gaming." The term "computer gaming" appears half as often as the specific term "mobile gaming."
2. For a substantial number of gamers, “computer gaming” is considered a subset of video gaming that is played only on PCs, and therefore Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous appears to cater to only a certain subset of all video gamers.
3. “Video game” is much more frequently used in searches on search engines than “computer game,” thus having “Video Gaming” in our name would likely result in better search rankings and more suffering addicts finding our fellowship.

The efforts/costs of changing the name include:

1. Revising webpages on the website and forum and in our pamphlets and literature drafts.
2. Maintaining two domain names (cgaa.info and vgaa.info) and redirecting traffic from CGAA to VGAA.

The risk of someone not being able to find the new website is reduced by:

1. Maintaining the current domain name (cgaa.info) and redirecting to a new one (like vgaa.info), so that every link to a cgaa.info webpage opens the corresponding page on the new domain.
2. Notifying Google and other major search engines of a domain name change to ensure that the website's search ranking is not lost.
3. Following expert guidance freely available online for a domain change.

https://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/E2oAzp9j
Scott
Posts: 102
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:53 pm

Re: possible fellowship name change

Post by Scott »

While there was clear support for “video gaming” over “computer gaming”, people also cited many reasons against using “Video Gaming”. Most people support for using the most general term possible. This input has guided the GSC to propose changing the English term "computer gaming" to "gaming" in our name.

Survey results:

• The survey input showed strong support for a change, rather than dropping this issue.
• The survey showed very strong support for making the name as inclusive as possible in the long term.
• Several people advocated for GAA, even though that name wasn't mentioned in the survey, as the clearest option for an inclusive name.

See attached PDF file with detailed counts, input, and pie chart.
Attachments
Name Change Results.pdf
(61.83 KiB) Downloaded 24 times
Scott
Posts: 102
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:53 pm

Re: possible fellowship name change

Post by Scott »

Google search results show that "gaming" and "video gaming" dwarf use of other terms we're considering, like "digital gaming" and "electronic gaming".

It's one important factor in choosing the best term for our name in English.
google terms.jpg
google terms.jpg (81.71 KiB) Viewed 149 times
Scott
Posts: 102
Joined: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:53 pm

Re: possible fellowship name change

Post by Scott »

Regarding the best term for gaming in the fellowship's name in English, I've had mixed feelings. All five terms (gaming, video gaming, computer gaming, digital gaming, electronic gaming) are workable possibilities, but none of them is perfect. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Being someone who likes to weigh pros and cons on paper, and a spreadsheet geek, I made a spreadsheet to rank each term according to its likely longterm relevance, its simplicity and sound, how well it fits all electronic gaming, how commonly it is used, and how specific it is to electronic gaming.

The spreadsheet is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... w1R9o/edit

It really helped me gain some clarity, so I wanted to give it to everyone who's interested. You can make a copy from the File menu. If you rate each category for how important it feels to you, and then rate each term in that category, it automatically comes up with scores between 0 and 100 for the five terms.

The white boxes have numbers based on our research and probably should be left as they are (but you can change them.) The yellow boxes have numbers that are more of a matter of opinion.
Post Reply