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european hitchhiking thing

At the 789 meeting there was the idea to found a sort of European Hitchhiking Association / umbrella thing, to connect the different hitchhiking clubs and to spread the word about meetings, races, events, etc. around hitchhiking and it's equivalents.

Here is some brainstorming about names for the thing, everybody is more than welcome to add his ideas, comments, suggestions, and so on...

Before submitting an idea, check if the domain is available! On linux, open a console and use "whois". Example: whois hitchmybitch.eu On other OS, use a website that does it for you. http://www.whois.net/ for example.

I put up those that got some comments. --Sitarane


For the moment european statut association doesn't exist cause there is too much different rights and laws in all countries. They work on it for 20 years but nothing have been approve...However, it's possible to create a federation in one country and put all association like hh clubs in. But it will working with the law of this country, not two, not three and it's registered in one place. Federation system is the same system of association, it cost 30€ in France.--MiSha 07:41, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Name suggestion for the federation's website

  • www.carjacking.org
    • or internationnal car jacking something --MiSha 09:00, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • www.the-oppurtunists.org
    • it's alreday a hip hop band...
    • I think if we have a different thematic which is linked to hithhicking by a special side, we can have a lot of intention, more creativity bring attraction. --MiSha 09:31, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
  • hhfed.org
    • Then we can have eu.hhfed.org for Europe and leave the space for other to step it. (af.hhfed.org, as.hhfed.org, am.hhfed wuhu!). The fact that the main domain does not contain any locale (it would for euhhfed.org) doesn't restrict it to a place. It can be extended later. It would be sad to limit the initiative from the start. Though I understand that we should start with just Europe, it would be nice to leave the door open.
    • Almost the same, but I slightly prefer hitchfed.org to hhfed.org Somewhatofftheway 18:12, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
    • This I like, and it not only opens the door for other continent-wide federations but also would allow us to offer hosting in cases where people wanted to start a local club but did not have resources/skills to put up their own website. This might be useful to some people. Somewhatofftheway 18:06, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I think that the name is really important to get people interested and that one mean absolutly nothing --MiSha 08:55, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
  • The Federation of European Hitchhikers.
    • I gave my reasons in the email, but I think it would be a big mistake to give it a name which obscures its purpose for not-very-intelligent members of the media or bureaucrats. Domain name would be eurohitch.org Somewhatofftheway 17:02, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
    • I don't like the fact that the localisation (Europe) is in the root domain. Plus I don't like the fact that it's in english. Half Europe has Russian as at least a second language. That's why I favour something in a neutral language like esperanto. An acceptable solution would be to have two urls for the website. This one for the english speakers, and another one for the russian speaker (solution that I still find inferior to an esperanto name). Or to have 3 urls, the main one being the esperanto one. Other than that, I love it


