[Baypiggies] BayPIGgies name [was: April agenda?]
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Apr 13 08:14:56 CEST 2006
Quoting Danny Yoo (dyoo at hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu):
> > I think not.
> Oh. *runs to rapidly revise resume*
> In seriousness: when I'm mentioning BayPIGgies in official documentation,
> I've gone out of my way to spell it out as:
> Bay Area Python Interest Group (BayPIGgies)
> because it seems nice to spell out acronyms, and because it isn't obvious
> at all that BayPIGgies is a programmer user group just from reading the
> acronym. (Plus I thought that it was good English writing style to spell
> out acronyms when they're first introduced.)
I'm glad at least _one_ reader understood my point as intended. For a
while, I was quite seriously wondering if shortage of sleep had
prevented me from being coherent. (You might have noticed more than
my usual quota of typos.) I mean no slight to anyone, in saying that,
and hope nobody will take it. I just rose from a few hours of sleep,
and was going to double-check to see if I'd flubbed that post!
I was, actually, more than a bit perplexed at the original conundrum,
which one might paraphrase as "Bad things might happen if I put
'BayPIGgies' on my resume' -- which immediately made me think, quoting
the ancient technical support joke, "Well, Don't Do That, Then."
My point thus was not to belabour a problem, but rather to point out its
It's not even "Having to make up a false name" or any other such rot:
The acronym "PIG" is, well, an _acronym_: It stands for a longer,
semantically equivalent phrase, nu?
I mean, I feel rather silly, even having to point that out. Again, it
seems like the point is _so blindingly obvious_ that I can only hope
and guess that the matter under discussion is a coded disguise for some
other conflict that I'm entirely unaware of, since otherwise the issue
seems inordinately silly even for a user group dispute.
If it's merely Silly Season and I missed the memo, my apologies.
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