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Post Posted December 12th, 2002, 5:26 pm

willll wrote:the phoenix -> phnix -> sphinx argument is certainly not why i voted for the name sphinx.


Oh, OK... I thought everyone was in on this weird anagrammatical thing. :P
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Post Posted December 12th, 2002, 6:49 pm

My first comment on the voting so far, over in the other thread: wow, but are there ever a lot of folk on this list with terrible reading comprehension skills. The instructions were dead simple, but a good 10% of respondants still screwed them up.

As for my choices, I seem a lone voice on all but 'quicksilver', but I'll still pony up my reasons:

<b>antidote</b>

Because that's how I view Phoenix: as an antidote to all the bloated browsers out there.

<b>quicksilver</b>

It has the word 'quick' in it, which is nice but also, quicksilver is another name for elemental mercury, and Mercury was the name of the Roman god of speed. I also like 'Hermes' for that same reason (the Greek god of speed), but this way we also get 'quick' into the name.

<b>svelte</b>

Because that's the main thing that I like about Phoenix: it's svelte. Small and lean, at least compared to other browsers.

<b>finesse</b>

Phoenix is like Mozilla, but done with finesse.

<b>puffin</b>

Admittedly my reasons for this one were less than compelling. The name has a good sound to it, and it would make for a fairly cool logo. Besides, puffins are cute. This one was a toss-up with SCAMP, though, so I'll not be unhappy if the latter makes it.

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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 1:58 am

I came out of lurking on this board and registered just to place my votes and BEG the developers not to choose Firebird even if it were to win. Fine, so it's pretty much a synonym for Phoenix, but it also sounds like a "dumbed down" form of Phoenix. It also doesn't really roll off the tongue very well.

If everyone really wants to keep the connotations to "fire" in the name, then I would suggest Firefly. That one definitely rolls of the tongue better when said aloud. And it brings to mind the image of something small and speedy, (two qualities which the majority of us enjoy about this browser). I would say this is my favorite name so far.

I also voted for Condor simply because I liked how it sounded, but upon further thought, I don't knew if we want the browser named after a huge bird that's nearly extinct.

Newt is another nice one. It's short, yet unique. Also, it is reminiscent of the browser's lizardly heritage.

Scamp (Standards-Compliant and Multi-Platform) is quite a clever and fitting acronym.

I voted for Sphinx mostly because it was Firebird's main competitor at the time and I have already made my view on that name clear.


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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 7:28 pm

Someone voted for Oceanus. I don't know if I could back a browser that ends in "anus". It would certainly end up the butt of many jokes. (See, they're starting already!)
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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 8:19 pm

From reviewing the name topics there seems to be some sentiment <b>against</b> certain names as well as <b>for</b> certain names. Would it be as well to have a top 5 least liked list as well as the list of favourites? Or am I over complicating matters? :wink:

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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 8:43 pm

lol i think it's been complicated for a long long time already. ;)

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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 9:00 pm

redmyrlin wrote:From reviewing the name topics there seems to be some sentiment <b>against</b> certain names as well as <b>for</b> certain names. Would it be as well to have a top 5 least liked list as well as the list of favourites? Or am I over complicating matters? :wink:


First, let me list my qualifications: I have good taste.
Now, I suggest that <b>Firebird</b> is a loser name. It sounds juvenile, it's tacky.

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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 9:23 pm

Sphinx 19
Firebird 17
Fox 10
Phox 9
Discovery 8
Ion 8
Athena 7
Px 7
Dragonfly 7
MOEBIUS 7
Oceano 6
SCAMP 6
hermes 5
Zephyr 5
flare/flair 5
Argo 5
Firefly 5
Photon 5
Fenix 5
Quicksilver 4
Equinox 4
Phusion 4
Echo 4

Didnt vote for sphinx but the more I repeat it .. I actually like it more ...am gonna edit my votes to add it in.

Some of the choices are just plain sorry ones. People need to understand that to make a browser universally acceptable the name does matter to some extent, atleast to the extent that you can discuss about it with everyone without feeling uneasy.


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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 10:04 pm

chrookee wrote:Some of the choices are just plain sorry ones. People need to understand that to make a browser universally acceptable the name does matter to some extent, atleast to the extent that you can discuss about it with everyone without feeling uneasy.


Does that mean Firebird, Fox and Px are out? Oh, and Sex ;)

On another note, Fenix also makes little sense. "I don't use IE, I use Fenix." "How do you spell it?" "F-e-n-i-x." "Whoever programmed that couldn't spell." "Er... it's a long story..."
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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 10:10 pm

@ash: the developers want no names that sound like phoenix, so you don't have to worry that fenix will be picked.

about "sex"... lol. yeah, you can't forget that one. i really do like that as a name, but i don't think everyone would really go for it, unfortunately. ;) and unlike most people, i only posted sensible names that might actually get picked! i still like it though. :-P ya can't stop me, either! hehe.


also, i have a funny thing to bring up. :)

Kommet wrote:[...] And for Flii's sake [...]

i'm so popular that i've invaded the english language! i'm more popular than pete! :o

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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 10:19 pm

Ashitaka wrote:Does that mean Firebird, Fox and Px are out? Oh, and Sex ;)

On another note, Fenix also makes little sense. "I don't use IE, I use Fenix." "How do you spell it?" "F-e-n-i-x." "Whoever programmed that couldn't spell." "Er... it's a long story..."


wouldnt say that Firebird is out ....

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Post Posted December 13th, 2002, 11:33 pm

chrookee wrote:...Didnt vote for sphinx but the more I repeat it .. I actually like it more ...am gonna edit my votes to add it in...
No, Sphinx would be on my list of least liked names. I think the 'nx' ending sounds awful and it just makes me think of the word 'sphincter' :?

The one that's really growing on me is Dragonfly - light, small and agile, which is perfect for the browser formerly known as Phoenix! :D

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Post Posted December 14th, 2002, 12:29 am

After a certain amount of time, let's take the top 10 and create a poll and let people vote.

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Post Posted December 14th, 2002, 12:31 am

no polls allowed. :( people got so annoying with the name polls that the mods disabled them.

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Post Posted December 14th, 2002, 8:10 am

Flii wrote:no polls allowed. :( people got so annoying with the name polls that the mods disabled them.


I don't understand that, really. We're into diversity, and some random user's poll puts no obligation on anyone. <sigh></sigh>

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