Hey Nick, I actually like this idea! I’m not a dev. or on the engineering team, however, as an enthusiast, investor, and someone who learns through this platform I have had a few issues with the name.
I think you nailed the actual reason… It’s (to put it short) a mouth full. Also, changing it could have marketing implications (for better or worse).
Here’s my story to use as a real-life example/ scenario where this (may) play out, I’m an average user in the USA. I stumbled into crypto during the best and the worst of times (the bubble) when trying to learn how to self-teach myself coding, basic fundamentals of computer engineering, application design, and game development. Then one day I saw an ad on coinbase for this coin. My first initial reaction “scam”, right away I based the “book by the cover”, because well ICP could also mean Insane Clown Posse, and I instantly laughed. What real crypto project could want to ride the wave of a once popular 90’s murder rap artist (not that the music was bad, I was a fan, music is music) THEN I’m like ohhhkay let’s see what they’re trying to make a coin out of… Boy was I wrong about this “book”, and became obsessed. It actually is exactly what I was looking for/ fulfilling the desires I had in my investment venture and hobby interests (my entire life). So, I thought alright maybe they could lean with it and use it as a marketing strategy that I tried to suggest when I had a Twitter account for one month. Which seemed to actually happen/ help with NFT ideas. I was glad we were leaning into it.
Then, like many who did not truly understand what I really got myself into got burnt in the market bubble, and stayed out, studied the markets, and confirmed the validity and future of this project because I did lose a bit of cash that hurt my butthole deeply, and after I weaved past ICP I fully committed to ONLY this blockchain, because it aligns most closely with my objectives and values ( and now that the $ bottomed thankfully).
However, ANYTIME i try to talk, recommend, rant about, or hype up this project I run into the issue of the name. I now only try to refer to it as the IC NOT ICP. Although, it still is a really confusing un-intended communication issue that could be improved is as all.
Overall, I like the idea of shifting to using IC, and I’m glad I am not the only one who has thought about this. It’s not like I’m trying to knock on the foundations I just am always thinking of ways to improve the marketing schemes and economics of the coin’s long-term value through subtle community efforts that don’t require copious amounts of funds from VC’s that may pull at any time. So, they can keep dumping our money into engineering and tech. To me, that is what made me commit to this blockchain. Because despite the communities persistent screams for marketing efforts (like myself) I’m now grateful they reserved the funds for the tech. We just saw projects like crypto.com dump into marketing and poof. So…
I know this was a HUGE over-share. I’m just excited to conversate about this issue internally, with hopes to manifest more marketing ploys through community empowerment, not venture clubs