[kde-community] Renaming KScreenGenie
hein at kde.org
Fri Sep 18 18:30:32 UTC 2015
On 09/01/2015 10:08 PM, Boudhayan Gupta wrote:
> Ladies and gentlemen, I'll take a decision on this in the next couple
> of days. As it stands now, Pixie is a universal favourite but we can't
> use it for copyright reasons.
> Kapture seems to have the most number of votes, so if nothing changes
> I'll go with that.
I'd like to object to using Kapture for a number of reasons
... apologies for getting involved at this late hour, I was
on vacation for most of this thread :)
* The forcibly-inject-a-K naming scheme used to offer some
utility in the form of communicating to users that an
application was meant to use in a KDE workspace, and would
work well in it. Through various efforts (cross-desktop
standardization via freedesktop.org, KDE's porting efforts,
even our rebranding exercise) we've moved beyond that in
need and spirit, and largely only negatives remain - such
as its gimmicky nature and bad reputation. I think the app
is great and it would be unfortunate for its rollout to be
overshadowed by a reaction to this backwards-oriented
* It's not very memorable. Verb-based names don't easily
imprint as a thing.
* It doesn't sound pleasant and feels out of character due
to many strong consonants and the snap of the first
syllable. It doesn't sound approachable or nimble, it
sounds serious and heavy-duty. Note these kinds of things
transfer to a great degree across language spheres (cf.
the Bouba-Kiki effect).
Personally I'm a big fan of the "Selfie" suggestion:
* It's clever and funny (the computer taking a self-portrait).
* For those who can't take the word seriously - it also works
tongue-in-cheek. It's not a fad, though; a word for the
concept was needed, this it it, there won't be another
(with the exception of Korea's "selca" for self-camera,
perhaps). It's won.
* Selfie is a artifact of globally interconnected culture,
it's familiar to many non-English-speakers and not nerdy,
while capture is advanced English and fairly technical and
* It's an opportunity to appropriate a mainstream word for
our purposes before anyone else really does. Those don't
come along that often.
* It sounds pleasant due to weaker consonants and i/e
vowels. Cats would like this name. (But admittedly some
language spheres can't pronounce f well.)
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