Re: Help with fake names issue

Subject: Re: Help with fake names issue
From: William Gaffga <will -dot- gaffga -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Technical Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:14:19 -0700

At one point I had a list of "fake" names created by Sun (or some similar
firm) for use in their docs. I can't find it, sorry.

A quick Google search turned up this page:
http://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2007/04/30/fake-names-for-documentation/

For many uses, I wouldn't object to the names in the "Punny" names
category, but most of the content in the Fictional Characters category is
way too off-color for serious work ... I'll personally send $50 bucks to
the "good luck" fund for the brave writer who uses Dixie Normous (Austin
Powers) in their docs :)
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On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>wrote:

>
> Where did the objection come from? Ypur legal department? I worked with
> medical software. Our lawyers said you can use real names, like John Smith,
> as long as you do not use real patient data from someone named John Smith.
> We were protecting the patient's identity, not John Smith's.
>
> If you need to use the real data and made-up names, you should also add a
> disclaimer. It is impossible to conceive of every possible name.
>
>
> > Friends,
> >
> > I have been provided with a list of acceptable names to use in a
> > training project that includes things like "Deadlines, Expects Many,"
> > "Flare, Shiny Red" and "Paint, Many Colors."
> >
> > As an alternative, I presented a list of names like "Sarah Bellum,"
> > "Les Payne," and "Jean Poole" (it's a medical application) and most
> > people liked it. But there is an objection that if it could possibly
> > be a name of someone anywhere that it can't be used.
> >
> > Someone pointed out that if Beyonce can name her daughter "Blue Ivy"
> > that nothing can be ruled out for a name. But some are still fearful
> > of consequences.
> >
> > I feel the users will be distracted by these names.
> >
> > Any advice on how to argue successfully in case of a better set of
> > names would be much appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > Cin
> > aka "Glass, Empty Water"
> >
> > P.S. Back on the list after a few years off in the non-profit sector.
> > Nice to be back.
> >
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References:
Help with fake names issue: From: Cindy Daoust
RE: Help with fake names issue: From: Kat Kuvinka

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