[Twisted-Python] suggestions for naming to help us preserve a Twisted trademark

Duncan McGreggor duncan.mcgreggor at gmail.com
Fri May 30 20:24:22 EDT 2008

On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 3:56 PM, L. Daniel Burr <ldanielburr at mac.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 30 May 2008 15:31:36 -0500, Jack Moffitt <jack at chesspark.com> wrote:
>>>> I have to say, personally, there's pretty much no way I would ever name
>>>> a
>>>> project 'Twisty' anything ;-).
>>> OK, OK, I get it.  Everybody hates "Twisty" :).  I should have been more
>>> careful to separate the specific suggestion of "Twisty" (which was just
>>> something that popped into my head) in my original message from the need
>>> for
>>> a word like this.  I wasn't totally set on it.
>> I like Twisty.  It's cute.  Much better than some lame microsoft-like
>> 2-3 letter prefix to the name of the package.  Of course, I think any
>> package called PyBlah is fairly lame too.
>> jack.
> Seconded, for whatever such secondment is worth ;)
> I've heard so many people tell me that they won't use library A, or
> framework B, because the "name doesn't sound professional".  The
> rationale is usually one of the following:
> 1. If the name is unprofessional, the code/community must also
>   be unprofessional.
> 2. People I work with/for will ridicule me for promoting the use
>   of any product with such a silly name; worse, I will lose
>   credibility within my organization for having promoted the
>   use of said product.
> Now, I'm not denying that these things happen, but my own
> perspective is that anyone who adopts either of the rationales
> stated above should not be attempting to use Python, much less
> Twisted, for their work.  If you need acceptance and buy-in
> from people for whom a silly name is a deal-breaker, then you
> should just make your life easier and stick with products that
> you know will meet with ready acceptance inside your organization.
> Me?  I like TwistyDownloader, TwistyMessaging, TwistyTweets, etc.
> Silly?  Sure.  Readily identifiable as being part of the Twisted
> branding universe?  Yes.  The latter is what counts, in my book,
> not some misguided need for "seriousness" or "professionalism".
> Heck, "Twisty" evokes fond memories of interactive fiction, at
> least for me.  What more could a geek want?

These are all really good points. I'm not a big fan of the "Twisty"
name, but did a great job casting it in a nice light. However,
twisty.whatever isn't a good namespace to cram a bunch of stuff. tx,
on the other hand, is. It's a quick type that I won't mind doing
repeatedly for any Twisted-based project code I write.

How about "TX, pronounced 'Twisty'" ...


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