Fair enough. There are knowable dictionary pronunciations of automata, as those links and youngliar’s show. And you’re right that it is a word that already exists in the English language.
But my phonetic spellings are not meant to be as spot-on as a dictionary’s. Some try to be legit, while others are bullshit. Because it’s a (baaaaaaad) jokey joke poll in a gaming forum teasing the debate itself.
Personally, I’m enjoying the hell out of the amazing responses, especially kcin’s, roguesquirrel’s, and gio’s. Those were great.
And, you know, if anyone hates the poll, there’s an option to express that!