[Catalog-sig] Re: [Pycabal] FW: [Distutils] Python Siphon name change please?

Guido van Rossum guido@digicool.com
Thu, 22 Feb 2001 08:11:41 -0500

> Guido van Rossum <guido@digicool.com> writes
> >Sorry for the introsion.  I just found out that there's a thing called
> >Python-Siphon being discussed on the distutils-sig (to which I'm not
> >subscribed), which is CPAN functionality.  I believe that falls under
> >the Catalog SIG's charter too (to which I *am* subscribed, I believe
> >-- but it's been dead since last November), so I'mm ccing there.
> >
> >I love the concept.  But please don't use that name.  I searched
> >Google for "python siphon" and found out it is a technical term for
> >something used to siphon water into or out of aquariums (?).  That's
> >cute, but makes it hard to find through web searches, and that's not
> >what we want for a CPAN thingie! :-)
> >
> >Feel free to flame me if this is inappropriate!
> >
> >--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

Robin Becker replied:
> Well there was a very long discussion about this on clp, but I guess
> dictators don't listen to ordinary folk. I guess the common fate of
> dictators is that the masses eventually catch up with them in surprising
> ways.

Well, I guess I'm getting what I asked for!  I did said "please"
though. :-)

> Siphon seems quite a good name in terms of the etymology and rhyme. If
> all new decisions on module name have to be referred to google it'll be
> a bit limiting.

Sure.  I thought this was going to be more than a module though?

> Feel free to post an alternate and then we can submit it to google.

It seems you've already made up your mind, so I'll back off now.

Just one question: I wonder why did this never came up on the
catalog-sig.  Did we fail to advertise the SIG when it was created?
How can we prevent such mistakes in the future?

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)