I see a lot of developers going nuts over the use of ACE by newcomers to the forums. Admittedly, ACE is incorrect now, as the current vernacular is merely a word and not an acronym.
I know where the confusion stems from, however. When the original Ace (the very first one) was in development, Turan was toying with names. His first idea was Addon Creation Environment - ACE. This was actually batted around publically a few times before it finally became Ace.
So while Ace isn't currently an acronym, it did start as one. It isn't that the people who use ACE are incorrect, simply that their information is outdated.
This is just something that's been nagging at me considering how often I've seen people getting chewed out for using ACE instead of Ace.
The issue is that people get picked on over trivialies like caps of something rather than invite them in on discussions of substance.
To me it's about as meaningful as the discussion if it's lua, Lua or LUA. If that's an important topic than I don't know. I'd vote for lUa and aCe just to open some minds a little. ;) :P
So in short not a lot of devs go nuts over this, some of us are kinda sick of the pecking and bickering over trivial stuff like that. It would warrant a friendly correction occasionally, but not the ferver that some produce over it.
But those that do go nuts over this make it just a tad less welcoming for newbies around here... and some like that even ("only the strong survive" paraphrasing one of them), which is a shame.
I didn't mean to imply there aren't good attitudes around here though, but Elsia gets where I'm coming from.
In fact, there are some devs around here who are so friendly in regards to everything that they deserve a bloody standing ovation for it, and I really respect that.
What bothered me the most was the religious way that people were corrected about Ace, it'll likely scare some off. And I don't think that's right considering it was ACE at one time (but not now).
Again, as Elsia said, I too think that a friendly reminder that ACE has evolved into Ace would be better than going after people. Not everyone understands the direction Ace has taken these days (and it is a good direction), but we need not be hard on those who aren't current with the project's ideology.
What's wrong with scaring off people that can't handle that tiny bit of criticism? They're not going to make good addons if they're afraid of people correcting their mistakes, no matter how trivial.
EVERYONE in the community learns from others correcting them, that's the entire point of the community.
Well I'd say if you join a community and the first thing you are faced with are some people going bonkers over trivialities such as caps of ACE, well, yeah there is something wrong. Because the lesson you teach is that some people who don't have a perspective what's important will jump you at the first opportunity rather than support you and help you with things that actually matter.
If you want to teach people, teach them something useful, not that they get barked at for not knowing something. Because the one who should learn something is the one barking and the thing to learn is civility, delivering criticism in a digestible way and maybe even caring to actually teach! ;)
Oddly people I criticize for being too aggressive towards unsuspecting newcomers don't seem to take that criticism well when I raise it. A slight paradox maybe? ;)
Truth be told they don't get scared off, but I'd rather have them go away (especially those that spend most of their time heckling newcomers) and have the more timid but friendlier folks hang around! See, being or acting strong doesn't make one right, it just means there is more resilience to unpleasantries (or maybe just more blinders or the personality of a bully?). That has not that much to do with learning.
So yeah I agree the entire point of this community is learning, but barking <> teaching and strength <> ability to learn but I know that some few will never agree with me on this and continue to jump on newcomers and find nothing wrong with it. And some will continue to cheer them on for it too. Sadly.