I would say that this board has the ability to influence me one way or the other, depending on the situation. When I posted for feedback on Linus while I was pregnant, I definitely got a good amount of posters who were not fans of it. But, there were quite a few pieces of good feedback. It helped me to feel better than although its completely uncommon and not everyone loves it, that its not universally hated. Good enough for me!
On the other hand, Roscoe got mostly negative feedback. But it is still on our list and we like it.
I think overall, BNB is a good soundingboard to find out how the real world might react to a name. But ultimately, yes, H and I will choose what we like regardless.
Oh, and I definitely agree that I like that other posters might point out something I didn't notice about a name. "Oh, Sally Jane is the name of an adult toy manufacturer" or something like that.