On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 04:23:43PM +0200, Philippe Vaucher wrote:
> I agree, but I think it's better than "index" tho. That one is heavily
> overloaded and easily confused with other meaning in other softwares.

There is a big difference between being used in a difference sense
than other software --- there is a one-time learning curve after which
point people can generally understand that a term in a given context
has a single meaning --- and when we have two very easily confused
terms (i.e., "stage versus staged") or a single identical term,
overloaded within a single context.  So I'm much more worried about
the git documentation using the same term or two closely related terms
in an overloaded fashion, much more than I am with "index" meaning one
thing for databases, and another thing for book publishers, and yet
another for compilers.

> Yes, of course there should be a list of both positive and negative
> tradeoffs. But I think the "overloaded" argument can be easily solved
> by renaming one of the overloads.

And renaming one of a term also has costs, especially if it is one
that is in use in large amounts of documentation, both in the git man
pages, and in web pages across the web.

And my plea for data extends even here.  For example, things like


> Unfortunately yes, I see many people being silly in order to win
> arguments, both in the pro-changes and against-changes side of the
> discussion. I'd be much simpler to simply gather arguments on some
> wiki and eventually do a vote when the list is complete about the
> proposed change.

Voting is not a good way to do software development.  That way lies
people wanting to whip up clueless folks using rhetoric (exhibit one:
Fox News) to "vote" and so it's not necessarily the best way to make
thoughtful decisions.  Using hard data, including possibly formal UX
experiments, is a much better way to make such decisions.


                                                - Ted

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