Is it "MacRumors" or "Mac Rumors" ?

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  1. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

    Neutral Gamer

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    I know this is probably the most pedantic post ever ... but this issue has been nagging away at me ever since I thought about it.

    On the one hand you've got the main logos which have "MacRumors.com" and "MacRumors:Forums" written in them and of course you have the "MacRumors" forum user (well a bot).

    But then, and this is what's confusing me, for the actual HTML page title you have:
    "Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About".

    Argh! Which one is the official one to use? Then I'll be able to sleep at nights again! ;)
     
  2. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    My guess is that when referring to the the web site it's "MacRumors" (it's consistently written this way on the about page), but the rumors themselves are "Mac rumors".
     
  3. Neutral Gamer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Neutral Gamer

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    That's what I thought at first, that maybe "Mac Rumors" isn't the title of the site but instead more along the lines of "Mac rumors" as you said. And looking at the About page there were several references to "MacRumors" and I thought you'd solved the problem for me.

    BUT then I saw some contradictions on the About page. For example the title of the About page is "About Mac Rumors" and this is the link they provide if you want to link to the site: "<a href="http://www.macrumors.com">Mac Rumors</a>". Hell, just look at the "Mac Rumors" tab at the top of every page. No wonder I'm so confused.

    It almost feels like they thought of using "Mac Rumors" at first and then decided to change everything over but accidentally left a few inconsistencies. Jesus Christ, I seriously can't believe I'm actually having this conversation, it's so sad, I need to get back to work! I need a mod or staff member to officially put me out of my misery on this one! :D

    P.S. Check out the following contradiction:
     

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  4. Antares macrumors 68000

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    This may sound weird, especially since this is such a trivial thing.....but I have been wondering the same thing. There does seem to be a bit of inconsistency going on between MacRumors and Mac Rumors....which is not to be confused with Mac rumors.
     
  5. arn macrumors god

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    here's the official word.

    The name of the site is "MacRumors", no space. Also can use "MacRumors.com".

    In certain areas, you may see the word split into "Mac Rumors" (two words, one space). These are typically done in areas for search engine optimization purposes. In that someone might search for "Mac Rumors" or "iPod Rumors", and not "MacRumors" perse.

    In the end, it probably doesn't matter as much anymore these days, as Google has started breaking up search terms, so it recognizes that "MacRumors" is really "Mac Rumors" and vice versa. It used not to be like that.

    arn
     
  6. Neutral Gamer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cheers Arn mate for the official word on this; I'll be able to sleep soundly tonight!

    Now I need to go and edit some of my threads / posts to take into account this new found information ... :D
     
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    But in Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About, there's already a Mac and a Rumors by themselves, why do you need two Mac's and two Rumors'? Even your explanation doesn't really make sense...
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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  9. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    Considering your username, I would have thought you would be the only one NOT confused ;)
     
  10. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I think you missed the point.

    Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About

    There's already "Mac" and "Rumors" on their own as underlined above. Thus separating Mac-Rumors is not necessary, since there's a individual Mac and a individual Rumors in the string already. You'd actually get more hits with searches if you group Mac and Rumors into MacRumors, since that'll increase the terms that it would match, from the current 8 ("Apple," "Mac," "Rumors," "and," "News," "You," "Care," and "About"), to 9 ("MacRumors," "Apple," "Mac," "Rumors," "and," "News," "You," "Care," and "About").
     
  11. Neutral Gamer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Let's End This

    Firstly, can I just say that the point of this thread was to get OFFICIAL word on which version of the title we should use. Now, I don't know about you, but you can't get any more official than Arn coming along into your thread and answering that question. If Arn says it's "MacRumors" then it's "MacRumors" - that's settled it for me and this thread should be closed.

    However, I can understand why you're still confused on the matter, but the fact is that if you look at what Arn's explanation was then it makes perfect sense already. The "Mac Rumors:" part is the title of the page where it was split up to be optimised for search engines. The "Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About" should actually be thought of as "Apple Mac rumors and news you care about". The words are capitalised because it's part of the title.

    But the fact of the matter is that the "Mac Rumors:" is just a throwback to before Google could recognise multiple words and so AT THE TIME ALL "MacRumors" references were made to be "Mac Rumors" without a second thought. In the present day though things are different and Arn could change it if he wishes but it probably never crossed his mind as I'm sure there's far more important things for him to worry about! He may change it and all the other references one day when he gets the chance but the important thing is that WE all use "MacRumors" as that's the official line.

    Now, can't we all just go back to arguing whether Glossy or Matte screens are the best or why there's no "Cut" option in the Finder yet and when the 13" MBP is gonna arrive? :D
     
  12. arn macrumors god

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    When it was instituted, the "Mac Rumors:" prefix was on every page (not just the front page) probably due to the software we were using. For various reasons, over the years the prefix was changed to a suffix for the rest of the pages (and the software was changed), but that's why it seems redundant on the main page, but is not so on the individual article pages.

    Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About
    Mac Rumors: Apple Seeds First Mac OS X 10.5.3 (9d10) Version
    Mac Rumors: Apple Updates Apple TV to 2.0.1
    Mac Rumors: Apple Digital Fitness Companion System?

    (for rather arbitrary reasons, the prefix was moved to a suffix a while back, so the actual titles of the individual articles pages now end with "Mac Rumors" rather than start with it)

    arn
     
  13. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Well, there it is. 4 years of wondering "ah dear, the inconsistency!" has come to an end.

    Yes, yes, let's get on that.

    Matte owns glossy anytime of the week and twice on Sundays, you gloss-loving...! [trails off into another thread]

    ;)
     
  14. displaced macrumors 65816

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  15. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    You're confused??

    It should be either MacRumours or Mac Rumours as far as I am concerned. :rolleyes:
     
  16. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a

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    LOL!! Good one and I like that from wikipedia =) I can't believe I never heard that word before but thanks! I'll pass along...
     
  17. displaced macrumors 65816

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    Pro noblem :)
     

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