Talk:Boaty McBoatface

Latest comment: 2 years ago by AngryHarpy in topic Names of the other two robotic sub vessels?

Redirect location


@Toddst1: I changed the redirect location (like RRS Boaty McBoatface), since this talks about the ship type specifically, rather than the owner/operator. Elisfkc (talk) 17:04, 22 March 2016 (UTC)Reply

I thought about doing that but it's a double redirect to Royal Research Ship. Directing it to Royal Research Ship may be better. WDYT? Toddst1 (talk) 19:35, 22 March 2016 (UTC)Reply
@Toddst1: That's what I did do, I guess I wasn't clear. I had also given RRS Boaty McBoatface the same exact redirect. Elisfkc (talk) 22:48, 22 March 2016 (UTC)Reply

Boat or ship?


I've added that Boaty McBoatface is the lead boat of its class, which consists of three similar vessels. Is "boat" the correct term to use for a submarine? Mgs2804 (talk) 19:34, 13 March 2017 (UTC)Reply

It is properly classed as an autonomous underwater vehicle, a robot that travels underwater without requiring input from an operator. Baldwin Clere (talk) 08:35, 14 March 2017 (UTC)Reply

Autonomous underwater vehicle


Boaty McBoarface is not a remotely controlled submersible. It is classed as a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle which the makers are calling an Autosub Long Range[1], because it is programmed to act independently of its mothership over long periods of time, without requiring any external input after deployment. There is an audio explanation here. Baldwin Clere (talk) 11:37, 14 March 2017 (UTC)Reply


  1. ^ "NOC's Autosub Long Range is Boaty McBoatface". National Oceanography Centre. NOC. Retrieved 14 March 2017.

Parky McParkface


Parky McParkface was suggested as a name for a new city park in Sunnyvale, California.[1] As the name was rejected I don't think it's worthwhile to add to this article's Similar incidents section. It looks like this is not the only Parky McParkface attempts.[2] --Marc Kupper|talk 22:02, 20 July 2018 (UTC)Reply



Duntz Development has developed new facial recognition algorithms, packaged as "Facey McFaceFace" 2600:1700:5FA1:61B0:1585:F1A6:DBA3:CF94 (talk) 02:57, 4 July 2020 (UTC)(ban me now)Reply

Similar names section


Does anyone object to me tidying up the section? I think it has become excessively long and cumbersome with examples and it doesn’t seem to contain encyclopedic-quality information. I plan to reduce the examples to only the most relevant ones and write a summary of how the name spurred several similarly named things. 2601:587:200:4690:F47F:E83A:16CB:B7A2 (talk) 13:24, 11 November 2020 (UTC)Reply

It's certainly not the worst example farm I've ver seen, at least everything is sourced, but I would tend to agree that it could be trimmed down. There's even a few things that didn't end up getting named "<thing>y Mc<thing>face, those could probably go. Beeblebrox (talk) 07:54, 12 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
Agree it's getting towards WP:TRIVIA, and even though it's not the worst, that doesn't make it right. Joseph2302 (talk) 16:11, 24 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
I've added a cleanup section tag, and anything that wasn't named that way should be removed. And highly questionable whether the Formula E car was actually named Electro McElectroFace. Joseph2302 (talk) 11:21, 25 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
Would it be more appropriate to separate that into an article dedicated to "McBoatfacing"? (talk) 01:55, 9 March 2021 (UTC)Reply

100% agree. That section was nothing but semi-related WP:TRIVIA The section adds nothing to this article and per the prevailing sentiment here, I'm removing it and creating a separate article, List of Mcface spoofs. Note that Watergate scandal doesn't include Deflategate and the rest. They're in List of "-gate" scandals and controversies. Toddst1 (talk) 02:38, 25 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

Names of the other two robotic sub vessels?


This BBC report 'Sir David Attenborough polar ship makes her London debut' suggests 'some' rather than one of the three robotic subs are called Boaty McBoatface, but that can't be right, surely? Surely they need to have unique names to avoid confusion? What are the names of the other two? (talk) 08:55, 28 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

This page makes it clear that indeed, only one of the subs has this name. I can only assume that in the case of the BBC article, the person who wrote the image captions (often not the same as the article's author) managed to somehow confuse themselves. Funnily enough, I've been unable to figure out what the companion subs are actually called, so more than likely it's something not very spectacular... AngryHarpytalk 09:05, 28 October 2021 (UTC)Reply