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Re: [HACKERS] pgsql: Remove mention of the Berkeley origins of the alias "Postgres"

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org, pgsql-committers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] pgsql: Remove mention of the Berkeley origins of the alias "Postgres"
Date: 2008-04-09 00:56:18
Message-ID: 200804090056.m390uIS23756@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> momjian(at)postgresql(dot)org (Bruce Momjian) writes:
> > Remove mention of the Berkeley origins of the alias "Postgres" ---
> > seems unnecessary to mention in the FAQ, per discussion on IRC.
> 
> This doesn't seem like an improvement in the least.  It makes it
> appear that Postgres is just a randomly chosen abbreviation that
> has no particular historical standing compared to, say, Postgre.
> The previous text made it perfectly clear *why* that shortening
> is preferred over others.

OK, you the second person to say that so I re-added it.

> Why are such politically touchy decisions being taken in an anonymous,
> unarchived forum like IRC, anyway?  Especially when what *was*
> being publicly discussed was an entirely different change?
> http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-docs/2008-04/msg00001.php
> 
> (Not that I like JD's proposed change better, but at least he
> made it in a reasonably well-read forum.)

I everything related to the alias politically charged.  That is a
serious problem.

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