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.

#81 Re: Re: Not surprising

by pomes

Friday April 25th, 2003 2:22 PM

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A) Whether or not the poll was faked is a small symptom of the issue. The issue is that Firebird DB users *as well as* Mozilla users (myself included) are disgusted with this and feel compelled to speak out about it.

B) I usually peruse the roadmaps but don't ever feel compelled to comment on them because I love Mozilla and trust the people who work on it implicitly as far as technical issues go, as well as issues concerning the future visions for the product. I believe in the vision and the technical skills of the Mozilla leadership. After this mess, though, I know not to trust their ethical skills.