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.

#26 Re: Re: Re: Before this goes any further

by arvindn

Thursday April 24th, 2003 7:51 AM

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I think you totally missed the point.

Read the announcement again. It says 30% of the _voters_ chose "love it", 6% like it, ... etc but when it comes to the offending opinion it goes out of the way to point out that the option got 29% of the _votes_. And for the last option it again reverts to saying that 12% of the people chose it. As I pointed out, if multiple votes were cast for the penultimate option then it was most certainly the case with the first option too. The un-subtle allegation was totally unnecessary after making it clear that "we strongly believe that certain parties made concerted efforts to fix the contest". Contest? What contest? I never saw it as a contest. How much money is the winner getting?

I'll say it again. Immature. Hypocritical.

And its funny you should call me a whiner. Because I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other on the name. I'd never even heard of the Firebird database before this controversy started. I was _merely_ pointing out the illogic and the childishness of it.