Re: On new names for "Deity"
email@example.com wrote on 27.02.98 in <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> "Deity" was a code-name, and was never intended to be used for the final
> product. As I've mentioned previously, it has religeous connotations.
I thought that when I first heard the name, but ...
> This is serious for some people. In New York, not the traditional hotbed
> of religeon, I worked with a systems operator who would not chmod files
> to 666 because it was the number of the beast, and a systems programmer
> who would not let users have "godzilla" as a user name because it contained
> the substring "god". Religeon makes some people crazy. Let's avoid use of
> religeous names.
... if those are the only examples you can come up with, then I must say
that I'm sorry, but I find it completely impossible to take people like
that serious. "Crazy", as in the medical term, would seem a good
If we want to care for all the funny ideas of _really_ crazy people, we
might as well give up in the first place.
> I think we should go with "Trove" for the package management portion of
> our administration tool suite, and go on to other issues now. It's a unique
I do think that "trove" has a very serious problem in common with "deity".
Both are far too obscure for non-native speakers - most of them won't know
either word. (Actually, I've used "deity" before, if only seldom - I've
never used "trove".)
Because of that, I actually think that both "deity" and "trove" are bad
If you are going to choose a name that's just a random selection of
letters to most people (remember: most people are not native speakers of
English), at least use letters that mean something by themselves.
Or otherwise use pwgen -8.
> So far, I haven't heard much suggestion that this is a horrible hateful
Well, you have now,
> I think we spend way too much time on the names of things. I don't
Names are important. If you didn't think that, you wouldn't want to change
> think we need to continue to throw ideas into the hat and go on to an
> election about them :-) .
You just about convinced me that that's what we do need to do.
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