    • I hate to make this argument as a native speaker (normally the German guys do it) but the closest thing you get these days to being language neutral is English. True, Esperanto is in theory neutral, but compared to English it is not much spoken. I can perhaps agree philosophically, but practically I don't see what advantage a non-English name gives. Somewhatofftheway 18:12, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
"eurohitch.org" is taken... By us already
    • Not really democratic, but the name he's quiet cool, I'm for it --MiSha 07:42, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
    • I wasn't trying to preempt the discussion, I just have had too many times where when the discussion was finished it was taken. Plus, I get them cheap and I can actually return it for a refund within a certain period of time I think, so that's why! Somewhatofftheway 18:12, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
  • pick-up
    • I like that --MrTweek 18:59, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
    • Love it! --Platschi 15:47, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
    • They are taken because of the sexual meaning... non starter for me just because of that Somewhatofftheway 17:00, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
    • True, sexual meaning. Bad --Sitarane
"pick-up.eu" and "pickup.eu" are taken
  • trampi (esperanto for hitchhiker)
    • I like that. Close to "tramper" (hher) and "trampen"(to hh) in german and to "tramp" in english (which might be a bad association). --Sitarane
    • no way ;) --MiSha 07:48, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
"trampi.eu" is free
  • survoje (esperanto for on the way)
    • Sounds somewhat strange but interesting. I like having something in Esperanto --MrTweek 18:59, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
    • could be associated with survive :) --Platschi 15:49, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
"survoje.eu" is free
  • blaffen (danish for hitchhiking)
    • sounds funny --Platschi 15:47, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
    • why dannish ? think to communication if we choose a name like that, nobody will care about or remember...--MiSha 07:48, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
    • thats so cool, i like this. why don't call the 2010 789 thing blaffen fest --Quarim 07:37, 8 September 2009 (UTC)
    • In french "baffe" is "a strong slap accross your face" --Sitarane
  • petveturado (esperanto for hitchhiking)
    • sounds like some veterinary thing --Platschi 15:47, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
    • idem --Sitarane
  • polesku ( esperanto for thumb)
  • jump in
  • petvet
  • peti
  • unterwegs (german for sth. like along the way)
  • dumvoje (esperanto for unterwegs)
  • thumb up
  • Kuda ( russian for where)
  • i prefer any translation for 'Autostop', for that is what we are doing. Better to have 5000 translations(and domains) than one not many have understood, yes? But it doesnt matter what i say, i cannot participate in next years event. So "Do As Thou Will, Shall Be The Whole Ov The Law" vi ses, r3353
  • MORE IDEAS? Feel free to comment on the ideas


As an answer to what some might say: 'no one takes hitchhikers any more' or 'no more hitchhikers', it might be a good idea, proposes Mirto, to collect the addresses of your drivers and to send them a (common?) postcard after the event. Like many people who hitched to 789 send a card to at least one driver with link to result page - so drivers can also feel how important it is and that they participated in this and that THEY actually made it happen.

> You might then develop simple forms with a 789 symbol, address of organisation, slogan or something like this, that all the drivers can fill out. That's certainly more trustworthy than a shabby piece of paper to write out those private data. It's a nice idea which may encourage especially those drivers to pick up hitchhikers more often, if they have the possibility. Encourage the hitchhikers to collec the addresses and let the hitchhikers pay for the postage and print costs at 789. --Fverhart 11:34, 15 August 2008 (CEST)

Photogallery with portraits of many many drivers ??

i agree with both the above options. But its easy for us cute, friendly-looking Hitch hikers to convince a random stranger to give up personal information. There may be some 'un-savory' looking-types who are getting a "pity" ride, and to dig into the drivers personal life may be contrived as an affront to an already open person. So having a form we all can print and give away freely to drivers(with logo and organizations address[where ever that may be] might soothe over any body odor we have. And continue this fine tradition ov exchange. r3353

Or, we make a list of all of drivers names so to make huge, global list with all of them - so we would just SEE/Show to the world how many helpful people are around here.


Idea for a 789 slogan? There

i thought '789-the road is mine' was near acceptable, but too ego-centric. So therefore i vote "789, begins the line" As we are all coming from somewhere to a specific destination for a specific reason. r3353


Robino wants to put some effort together to set up a hitchhikers magazine, to be distributed at this event. There is already some work done for a Hitchhiking Zine, so we could take that idea some steps up.

I'm interested in helping setting up this zine :) platschisite, wikitalk 09:14, 14 August 2008 (CEST)

The magazine idea is very much in progress. Most articles have been written. You can find more info here on the Random Roads-section. We want to put quite some 888/ 789 info in it as well. The launch, 'zero' issue is due for January 2009. Join in! --Robino 23:20, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

still in progress :) planning to have it released before 789. Need some editors to correct articles. Get in touch with Robino 17:58, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Movie Project

  • The documentary project of the 888 project have been presented to some people at the cannes festival SEE THE TEASER THERE
  • La Sophiste is editing two little reports about 789
  • It can be very cool to explain hitchhiking by an other view, like don't make a documentary but a fiction or a compromit between those two things MiSha 09:17, 25 August 2008 (CEST)