[Volunteers] "*** of the Month"

William R Ward bill at svlug.org
Tue Jul 5 13:21:16 PDT 2005

J. Paul Reed writes:
>On 05 Jul 2005 at 13:06:04, William R Ward arranged the bits on my disk to say:
>> I'd like to suggest we not use the term "Foo of the month."  The term
>> "foo" is derived from an acronym that uses foul language, is alien to the
>> newbie, and is cliche to the experienced user.  Let's just call it "tool
>> of the month" or something similar.
>I'm going to ask for other opinions on this; I understand that it's derived
>from a military term which is a... colorful acronym.
>On the other hand, I really like the ambiguity "Foo of the month" allows
>us, and the fact of the matter is that foo, bar, baz, etc. are all terms
>that are used within the open source community quite frequently, and
>without any reference to the original acronym.
>In some sense, we've made it ours.

I'd like to see other opinions on it too.

>I also think it's cute; "'Tool' of the Month" is boring; how many LUGs have
>done *that*?

You say boring, I say professional...


William R. Ward - Vice President, Silicon Valley Linux Users Group
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