[Edu-sig] Renaming PyWhip

Jeff Elkner jeff at elkner.net
Wed Feb 24 19:37:14 CET 2010

I have no objection to PyBat, Dave, and would gladly defer to you as
project creator in using that name should you chose it.  I'm honestly
not trying to be difficult, only just ;-)  Coming from a country that
had system of chattel slavery for hundreds of years, and then
terrorized the formerly enslaved population for a century after that,
I just can't work with a name involving whips as an image.


jeff ellkner

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM, David MacQuigg
<macquigg at ece.arizona.edu> wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> This is the first time I have heard anyone object to the name, and it comes
> as a complete surprise.  I'm still not sure I understand the problem, but
> from your statement about white males and nooses, I assume it is something
> racial.  Anyway, my preference for the name is just looking for something
> short and memorable.  I don't like PyPractice because it lacks those
> qualities.
> Would you have the same objection to PyBat?  I assume you are familiar with
> the JavaBat website.  When I first heard about this website, I thought of
> batting practice, like in baseball.  I suppose bats could be used against
> people also, but that seems like a stretch.  When I think of PyWhip, I think
> of short, fast problems that the students can "whip through".  Maybe my
> interpretation is a stretch.
> I think we should put this question to a wider audience, especially
> foreigners.  I will post the question to [edu-sig].
> -- Dave

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