Connotation analysis for Fedora Project codenames
jreznik at redhat.com
Fri Mar 23 14:14:36 UTC 2012
there's ongoing discussion about the connotation analysis
of Fedora Project code names (so not only for Fedora itself
but other sub-projects too) started by Rajesh Ranjan (thanks
It's a right time to get an input from community as there's
currently running Fedora 18 codename process .
As Rajesh posted to Fedora Board Track ticket, connotation is
"the emotional and imaginative association for a word, where
denotation is the strict dictionary meaning of a word."
Current process for selecting next code name is - community
members suggests the name, there's publicly accessible list for
everyone, then Board goes through the suggested names list to
remove the clear examples of names breaking the policy (yeah,
usually it's one search term in Google to find out the name has
to be ruled out, but that's Board deal ;-) and this list is
sent to Red Hat legal for proper legal review. Then the voting
is opened for everyone with valid FAS account and only names
that passed the process are allowed.
In Fedora we believe in freedom and openness, we don't have to
stick to the strict "corporate-like| rules but on the other hand we
should respect our community and we don't want to offend anyone
Usually, we use the common sense to rule out offending stuff but
also we (and Board neither) don't have a degree in sociology, politics,
religion and our geek culture is also from the another universe :).
As I already pointed out - the process is open. Anybody can step
into in the early phase of naming selection and comment the
potential problems. And I believe the Board members will think
about the concerns raised (at least me ;-).
So personally I'd like to avoid any strict rule/policy as it could
hurt our community, we don't have a proper set of skills to do
the full analysis during the Board turn and I really hope with help
provided by community we can avoid the naming problems in the
future - just we need your, community, input.
PS: I like Christoph's comment in ticket - that as an international
project we should be proud of our diversity. It is a chance and
a burden at the same time, Fedora will face this problem often and
we can do our best to respect others and their views.
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