RE: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology

Subject: RE: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Evelyn Lee Barney" <evbarney -at- comcast -dot- net>, "Paul Hanson" <phanson -at- Quintrex -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:13:51 -0400

Appeasement, as a strategy, is doomed to fail.

Parent/child implies the notion of progeny and a particular kind of
relationship (see others' mention of OOP).
That relationship is not present in electronic and other technological
situations where master/slave is the proper and appropriate descriptive
couple that has long history of offending no-one and of informing many,
many, many readers of technical documents and articles.

The relationship is more on the order of controlling/controlled,
kinda-sorta. Should we change bus-master to bus-potentate?

Just because people are willing... nay, EAGER to find ways to be
offended, does not imply the faintest obligation upon sensible and
reasonable people to pander to them. In fact, I perceive a duty to
oppose them. There is no limit to which they will not go if encouraged.
Just say 'no'.


Offense theft: the taking of offense where none is offered. Often
perpetrated by the politically correct and the professionally offended.

Evelyn Lee Barney responded
> Paul,
> I have to say this is the only alternative I've heard that I thought
> worked. Like others on this list, I felt stuck with master/slave for
> clarity reasons. However, as parent/child is a common term in
> object-oriented programming, I bet this could catch on easily enough.
> Ev
> Paul Hanson wrote:
> > This discussion came up recently around here. The designer of some
> functionality in our system replaced "master/slave" with
> No objections so far have come to my attention. That said, if
> is suitable for your audience, use that phrase.

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Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology: From: Karen Mulholland
Re: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology: From: Paul Hanson
Re: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology: From: Evelyn Lee Barney

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