[Talk-GB] Voting mechanical edit: UK shop names

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Sat Nov 1 00:49:43 UTC 2014


On 10/31/2014 11:51 PM, Matthijs Melissen wrote:
> Voting is now open for the proposal to unify the names of chain shops
> within the UK by renaming them.

I have the following problem with this:

I do understand the rationale and it is indeed true that it is nicer to
have a unified landscape of names.

However, is this not leading us down a path where we'll have to repeat
such edits time and time again, to fix all the misspellings that have
been introduced in the mean time? And to make another mass change if
chain A is bought out by chain B and the name changes? And make another
mass change if the PR guys of "Best-One" decide that they'd from now on
prefer to be called "BestOne"? And... where does it stop?

Will such a mass edit not make data consumers believe that the shop will
always be B&Q and never B & Q or anything else, and create an
expectation setting that before too long requires of us to make sure our
editors only add the correct spelling (whatever the corporate PR wants
it to be at the moment)?


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