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.

#54 Re: Just lovely

by lazytiger

Thursday April 24th, 2003 2:46 PM

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Not to say that that redvine knows all or is an unbiased source of information, but I find the idea of the Phoenix team being a little cocky quite believeable. I think you missed the point, or at least, you got something totally different out of his message than I did. This has nothing to do with the actual product or its code; Phoenix/Firebird is a great project and I elated that it's being integrated into the trunk. What I am annoyed by is the asinine situation that has come about just because of its name. It is 100% childish to insist that it be called a particular name at the behest of a few people when the community at large is torn over it. They are not "defending their creation." Yes, they created the project - they did not *create* the word "Firebird." Whether they can get away with using the name Firebird or not is irrelevant. The fact that there is a very large group of people that have their panties in a bunch over the name is reason enough to simply drop it and get another one. We are not here to endlessly battle over intellectual property. Give the project a name people won't bitch about so that we can move on.