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.

#9 OK, but...

by prometeo

Thursday April 24th, 2003 3:28 AM

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You have the numbers, so you are absolutely right. My view, apart from the poll, is that many people like me dislike decision and probably most of them didn't even vote: not everybody on the net likes voting polls (which is true also for people who actually like the new name). Using the name of another OSS project is something I think is wrong and which I would personally avoid, even if I have the legal right to do so. But that's me, myself and I; don't want to change everybody else's mind. As a mozilla contributor (ok, no code, but translation stuff) and long time supporter (even evangelist among friends), I have done what I was able to: vote in poll and write some posts. I won't comment further and I will keep supporting our beloved browser (or suite, or whatever...) in silence, as I have done in the past. BTW, thanks a lot for all the work done in mozillazine to you and all the others admins.