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 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.

#25 Re: Re: Online polls

by metalcrypt66

Thursday April 24th, 2003 7:34 AM

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"As Boris Zbarsky asked another person during this unpleasant week, how old are you? I think about 13? :)"

If that's your only defense, laugh it up all you want. I'm old enough to not call for childish trolling, and to not troll whenever I'm in disagreement with something. One may wonder if the Firebird database organisation isn't run by 13 years old, based on your reasoning here. ;) Fact is, our work is far too critical to base it on software developed by an immature organisation - well, that's a bit unfair since they later called for a more respectful response, but the damage had been done already. We'll just stick to either MySQL or PostgreSQL... Unless in the end they decide to simply go for a commercial one, which wouldn't surprise me in the least. After all, we're already stuck with IE and are not allowed to use other browsers except for a few limited cases. Yipee.