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Naming current & future badging levels


David A. Wheeler
 

Here’s where I *think* we are going in terms of naming levels.

First, the small badge (to show on GitHub, etc.) will show "cii best practices" - all lower case. Dan made the interesting observation that all-lower-case seems to be an informal standard, so let's follow that informal standard. Even Coverity, which is a proper name, shows up in all lower case.

Next, we need names for passing and not passing the criteria. We could have "pass/fail" or "passed/failed" or "passing/failing". Dan makes the nice observation that "passing/failing" emphasizes that it's the current state and could change in the future ... which is the right sense. So I intend for us to use "passing" and "failing".

In the future we hope to eventually grow to other higher levels of badges. On discussion I think we're planning to have a naming scheme similar to LEED <http://www.usgbc.org/certification>;. In LEED the ranks are certified, silver, gold, platinum. We would (if we grow) have passing, silver, gold, platinum. In short, the future (not yet defined) ranks would be named silver, gold, and platinum. I think this gives the right sense of things; "passing" is still a *good* thing, and silver/gold/platinum imply "even better". Calling something "bronze" - especially when that's the ONLY level available - seems to not send the right message. The Linux Foundation itself uses a LEED-like naming scheme for ranking members <http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/members>;, which makes it at least self-consistent. We don't plan to do this now... we just need to ensure that we have a way to grow there.

Things can change, but it's important to have an easy-to-understand system for those not deeply into this, and I think this does it. Let me know if there are serious objections.

--- David A. Wheeler


Dan Kohn <dankohn@...>
 

That's a good summary. My only edit is that when we trifurcate our badges, we may decide to make all passing automatically become silver. However, there's no need to decide now.

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Dan Kohn <mailto:dankohn@...>
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On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 4:56 PM, Wheeler, David A <dwheeler@...> wrote:
Here’s where I *think* we are going in terms of naming levels.

First, the small badge (to show on GitHub, etc.) will show "cii best practices" - all lower case.  Dan made the interesting observation that all-lower-case seems to be an informal standard, so let's follow that informal standard.  Even Coverity, which is a proper name, shows up in all lower case.

Next, we need names for passing and not passing the criteria.   We could have "pass/fail" or "passed/failed" or "passing/failing".  Dan makes the nice observation that "passing/failing" emphasizes that it's the current state and could change in the future ... which is the right sense.  So I intend for us to use "passing" and "failing".

In the future we hope to eventually grow to other higher levels of badges.  On discussion I think we're planning to have a naming scheme similar to LEED <http://www.usgbc.org/certification>.   In LEED the ranks are certified, silver, gold, platinum.  We would (if we grow) have passing, silver, gold, platinum.  In short, the future (not yet defined) ranks would be named silver, gold, and platinum.   I think this gives the right sense of things; "passing" is still a *good* thing, and silver/gold/platinum imply "even better".  Calling something "bronze" - especially when that's the ONLY level available - seems to not send the right message.  The Linux Foundation itself uses a LEED-like naming scheme for ranking members <http://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/members>, which makes it at least self-consistent.  We don't plan to do this now... we just need to ensure that we have a way to grow there.

Things can change, but it's important to have an easy-to-understand system for those not deeply into this, and I think this does it.  Let me know if there are serious objections.

--- David A. Wheeler

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