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Re: [school-discuss] What's in a name?
Well, you could go with the ever popular "Person*"
*Person referes to the indivdual or people reading this document
On Thu, 21 Feb 2002, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> I have a naming problem.
> I'm revising Debian Jr. documentation and the web site, and in doing so
> I realize that we don't really have a good name for the people who help
> children with their computers. It struck me that this isn't a problem
> specific to our project, which is why I'm turning to the members of this
> So I brainstormed with Justin Zeigler of OSEF over this problem on irc
> and together we came up with a list of words, some of which I prefer
> better than others, and for some very specific reasons. But without
> biasing your opinion, I'll just give you the background for the problem,
> and the goals I have in mind for a replacement term, and then the list
> of words. I'd like you to review them and tell me which seems like a
> "best fit" and why, or suggest some alternatives.
> I had been using the phrase "children and their sys admins" fairly
> liberally up to this point, and that might be suitable today, with
> Debian Jr. being focussed on the sys admins who install Debian Jr. on
> behalf of children. But I'm afraid the term sys admin is too narrow
> a designation and won't survive as a generic label as we branch out.
> Please refer to http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-jr where I use "sys
> admin" throughout. I think in most instances on this page, it is an
> accurate description of the role, but as my documentation grows beyond
> the systems level to touch the users themselves, the label does not
> fit so well for everyone in the helping role. Beyond the initial
> system install and the occasional upgrade, the "sys admin" may not be
> around often, fading into the background.
> Parents, teachers, teenaged siblings, relatives or friends my all take
> "helper" roles when children use computers. What is a term that best
> describes the primary person or people in the "helping" role? The term
> should not have primarily dominant or authoritarian undertones. It
> should not be specific to one particular kind of relationship (like
> "teacher") and it should be a "comfortable" term both as a
> self-designation for any of these people and as a term used by the
> children themselves. I want some term that embodies support,
> co-discovery, and mutual enjoyment in the relationship.
> Here is our list of "keepers". I will not list the ones we rejected, as
> they are too numerous. I'll deal with my specific objections to those
> if any of you chances to come up with one of them.
> Ben Armstrong
> p.s. I unavoidably designated the role as a "helper" or "helping" role,
> in this post, which is not necessarily an endorsement of that very
> general term as a favourite. I merely chose it since it seemed
> like the broadest term which encompassed all others, perhaps for
> that very reason a bit too broad. (Oops, there I go biasing you :)
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