[kde-community] Renaming KScreenGenie

Carl Symons carlsymons at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 21:16:40 UTC 2015


On Saturday, September 19, 2015 12:17:00 AM Boudhayan Gupta wrote:
> On 19 September 2015 at 00:00, Eike Hein <hein at kde.org> wrote:
> > 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
> >   name.
> > 
> > * 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
> >   unapproachable.
> > 
> > * 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.)
> 
> When I first thought of Selfie, I thought of the following:
> 
> * It makes perfect sense (screen taking a self portrait).
> * While most other applications and projects take an "appropriate" and
> subdued approach to naming their apps, this would be very "with the
> times" and culture-appropriate, at this point.
> * A fresh jolt from the dreary and monotonous world of coding?
> 
> While it is a bit late now (the repository rename was done yesterday),
> I'm still in love with the word Selfie (for the above reasons and
> more). I'm heavily considering requesting another rename to Selfie.
> 
> Are there any strong objections?
> 
> Cheers,
> Boudhayan

I'm with Eike. Excellent points for using Selfie. Appropriate name for the 
function that it serves.

carl



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