[Baypiggies] Voting for a new name
Deirdre Saoirse Moen
deirdre at deirdre.net
Wed Apr 12 19:42:13 CEST 2006
On Apr 12, 2006, at 10:21 AM, Kael Fischer wrote:
> 'Piggie' seems much closer to 'piggy'(n) which is most often used to
> refer to toes, frequently the cute toes of a child. When referring to
> swine, 'piggy' is the small new-born type and not associated with
> typical 'pig' insults. For instance, I grew up in the 60s and 70s in
> Berkeley, but I have never heard anyone called a 'male chauvinist
Honestly, BayPIGgies has a silly name because Python was named for
something silly. Also, I'd previously been involved in FIGs (Forth
Interest Groups) and the name was modeled upon that.
I can't recall anyone ever saying anything as lame as talking about
how FIG is a silly name and, you know, fig leaves go over genitals in
classic paintings, therefore it's unprofessional. No, they actually
had lives and spent their time, you know, writing code.
If you're worried about membership in a professional organization,
let me be the first to say that BayPIGgies was never intended as a
professional organization: there weren't dues, there weren't $1000+
conferences, there were just people who happened to be interested in
Python. It was not organized as a group of people interested in a
name change for a group about Python.
If the name change is a passionate issue for any of you, I suggest
that you may wish to examine what your life is about. At length.
(My view on this issue would be the same whether I'd started the
group or not, fwiw.)
> I see that, for you, this name issue is central to other issues you
> have with the group. But to say that the name "certainly must"
> contribute to those problems is quite speculative.
Name really has nothing to do with any issues that may exist. The
issues that have been aired recently occur in every group
(eventually), no matter how cool (or uncool) the name.
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