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Bob the Hamster
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: "Z" codename Reply with quote

If you have been following the Ypsiliform release candidate thread, you already know that we are very very close to a new stable release.

And that leads me to think about the codename for the *next* stable release. Traditionally the codename is a silly obscure word chosen by me in alphabetical order, and since the "Z" release is our last before looping back to the beginning of the alphabet, it feels special.

A lot of people have wanted the name Zeitgeist, but I am vetoing that one for various reasons but mainly because I like to be difficult ;)

So I have decided to do this democratically, and put it to a vote.

=NOMINATION=
* Anyone may nominate as many names as they want.
* Names must start with Z
* Names must have more than one syllable
* Names must be a single word (if it is a compound word, you can run it together, or use hyphens)

=VOTING=
* Voting starts when nomination gets boring. Nomination does not have to stop when voting starts.
* Vote for your favorite 3 in order. Favorite will get 3 points. second favorite will get 2 points. third favorite gets 1 point. You also get one optional anti-vote which gives an option -1 points.
* If you want to change your vote, edit your post instead of posting again (that will make counting easier later)

=SPECIAL RULES=
* Zeitgeist cannot win without a 60% majority to override my veto.
* If a word does not appear in the dictionary, is not a name, doesn't appear in fiction, or does not have a story behind it, then it needs a 60% majority to win. (Whether a given word is affected by this rule is subject to debate)
* If no entry reaches a 50% majority, the entry with the largest plurality of votes will win.
* If a winner cannot be determined because of a tie, there will be a second run-off vote. If the second run-off-vote results in a tie, the remaining first-place words must merged into a single super-word.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zebranky!

I brought it up in IRC a couple weeks ago (my understanding was that noone, and certainly not I, wanted Zeitgeist) and many suggestions were lobbed about. But browsing a list of a thousand words starting with Z just feels like... cheating
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am glad to hear that Zeitgeist is more unpopular than I feared :)

I nominate:
* Zimperumpazoo
* Zaphod
* Zugzwang
* Zoroaster
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zosterophyllopsida!!!
(exclamation points optional)
Zamboni
Zillion
Zirconium
Zygomycota
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zoolander
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second Zaphod
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zanity
Zakow (pronounced Za-KOW)
Zsancko (pronounced Zsha-nko)
Zuggernaut
Zylphe (pronounced Zil-pha)

I like Zillion and Zirconium, too.


PS. Notice how I put my suggestions in helpful alphabetical order, too!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I was the first to suggest Zeitgeist - it loosely translates to "spirit of the times", and I kinda liked the way it seemed to contrast with Rusalka. That being said, "Zarathrustra" is ALSO an amazing and awesome codename.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ziggurat or Zephyr. I would not be averse to Zarathustra, either, although it's tricky to spell.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm gonna third "Zaphod."

Here are a few others I like (which I'll admit I listed a long time ago when the question of the Z engine first came up, so a couple will fail the syllable requirement, but still...):

Zootsuit (normally zoot suit) -- a popular dress suit for men, really popular among swing dancers. Could be a good name for a "fashionable" engine.

Zedsdeadbaby (or "Zed's dead, baby") -- the chronological last line of Pulp Fiction, an indie movie that defied traditional commercialism by changing the rules about what was acceptable in mainstream entertainment.

Zugzwang -- A forced move in chess. Might be a good name if you're scraping for features and decide you just have to release it whether you have any or not. (seems someone else suggested this one earlier)

Zonked -- Exhausted. Might be symbolic of your stance with the engine:).

Zoetrope -- An optical toy (like a kaleidoscope) that simulates motion. Note: Francis Ford Coppola has an artists' post and review website by this name (as well as a production studio).

Zipcode (or zip code) -- A system for getting mail to specific regions accurately.

Zinger -- A surprising announcement.

Zingaro -- The Italian word for gypsy (might need to double-check that one).

Ziff -- An Australian slang word for a beard. Highlights the face of the engine???

Zestful -- Full of zest, stimulating flavor or interest.

Zarzuela -- "A Spanish traditional form of musical comedy."

Zapateado -- Rhythmic stamping in a flamenco dance.

Zabaglione -- An Italian desert, sometimes used as a creamy topping (like ice cream).
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Zipper"

But I like "Zephyr" too.
After reading a few of these other suggestions, very few of these even sound like words anymore.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zenith.

'cuz the only way is up.

alternately: Zoetic
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Pepsi Ranger:
"Names must have more than one syllable", my friend.

Zirconium is pretty cool - has anyone here heard of the band Tally Hall?

Zodiac, or some derivative of that. I don't know if I really like that one.

Hell, can't we just use the fancy Z with the extra line that denotes the ring of integers?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zoidberg
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool,
Check out what Zirconium looks like:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zirconium
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