[Mailman-Users] use of name "mailman"
gstein at lyra.org
Mon Feb 22 23:12:42 CET 1999
James Strickland wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Feb 1999, Christopher Kolar wrote:
> > Sorry to bug you all with this (not being on the developers' list myself),
> > but I was wondering if I am the only person to wonder about the use of the
> > name "Mailman." It is used by Endymion (www.endymion.com) for both the
> > commercial and the (excellent, free) standard versions of their WWW-POP3
> > interface software. I am running both on the same server and about once or
> > twice a day get confused over which I am reading about. Apart from the
> > confusion of a few users, maybe the development team should look into the
> > use of the name (from a legal perspective).
> There is also a problem with the name incorporating the word "man", so if
> there is a need to change the name I think a gender-neutral name should be
What is the problem with "man" being in there?
Don't go all PC on us here. "Mailman" is an appropriate term, simply
because of the connotations of a guy back in the 50's bringing the mail
to your door. If it was named "Mailperson", then people would think
somebody has their head on wrong.
Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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