Firebird Poll Ignites Flames of Passion
Wednesday April 23rd, 2003
The question posed by our last poll was intended to get feedback on 'Firebird', the new name for Phoenix. We got it in buckets. A massive 20,576 people voted — that's over ten times as many as for the new Roadmap poll. The Firebird name is a sensitive issue and we strongly believe that certain parties made concerted efforts to fix the contest. Bearing that in mind, the results of the poll apparently suggest that 30% of voters love the new name, 6% like it, 4% are neutral towards it, 4% don't like it and 12% hate it. 29% of the votes cast were by people who think that mozilla.org should not have picked the same name as the Firebird database and 12% believe that the Mozilla suite should be renamed to Winnebago.
Our next poll will hopefully be less controversial. Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of NCSA Mosaic, the revolutionary browser that is frequently credited with turbo-charging the growth of the Web. We want to know when you think the best period of post-Mosaic browser innovation took place. Was it immediately after the release of Mosaic, during which a crop of new graphical browsers hit the streets? Was it during in the Browser Wars, when Netscape and Microsoft battled for dominance of the Web? Maybe you think that we're currently in a browser innovation renaissance, with established companies like Apple re-entering the browser market. Let us know what you think and check the up-to-the-second results to follow the poll's progress.
#10 Online polls
Thursday April 24th, 2003 3:51 AM
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It's a no-brainer that, just like the MozillaZine forums were invaded, the online poll was flooded by the database people. One thing's for sure, rigging an online poll is common, I've seen it so many times I stopped counting. Either using different IPs or asking friends to go vote or whatever. So the poll was totally useless to begin with, considering all the childish crap that's been going on since the name announcement.
Personally, I don't care about the name for the browser, be it Firebird or something else. I'm only concerned, new roadmap in mind, about it having at least the functionality of the Mozilla browser (which I currently use.) I didn't know about the database before all this story, now I do and I also know I'll steer clear of it, as I'm not interested in using a database product sponsored (whatever) by an organisation that came up with the retarded flood/spam/troll response call that IBPhoenix & Friends have been doing over the past several days. In fact, I advised a group at work who was looking into open source databases to steer clear of it - I didn't editorialise, I just pointed them to the starting point of the anti-Firebird browser campaign and they agreed they had no interest in doing business with that kind of people. So the Firebird database did get some additional recognition, but their childish behaviour has also hurt them. Good.
If anything, I'd say just change the name so we can get rid of the trolls and have the Mozilla-related people (developers and users) go back to useful discussion. But if the name remains the same, I won't be crying about it, I only care about the functionality of the end product.