I agree this usage of “roll out” is potentially confusing. I think people say “roll out” for the symmetry to “check in”. It also creates the convenient term “roll back in” for when a rollout is undone.
Personally, I think we should say “revert” and avoid use of roll-phrases entirely. “unrevert” isn’t quite as natural as “roll back in”, but it’s good enough. Or you could say “re-land”. Regards, Maciej > On Mar 6, 2020, at 6:14 PM, Kirsling, Ross <ross.kirsl...@sony.com> wrote: > > Greetings WebKittens, > > Late on Friday seems like a good time for a terminological debate (😂), so I’d > like to propose we revisit one of the strangest items of WebKit-specific > terminology: the phrase ‘roll out’. > > In our industry, the typical meaning of the phrase ‘roll out’ is, of course, > ‘deploy’ or ‘launch’; this corresponds with the colloquial usage of ‘roll > out’ to mean ‘depart (for a destination)’. In WebKit, we use ‘roll out’ to > mean the exact opposite, ‘revert’ or ‘roll back’. > > In terms of metaphors: The typical meaning of ‘roll out’ is synonymous with > ‘roll forward’, hence the opposite being ‘roll back’. The way that I came to > explain to myself and others what WebKit means by ‘roll out’ is that it’s > movement along the other axis. There is a tree (SVN trunk) which is built up > from disc-shaped slices (revisions), and these slices are rolled sideways in > and out of the tree. Needless to say, this is not obvious to a newcomer, and > it’s not even accurate to how SVN works—rollouts don’t remove an old > revision, they add a new revision to perform the revert! > > This term is confusing enough for native English speakers outside our > community, let alone non-natives (since phrasal verbs are notoriously tricky > as it is). Having heard complaints about this from people in both of these > groups within the last few weeks, I hereby propose that we start using ‘roll > back’ instead. Given the string similarity between the two, I hope that this > will be a relatively easy change to enact, if folks are onboard with it. > > Thanks for your consideration! > > Ross > _______________________________________________ > webkit-dev mailing list > firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> > https://lists.webkit.org/mailman/listinfo/webkit-dev > <https://lists.webkit.org/mailman/listinfo/webkit-dev>
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