[Linux-aus] Should we change? Yes. To change is to grow.
bianca.rachel.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 19:25:32 EST 2012
I think we've gone a little off topic...
On 30 April 2012 17:06, James Polley <jamezpolley at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM, Chris Neugebauer <chrisjrn at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:19, Russell Stuart
>> <russell-linuxaus at stuart.id.au> wrote:
>> > My own preference is an organisation's name tells you what it does (you
>> > can probably guess of what I think of MBF changing their name to Bupa),
>> > LA's name hasn't (ever?) reflected what it does, so a change wasn't a
>> > bad thing. However, I also thought no one outside of LA's membership
>> > had dealings with it, so as a practical matter the name was not that
>> > important. It's a bit like the AFL I guess. I don't follow the game,
>> > but I do know who our local team is. It is sort of unavoidable as the
>> > local team are a very active part of the community - sponsoring school
>> > coaches, sports ground equipment with their name emblazoned on it and of
>> > course is on every TV, radio and newspaper on a weekly basis. This is
>> > probably a consequence of the AFL peak body doing their job well in
>> > ensuring the local team has the knowledge and organisational skills
>> > needed to get their name out there and well known - but the odd thing
>> > is I don't have a clue what the AFL peak body is called.
>> Hilariously, you *do* actually know what it's called. It's "AFL". In
>> this case, the AFL has done a fantastic job of making themselves
>> completely indistinguishable from the sport they represent (Australian
>> Rules Football) to the casual observer.
> https://connectonline.asic.gov.au/RegistrySearch/faces/landing/SearchRegisters.jspx?_adf.ctrl-state=1c8klnhmqp_4 has
> the company's details (including details of the former name, Victorian
> Football League)
>> This is one example of a brand that changed its name -- from the
>> *Victorian* Football League to the *Australian* Football League --
>> which represented its changing focus throughout the 1980s. The result
>> was that more teams from outside Victoria became interested in
>> participating in their organisation.
>> That's the sort of recognition our organisation should have when it
>> comes to Free and Open Source software issues. It's a great example
>> of a name change being used to capture mind share beyond its original
>> --Christopher Neugebauer
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