How was the name "Ethereum" chosen?

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It is similar to this locked question: Who is the person behind Ethereum?

  • you don't explain what is your problem with the question. I do not see any. It is concise, of general interest and leads to a non opinionated objective answer. I will ask why testnet is called Morden now :-P Jun 1, 2016 at 6:59
  • @RolandKofler I made a small edit; I agree with your points but seems this stackoverflow is generally for technical questions. Separately, I just noticed that I've answered some questions after you, and that's why we're having some discussions :) I'm not trying to engage in any debate, or post after you, in case it seemed that way.
    – eth Mod
    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:13
  • I'm not stalking you either ;-) seems that we decided this are the hours to answer some questions. Didn't know this is StackExchange is for technical questions only. I hope it is open also to economic theory and a bit of history can't harm Jun 1, 2016 at 8:30
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    I think it's up for discussion and that's why we have this meta. imho your suggestions are fine
    – eth Mod
    Jun 1, 2016 at 8:49
  • I think it should be locked, except that i got the answer mouahahahahaha
    – euri10
    Jun 1, 2016 at 15:05

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I don't see how this question is off-topic on this site and I disagree that stack exchange network is only for technical questions. I'd say leave it open as it is clearly on topic and constructive. (And interesting, didn't know the World of Warcraft link!)

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