[Baypiggies] BayPIGgies name [was: April agenda?]

Paul McNett p at ulmcnett.com
Sat Apr 8 04:53:46 CEST 2006

Stephen McInerney wrote:
>> From: Ben Bangert <ben at groovie.org>
>> Someone else mentioned the groups name being somewhat unprofessional.
>> I'd like to mention that I specifically avoid mentioning the name
>> whenever I talk about the group, cause going to "bay piggies" has
>> about zero appeal for anyone I know, even hardcore programmers. Is
>> that really the best name to be using? How did a piggie get
>> associated with the cool image of a Python? ;)
> "PIG" = "Python Interest Group"
> This old chestnut never goes away, many have strong opinions on this.
> You might propose changing the group name to something like either:
> - "BayPython" (professional-sounding and very intuitive)
> - "BayPyUG" (consistent with other US-based group naming as per 
> http://wiki.python.org/moin/LocalUserGroups).
> - "SFBayPython" (disambiguates from Seattle, Virginia, Mass etc.)

What about "Silicon Valley Python Interest Group", shortened to "Silicon
Valley Py" or "SVPy". I think "San Francisco" doesn't describe the
region generally enough, "San Francisco Bay Area" is too long, "Bay" or
"Bay Area" isn't specific enough, but "Silicon Valley" is just about
right. Then there's "Silicon Python of Love" but that brings up other
images <g>.

> How shall we resolve this one, do we take an email-based vote or something?
> I could even include a vote on the name in the forthcoming member survey 
> I've been preparing.
> (obviously just a non-binding opinion poll, before all of you jump on me)
> Suggestions?

Brainstorm on name suggestions, either at an upcoming meeting or on the
list, or both, and have a few iterations of each person distributing
their 20 points among the names they like the best. The top x in each
iteration get to move on to the next iteration. 10 minutes for the
brainstorm, a white board or virtual equivalent to scribble the names,
and during the meeting time people quietly walk up and allocate their 20
points, and 5 minutes before meeting end some volunteer adds up the
points and determines the final four, erasing all other contenders. Then
5 minutes for a show-of-hands vote for the winner. Or something like
that. Complexity could be added by making it a secret ballot.

BayPIGgies isn't a bad name, though, it is kind of fun.

Paul McNett

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