Redoing this poll due to a suggestion by @kilroy_was_here ...

What name do you like best for a non-profit community for Ham Radio? Think Apache incubator but for Ham plus other open-source services and resources for the community.

FYI I have both the dot com and dot org as well as the hyphenated and non hyphenated versions of the below. Please mention which variant you prefer in comments.

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@freemo @kilroy_was_here In most non-english languages there is no "ham", and therefore no bacon either to be associated with our hobby.

In german, we call us "Funkamateur" (Funk = sparc, comes from the original spark transmitters). It's basically like the english radio, just that the german. "Radio" normally means an FM or DAB+ radio. It's purely a receiver.

And "Amateur" stems from greek (or latin, unsure), it means "lover of".

No pigs to be seen here :-)

Even more bad: for weird reasons the term "bacon" has a bad connotation is muslim countries. They think that a pig is something bad, not to be eaten. I would therefore never name a supposedly international organization with "beacon" in its name. With "ham" I could at least argue that this is just the english word and doesn't have anything to do with pig meat.


Yea thats a good point actually... I'm leaning towards FLEAR s the organization name.. the other two domains might make sense as projects underneath it.


Free and Libre implies a rejection of the Apache and MIT/BSD licenses.

Why start there?

@freemo @kilroy_was_here


Huh, what do you mean? Apach, MIT, and BSD are all examples of FLOSS licenses


that is a common but incorrect misconception, that has even been pushed by OSS organizations. Apache, MIT, BSD all typically refer to copyright licenses that respect the essential freedoms for users to control their computing
@freemo @kilroy_was_here I would've dropped the "amateur" part from "Free & Libre Engineers for Amateur Radio".

EFLR - Engineers for Free & Libre Radio

@diresock @kilroy_was_here

Any particular reason? Do you think a non pronouncable acronym works better?

@freemo @kilroy_was_here Makes it sound a bit more professional IMO, but mostly dropping the "amateur" part, since that is inherently limiting, and sets the organization up to not being taken seriously, "literal amateurs so who cares?" is what I would think.

There's nothing "amateur" about people with great technical skill working on a passion project, I've seen some very impressive things in my own field built by hobbyists.
That's my take.

@diresock @freemo

Uhhhhhhhhh, don't know how to tell you this except by posting the Wikipedia article.

That is the specific thing that this thing would be focused on.

@kilroy_was_here @freemo Uhhhhhhhhh, don't know how to tell you this, calling something "amateur" does not instill confidence.

You can use the term "Ham Radio" instead.

Source: literally the first line in the link you provided.
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