Rename to Path Copy

Feb 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I suggest this program is renamed to Path Copy.

The name Path Copy is not protected, there's no reason to name it Path Copy Copy.

Ninotech Software that created Path Copy is gone so this program is the new Path Copy.

The fact that there exist a program called Path Copy at download.com doesn't preclude using this name.

Thanks!

Coordinator
Feb 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

That's an idea, but not one I'm keen to go into now. Renaming the app means a lot of little technical steps, which seems overkill just to make a "Copy" disappear. Plus, renaming the project would mean that people who know about it could lose track of it. As bad a pun as the current name is, I think I'd rather stick with it. :-)

Feb 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I agree with John, but for more logical reasons.

As a technical writer, I point out that "Path Copy Copy" implies that the app doesn't copy a path, but that it copies something else that copies a path. Indeed, that's what occurred to me when I saw its name and thought, "Why would anyone write something so geeky?" It's like creating a browser and calling it Browser Browser. What would that be? A special browser you use to browse the sites of other browsers? The name trivializes your app by reducing it, in users's minds, to a mere shadow of its actual usefulness.

Calling your app "Path Copy Copy" is like using "literally" when you mean "figuratively". Or putting quote marks around something to emphasize it—which actually casts doubt on whether the thing is what it is, or is just an impish reference to it. (Well, okay, it's not exactly like either of those, but I thought it'd be fun to work in two examples with such similar outcomes. In any case, can you believe how clueless people are that they're negating their messages when they do that?)

What's more, the redundant "Copy" is hard to parse. How many people see "Path Copy Copy", fail to register the second "Copy" (especially when it's split to a new line) and subsequently refer to an unfindable app called "Path Copy"? Even those of us who do twig the extra word feel uncomfortable; it's like trying to watch a 3D movie without the special glasses.

Perhaps my greatest objection to "Path Copy Copy" is that it's overly cute. It makes you think of some imaginary app in a Japanese cartoon. You see it surrounded by polka dots, little hearts, baby animals with enormous heads and tiny bodies... Before you know it, 12-year-old girls are gathering on your front lawn, clutching little plastic purses and pointing and cooing whenever you appear. Yikes! Believe me, dude, you don't want that, even in Quebec.

Finally—as I discovered just now before posting this message—using a doubled word in your app's name makes spellcheckers flag it as an error. This means that whenever anyone writes anything about your app, then spellchecks it, they must waste time repeatedly dismissing the false "repeated word" error, as you can't add something like that to your Ignore list. And your app's name causes people to lose more time than they could save by using the app.

Yes, we realize that changing Path Copy Copy's (giggle—sorry) name would require some effort on your part. But considering what useful, polished software you've created here, surely you're not adverse to a bit of extra attention to ensure your work gets the serious consideration it deserves.

So clechasseur, don't let us down on this, okay? We—especially those of us marooned in the suburbs where we find it impossible to do anything meaningful with our creative talents, where we're considered harmless eccentrics who, unlike everyone around them, are bafflingly unwilling to drift into oblivion without leaving a single noteworthy trace of their brief, pathetic, underutilized lives—will be waiting and watching, rooting for this swell app whose unfortunate name has till now made it so widely misunderstood and disregarded; this thoughtfully, generously produced utility whose future teeters on its developer's hesitance to do what he knows is right, despite his half-hearted protests to the contrary.

Cheers, A.

Feb 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM

BTW, halfhearted is one word. Sorry about that. With all the words being combined these days, I have a surplus of hyphens and occasionally one of them escapes.

Coordinator
Feb 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

How vibrant. A bit too much, perhaps, but still vibrant ;-)

However stubborn I can be, I still checked a few things in-between my two posts and discovered something nice: if I change the project name (and thus the project's URL), CodePlex will create a redirection from the old URL to the new one. This is pretty nice as it negates my objection about people not being able to find the project anymore. Considering this, I might just go ahead with the renaming. It might take some time as it means renaming quite a few things (as well as perform runtime renaming of stuff when a new version is installed over the old product), but I'll get there.

Coordinator
Feb 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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Feb 26, 2012 at 3:30 AM

By the way, I think it's great how we can seriously discuss this app, and the impact its naming decisions have on it, despite our different cultures. This is truly an example of the equalizing effect of the Internet, and proof that the Net can be used for more than porn, at least occasionally.