[KI-LC] Naming of groups in Confluence and mail aliases

Eve Maler Eve.Maler at Sun.COM
Wed Jul 15 14:04:00 PDT 2009

I asked Joni today about the chances of using more "friendly" names in  
the wiki workspace URLs and mail aliases.  I firmly believe that such  
things are part of presenting a friendly and open face to any  
potential stakeholders to help them decide to get engaged...

It turns out we have some control over these key phrases, but it's not  
total.  E.g., Confluence's "short name" for each group has to be in  
uppercase in the URL, though the mail alias shows as lowercase.

Joni suggested that all these short names be uniform if we can manage  
it; she's been using "WGxxxx" and "DGxxxx" for most of the new groups  
(though I notice Concordia's short name is "CONCORD" like the  
grape :-).  A consistent pattern seems okay to me, though I'd prefer  
"xxxx-WG" and "xxxx-DG" since it puts the unique information first and  
is just easier to read and "pronounce".  And I have no problem with  
slightly longer names, so "CONCORDIA-DG" and "UMA-WG" would be better  
in my mind.

Am I being pedantic/crazy?  Overly concerned with "messaging"?  Are  
there other sorts of optimizations we could do around naming, if I'm  
not entirely crazy?

And do we need perfect uniformity?  If Joni does change any of these  
at this point, it breaks old URLs and such.  I'm actually willing to  
do this for Concordia since we haven't gotten going yet.  (And  
unfortunately I can't think of any brilliantly friendly acronym  
besides UMA for my other group).  But other groups may not want the  
pain of changing now, even if they would have liked a different naming  
option in the beginning.



Eve Maler                                          eve.maler @ sun.com
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Sun Microsystems Identity Software                www.xmlgrrl.com/blog

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