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What Do You Call a Group Of...

Level 17

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Recently, a rare moment of alignment occurred here at SolarWinds. All the Head Geeks came home to roost, brainstorm, debate, break bread together, and simply bask in the warm glow of friendship and camaraderie.

But the event, which only happens between two and three times a year due to our speaking and convention appearances, caused some confusion among the rest of the staff: They didn't know what to call it. Were we a gaggle of Geeks? A herd? A NERD herd?

Other collections have interesting names. There's a murder of crows, a conspiracy of ravens, an ostentation of peacocks, and exaltation of larks. There's a troop of baboons and a shrewdness of apes. A parade of elephants and a bloat of hippopotami.

Even among humans, we have some interesting group names: a blush of boys, a hastiness of cooks, or a superfluity of nuns.

So, I thought I would put it out to the ever creative THWACKizens:

What do YOU call a collection, gathering, grouping of Geeks? Are we:

  • A convention?
  • An argument or quibble?
  • An array or hash?
  • Or maybe a chaos or grok.

Share YOUR ideas in the comments below!

73 Comments
bobmarley
Level 15

Nerd Herd

Jfrazier
Level 18

one word....  TROUBLE !!

meant in a very good way though

Okay, Grok is more of a feeling or relating to something based on my recollection of Heinlein.

Then there is a sounder or a gaggle but I think you would need a couple more to have the needed numbers.

Subdued, quiet, bashful the group is not.

So TROUBLE it is

gfsutherland
Level 14

A GOG... Gathering of Greatness!!             of course!!!! 

tallyrich
Level 15

Gaggle of Geeks sounds about right - I'm sure anyone not a geek would hear the conversations as just a bunch of noise or a Gaggle.

tinmann0715
Level 16

An Exultation of Geeks!

(Yes, I'm sucking up)

ecklerwr1
Level 19

Array of Geeks!  A Network of Geeks!  Compilation of Geeks!

A Party of Geeks!

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AD&D reference for those that didn't catch that!  I could see them playing Dungeons and Dragons... lololol!

Jfrazier
Level 18

Could it be a hashed array of geeks ?

ecklerwr1
Level 19

I like that one Jfrazier

perhaps a Height balanced AVL tree of Geeks!  I love Computer Science!

Data Structures and Algorithms AVL Trees

Jfrazier
Level 18

Hmm...

I just know that we have an array of Head Geeks and they are Hashing something out....

joepoutre
Level 12

How about a Grind?

ecklerwr1
Level 19

That's a good one for sure!

df112
Level 13

How about "The Thwack Pack"

Jfrazier
Level 18

that could refer to a gathering of MVP's...most certainly a dangerous thing if we reach critical mass.

jm_sysadmin
Level 13

I think you should get your own SNMP OID and use that

jeremymayfield
Level 15

How about a Motley Crew..... 

rharland2012
Level 15

JBOG is an accurate descriptor, I think!

Jfrazier
Level 18

how about a FEWSION of head geeks...requires a minimum of 3 to exist.

kdeal
Level 10

The Geek Gang Rides Again!

Nerd Herd, makes me laugh though.  :-)

Jfrazier
Level 18

How about the Nerd Wranglers !

They get to ride herd over the Nerd Herd (us)...

dasher
Level 11

This would get us the real details we are looking for.

dasher
Level 11

Looks like a "Dark Matter" conversation... "There is not a lot known about Dark Matter, we just know it is there."

network_defender
Level 14

A Tribe.  Typically with a tribal leader, head geek.  We have our own language.  We have a common focus.  We have elders, main framers.  You are loyal to your tribe, but tribes usually interact well with other tribes.

Radioteacher
Level 14

A force of geeks!  Because together, there is nothing they can't do!

RT

P.S. Be a force!

sqlrockstar
Level 17

Snapshot

Radioteacher
Level 14

That photo has an odd curve to it...Like a fold in Space-Time.  That or maybe it was taken by the surveillance camera in the Interrogation room.

RT

Jfrazier
Level 18

wide angle lens distortion...

joepoutre
Level 12

Or perhaps a farce.

Radioteacher
Level 14

That explains it.  I was thinking that they formed a gravity well.

RT

Jfrazier
Level 18

refraction and gravity wells have something in common...they both bend light.

It is via a gravity lens(refraction/bending of light rays around a dense object) that they can determine that a black hole exists.

vinay.by
Level 16

innovators

CourtesyIT
Level 15

Like to be a fly on that wall.....

vinay.by
Level 16

Ideators

rschroeder
Level 21

Whatever word is chosen almost certainly must be I.T. related, and probably SHOULD be related to social awkwardness.

I like "array", but perhaps a more accurate group term might be an "uneasiness" of geeks.

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njoylif
Level 17

Q5

Quintet of quintessentially quaint and quarky quorum

array of thwacks

silverwolf
Level 10

Gaggle of Geeks.

GG's?

rharland2012
Level 15

@sqlrockstar looks like someone just slapped his dog.....lol.

To follow up on my original comment, JBOG (pronounced JAY-bog) stands for Just a Bunch of Geeks.

michael.kent
Level 13

I'm gonna have to poll the office on this one.

shuckyshark
Level 13

I like GOGs

michael.kent
Level 13

Ok, so office polled.

Gaggle was popular.

Bunch, seems to be in use already.

Array was dismissed as it should be applied to Developers.

Cluster was our over all winner.

Jfrazier
Level 18

so that would be a COG (Cluster Of Geeks)...or in this case an HCOG (Head Cluster Of Geeks).

vinay.by
Level 16

Thwackonators

dasher
Level 11

I say it is the existence of Dark Matter that is tweaking the light rays.

shuckyshark
Level 13

"I'll be back!"

tomiannelli
Level 13

or a COHG [Pronounced kōˈhôɡ] Cluster of Head Geeks.

You can see the conversation now:

LEON: "Hello, I would like to welcome you to Thwack Camp 2017, let me introduce the panel Co-hogs."

Audience: Jokes about bacon ensue.

......

joepoutre
Level 12

Or jokes about clams.

tomiannelli
Level 13

The Aurora Augustinian - When there is peak Solar Winds Geekiness, around the gathering of Head Geeks, the skies over Austin exhibit a phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of orange.

goodzhere
Level 14

Well there is already a Geek Squad, but no Head Geek squad.  Then you could be known as Heads of Geeks. 

The Geek Gang

Geek Heap

HGH - Head Geek Horde

Jfrazier
Level 18

Actually we need a Rube Goldberg construct sort of name...

colby
Level 16

multiple heads... a hydra? a cerberus?

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In my sordid career, I have been an actor, bug exterminator and wild-animal remover (nothing crazy like pumas or wildebeasts. Just skunks and raccoons.), electrician, carpenter, stage-combat instructor, American Sign Language interpreter, and Sunday school teacher. Oh, and I work with computers. Since 1989 (when you got a free copy of Windows 286 on twelve 5¼” floppies when you bought a copy of Excel 1.0) I have worked as a classroom instructor, courseware designer, desktop support tech, server support engineer, and software distribution expert. Then about 14 years ago I got involved with systems monitoring. I've worked with a wide range of tools: Tivoli, Nagios, Patrol, ZenOss, OpenView, SiteScope, and of course SolarWinds. I've designed solutions for companies that were extremely modest (~10 systems) to those that were mind-bogglingly large (250,000 systems in 5,000 locations). During that time, I've had to chance to learn about monitoring all types of systems – routers, switches, load-balancers, and SAN fabric as well as windows, linux, and unix servers running on physical and virtual platforms.