IBPhoenix Calls For More Focussed and Courteous Protest Campaign
Thursday April 17th, 2003
IBPhoenix, the FirebirdSQL Foundation sponsor who yesterday called for a mass forum posting and emailing campaign in opposition of Phoenix's renaming to Firebird, have reconsidered the scale of their protest. In an update posted on the IBPhoenix front page, the group says: "Yesterday, your voice was heard on their forums and in broadly targetted email. We've got their attention. Now, we should make our argument, simply, cogently, and with the respect owed by one open source group to another."
In a new article published today, Firebird Admin Ann Harrison asks fellow members of the Firebird database community to "stop broadcasting our dismay widely and focus instead on those people who can actually affect the decision." Adding that "the point is not to smother them in accuratory (sic) or derogatory messages", Harrison calls for future emails to be sent only to Mitchell Baker, mozilla.org's Chief Lizard Wrangler, and Asa Dotzler, who announced Phoenix's new name on Monday.
The statement also includes a plea for civility: "When writing to the Mozilla forum or MozillaZine, use the same courtesy we use with each other in our discussions. Better yet, use the courtesy that we often use when we haven't forgotten ourselves and jumped on a soap-box." As one of the sites affected by this protest, we at MozillaZine welcome this move as a step in the right direction.
Another Update! The Firebird database project's front page article in protest of the renaming has been updated to remove the list of Mozilla developers' contact details. The announcement now requests that the Firebird database community only post to their own Firebird-general mailing list (which was known as IBDI until it was renamed on Wednesday). IBPhoenix have also modified their original statement to purge many Mozilla email addresses.
People, what the heck ever.
You sound like a bunch of school kids. "My code name is 'Firebird.'" "You can't be 'Firebird,' I thought of it first! Whaaaaah!"
Besides, who would name a database "Firebird"? That sounds like a name for a sports car, something like a web browser that everyone enjoys and actually wants to have. A database engine is more like a dump truck. As long as it runs and runs, that's all that matters. No one is going to sit around and compose poetry about a dump truck.
You know what? Firebird the database engine should get a new name. It's not like they've even done much for the community. OTOH, without the Mozilla Project and now Firebird (TM) and Thunderbird (TM) the Linux desktop would be a joke. Our project is a lot more important than the database.