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.

#82 Re: Re: Re: Nonsense

by the_Rebel

Wednesday April 30th, 2003 11:37 PM

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// "The Firebird group's first response was to politely send email to people at" // // Have you seen any of the emails? How can you be certain that they were polite?

Alex, I am talking about the emails that were sent last year when the Firebird name was first suggested. Although it is true that I have not seen those emails, I would be willing to bet that they were polite. Do you have any reason to think that they were not?

// "When completely ignored those Firebird emails, then the Firebird group // encouraged people to send email" // // How quickly should have responded to the emails? It would seem that the Firebird // database people waited less than 48 hours before encouraging other people to email.

No, it was not 48 hours later, it was months later. You misunderstood me. I was referring to the original emails sent last year which were completely ignored by when announced that that they had chosen Firebird as the new name.