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Elaine -HFB- Ashton
July 23, 2000 14:23
Re: rename 'working group', 'something better' ;
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brian d foy [] quoth:
*>there is a problem with analgies, though - people draw conclusions from
*>them.  for instance, "to cloister" means to exclude the world (or seclude
*>oneself). this is definately not how Perl 6 should be perceived if we
*>truly want a larger community to feel welcome. 

Well, 'cloy' is essentially an excess of something normally pleasant used
like 'This triple chocolate brownie is cloyingly sweet'. So a 'cloyster'
could be a surfeit of Perl people. A cloister is also an architectural

Most likely it was meant in the monastic sense of self-sacrifice and
introspection for the good of the whole or The One. This sense is fairly
accurate as the people who either volunteer or are appointed to these
groups will need to work well together for a very well defined goal. They
will need to be able to make hard choices and sacrifices for the good of
the whole rather than the few or the one. So, to depart from ones own
personal agenda to focus on a higher one is, in one sense, an act of

I do believe it may be a bit premature to consider whether or not working
groups will be inviting to a larger whole until there is something to form
a working group discuss.  

I'd rather think of working groups as a support and communication
mechanism for the core developers who will give us something to rally
around. Bug fixes to vapourware are still vapourware :)


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