This text was discussed on by the board meeting of 7/10/2006, and it was decided that it should serve as a basis for discussion.

Legacy System

Projects were created with a set of three mailing lists, consisting of the project name with an appended suffix:

National/language-area projects are named by the ISO symbol of their nation or language, d.e. "uk", "de", "fr". These could again have sub-projects such as de-jur for "german legal affairs", de-med for "german media work".

Reasons for change

Goal of this change


The language used for all names and abbreviations will be English.

phm opinion: this is fine for many cases, but still not generalisable. E.g. it is probably not adequate to name French-speaking projects with English abbreviations. Also, the best names are often unrelated to any language or, even if they have originated from a language, detached from that language by becoming names. Names are simple symbols that can in general not be parsed according to the syntax of any language. The source language can be of help in memorising the name, but not in interpreting it. It can indeed be preferable to have symbols that fit into a multilingual matrix such as "jur" for "legal matters", used in de-jur-forum, fr-jur-forum, pl-jur-forum, for mailing lists about legal matters of Germany, France and Poland. In such cases, latin root words are more suitable than English ones, because our alphabet was made for Latin and Latin is a well-integrated subsystem of most if not all European languages.


We make these definitions:

All workgroups have a name, title and description. The name is the key to all workgroup resources.

New Workgroups

We define these mandatory resources for all new workgroups:

We define these optional resources for all new workgroups:

Additionally, a workgroup can produce public sites that are named according to external needs.

Old Workgroups

  • Old workgroups can use their existing conventions via aliases.
  • Old workgroups will be migrated over time.
  • Old workgroups will be clearly separated on the list of workgroups to indicate that they do not conform with the standard.

Purge of old mailing lists

As part of the renaming process, all old mailing lists will be either turned into workgroups, using the new conventions, with aliases if really necessary, or will be deleted.


As example I'll take the new workgroup called "Digital Majority".

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