Review Request: Change "abort session" to "exit session" in kdm

David Jarvie djarvie at
Sun Jul 19 02:25:15 BST 2009

On Sunday 19 July 2009 01:52:06 Sebastian K├╝gler wrote:
> On Wednesday 15 July 2009 22:49:46 Oswald Buddenhagen wrote:
> > i don't have the impression that you fully appreciate the effects of the
> > function whose naming you are trying to change. let me propose a few
> > alternatives: shoot down, blow away, nuke. or maybe you prefer references
> > to forceful termination of life? how about kill, slay, snuff? or maybe
> > let's just stay with abort, how would that be?
> Instead of trying to be sarcastic, and failing at that, it would *really*
> be much more productive why you are rejecting the work.
> Your comment (and many others, for that matter) is neither funny nor
> helping to understand how you see the problem, just standing there at the
> gate and talking non- sense doesn't improve KDE or make anyone's work more
> pleasurable. Actually being friendly and patient with those who try to
> improve those aspects would help a lot making you a nicer person, and KDE
> for all of us a nicer environment. Having met you personally a couple of
> times, I know you're actually a really nice guy. What's the problem being
> more friendly online, then?
> And in case you really didn't understand it yet: Celeste asked a valid
> question, giving some more background information about a particular patch
> proposed by Mackenzie, and you seem to go out of your way to try to find
> synonyms for "killing"? Seriously, WTF, Ossi?

I think what Ossi has in mind, even if he didn't say it in the right way - is 
something which needs to be considered before globally changing "abort" to 
"cancel" etc - is that abort sometimes really means abort, i.e. terminate 
forcefully without any cleanup. Words like cancel just don't imply this to the 
same extent - cancel is very frequently used in situations where nothing bad 
will happen if you choose that option. So in the cases where abort is more 
descriptive of what will happen, some other word implying "be very careful 
before choosing this option" would need to be used if we _really_ need to 
avoid "abort". To my mind, abort is a good word to use in these circumstances 
- it conveys the meaning well, and avoiding it in all circumstances seems like 
political correctness taken too far.

David Jarvie.
KAlarm author and maintainer.

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