Thinking about it more, I think Dot Combat would be a great name for a supertrope or index about digital/cyberspace combat/conflict, from flame wars to Snow Crash to the current trope. If the title can get re-purposed this way, then I have no objections to people renaming the trope whatever they want.
But "Dot Com" itself is not an overarching term that establishes cyberspace and computer network activities in a nutshell. If it did, then Dot Combat would already accurately summarize what it's already supposed to be describing. However, it doesn't so I don't see how it could work as a name for a super trope.
Not to mention that this trope in its current form is covering several different varieties of computer-to-computer combat situations among its examples, ranging from two hackers furiously typing away at keyboards (GoldenEye), straight up Hollywood Hacking (Hackers), and fights between virtual 3D avatars in a computer system (Johnny Mnemonic).
Most people prefer Dueling Hackers. I'd say go ahead. I notice there are only 14 wicks to change over.
(On a side note — this trope seems to be less common: hackers are more often seen raiding a... static target for want of a better term.)
I figured it was military uprising through the internet... at least I got the pun...
Dueling Hackers seems like a good name, if it needs a page image we can use that scene from Leverage where Wesley Crusher hacker showdowns with Hardison. (That's where my mind went after reading the trope description.)
How about Cyber Duel?
Hacker is a word whose meaning is in flux: there's the original — computer expert who likes to play around; the mainstream — person who breaks into computer systems; and the emerging — independent programmer who works on public or indie projects (like Firefox or Linux or phone apps).
If we go strictly with the mainstream def'n, then the only suggestion that really works is Magruda's Hack Counterhack. All the variants on Dueling Hackers have to hearken back to the original def'n a bit. (Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, speaking as a member of the first and third classes.)
Agreeing with Hack Counterhack as a potential rename... I don't even know why I did this, there's not much that I can since my last post in this thread except the "yay, I remembered to vote!" notice...
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Alternative Titles: Dot Combat
22nd Aug '11 11:41:44 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.