There’s always a danger to asking anything from people on the internet. If you ever create a poll or anything else that involves voting and make this all public prepare for the consequences. The NHL was not prepared for the Jon Scott thing, the Natural Environment Research Council also probably not prepared but at leas their running with it.
Thing is NERC has an arctic research ship worth $300 million, they need a name so they opened it up to online submissions. The leading name? Boaty McBoatface. They of course have an out in all this, a clause in the contest they are running stating the final selection is made by a committee so there is no real danger.
But this all highlights a problem with asking the internet for anything. They’ll immediately try to make fun of the situation. It really comes down to how it’s handled. Which is why I won’t be surprised if they keep the name, it’s a research group who could always use the attention. What better way to get that attention every time you discover something than by reporting that it came from Boaty McBoatface.