Why do you call them drones here? Drones have a bad name in the media!
We are not going to be able to change the English Language because we don't like a certain association!
Everyone has their opinions on these matters- if the New York Times and the public calls them drones, then that becomes the default name no matter what we do here on these forums, etc.
Personally, I think Aerial Robots is going to be one of future names.
Wikipedia says (UAV's, Quadcopters are ) "commonly called a drone"
I'm not a crusader. Our mission is drawing in beginners and providing them with information to have fun, fly safe and learn things.
The public uses all kinds of words and will probably continue to do so. My book uses 4+ names:
"hobby quadcopters, aerial robotics, Multirotors, quads and drones" as well as defines UAV's, etc.
Just as with the internet and computers, when people learn more they are likely to be more accurate in their descriptions.
Summary: We at Droneflyers say a Rose by any other name would still smell the same. The public is using search engines to look for the terms they see, hear and read...and "drone" is one of them.