Derik Whittaker



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What is a name, besides identity?

Over the past 2-3 days there has been an uproar over at the altnetconf list.  Oops, I meant the cli_dev list.  This uproar is because of a single action.  Changing the name of the list.

Some would like to argue that the name of the list is not important.  That the name of the list is simply an 'ID'.  That changing the name does not change the identity of the list. 

However, I would argue that changing a name is to shed its old identity and be giving a new identity.  Now maybe this is exactly what was intended, maybe not.  But this action is not one to be taken lightly.  As changing the identity of something is a very dangerous action, as is apparent by reading the various posts on the list.

The reality of it is this.  At the end of the day, the group will move on.  Feelings that are now hurt will get better.  The mud that is being slung will be washed off.  And assuming the community can pull through, we will be stronger for it.

However, if the community cannot pull though this, then it was really not much of a community at all.

My 2Cents on the matter

Till next time,

Posted 12-28-2007 6:54 AM by Derik Whittaker
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Scott Bellware wrote re: What is a name, besides identity?
on 12-29-2007 2:43 PM

In fact, the name is more of a type than an ID.  Identity is a far wider reaching concept than mere tracking ID's for software objects.

But the more we try to cram social and human issues into a cognitive pipeline whose bandwidth is constrained by analogies to software system, the more the analogies simply don't apply due to their over-limitations.

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