Forum OpenACS Q&A: Name poll results ...
It looks as though about 58% like the name "Open Architecture
Community System" (with 3 to 2 liking "OpenACS 4.2" rather than
About 27% like "Open ArsDigita Community System" with no change
(meaning no "OACS"). Is it safe to presume that these folks prefer
"OpenACS 4.2, the Open Architecture Community System" to "OACS 4.2",
as well? One can't really say so for certain so I'm asking for some
informal feedback here.
If folks thing the poll's strong enough with its 37% plurality for
"OpenACS 4.2, the Open Architecture Community System at openacs.org"
then we should just go for it.
If folks think we need another poll to give those who rejected the two
"Open Architecture" variants a chance to choose between "OACS 4.2"
and "OpenACS 4.2" ("Open Architecture" is a given at this point),
step forward and say so.
I have no desire to cut off participation by the community and will
run another poll if there's sentiment for it, but if not let's just
run with the poll result and save a little time.
What do folks think?
Furthermore, OpenACS has been receiving an ample amount of exposure from people on discussion forums saying stuff like the "ACS will live on through the OpenACS community." It seems that changing the name now would confuse some people, and the community would lose some of the identity it has already established.
A few years ago Silicon Graphics changed to SGI, and look at its stock price now :).
I say keep it as OpenACS.
OpenACS, the Open Architecture.
I was asking if we should hold another poll to choose between "OpenACS, the Open Architecture Community System, presents OpenACS 4.2" and "OpenACS, the Open Architecture Community System, presents OACS 4.2".
These are the only two options on the table after the poll, IMO.
The Choices: Between Gold and Silver...
- "OpenACS, the Open Architecture Community System, presents OpenACS 4.2"
- "OpenACS, the Open Architecture Community System, presents OACS 4.2
I like option #1 preferred by 3 to 2 so to be selfish and unfair, I'd say NO poll so my favored option would win.
Had I prefered option #2, I'd say, Do another poll, where I might have a chance to "win the gold".
And no, we can't give out two Gold metals!
Overall, I could live with either option.
- Should we change the "ArsDigita" to "Architecuture" in Open ArsDigita Community System?
- Should we change the acronym from "OpenACS" to "OACS"?
Now dang. I went and complained. *grin*. So...short and sweet. I stongly prefer OpenACS to OACS. I actually like it more, plus we really do actually have publicity out there with that name. Plus, as was mentioned previously, this site IS openacs.org, and oacs.org is taken! (As is oacs.com, but oacs.net doesn't seem to be...).
When I made the poll I also asked folks for input on the questions, and tried to make it clear that we could rip it down and put up a different poll if people didn't like my attempt. Frankly I expected people to shoot down my attempt and was rather surprised that no one did, that people just voted instead.
Nobody asked for a change so I assume people were either happy with it, or not unhappy enough to ask for a different approach.
Look ... we need to get closure here, one way or another. I'm willing to run another poll to further clarify things if enough folks want me to, but we need to get moving. I want to settle this before beta so we can massage the docs. There's really only one possible package change that may go in before I roll the thing and I'm leaning towards not doing that, so we're really close from a technical point of view.
So at this point we're getting close to seeing the seemingly endless name discussion drive our beta release date.
Therefore ... closure is needed, folks!
I hear ya, Don. To be honest, though...I only noticed the poll from the homepage. I didn't bother to go looking for the threads of discussion, so I didn't have all the context. That was me being lazy, though. And yeah, I just picked the one that was "close enough" for me...polls are never precisely what you want, you know.
I'm definitely in the "not unhappy enough to ask for a different approach" pile, even now. I say go with OpenACS/Open Architecture Community System. Closure is important, and beta even more so. And thanks for going "above and beyond" in an attempt to get community consensus.
So folks have a couple more days to bitch about process if they want! :)
OpenACS has been there so lets stick with it. OACS is something new and it could be pronounced differently. OpenACS seems to be longer but straightforward.
OpenACS =) Besides OACS will give additional burden to Vinod and Roberto on renaming the term in the docs. hehehehe.