Stealing a name

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Stealing a name

Postby bobthebob1234 » Wed May 30, 2012 5:00 pm

So I am currently working on a project to administer email addresses, forwardings, domains, etc with Postfix, Dovecot and MySQL & PHP.

Now I am thinking that once finished I could release it as open source or at least provide a free download as others might find it useful and there doesn't seem to be anything like it at the moment

Now I was thinking about calling it (highly originally) phpMailAdmin, however there is already a project called that, but that hasn't seen movement since at least 2003, and any downloads I can find are broken. Is it acceptable/a good idea to steal this name for my project, or is it a better idea to call it something else?

Any ideas?

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Postby Paradigm Shifter » Wed May 30, 2012 6:05 pm

I'd call it something else.

Aside from potential legal issues (should such arise) you'll avoid confusion on the part of the end-user. :)
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Postby Dutch_Master » Thu May 31, 2012 12:02 am

+1 on a different name. Or, if you want, contact the dev's of this app and ask them what they want: if they have no further interest in continuing their original app, you may be allowed to take over instead. Still leaves end-users in confusion though ;) (but you could solve that with an explanation on the project's webpage!)

OTOH, your question may spark a renewed interest from the dev's and you could contribute your code to the project... :idea:
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Re: Stealing a name

Postby AndyBaxman » Thu May 31, 2012 10:42 am

bobthebob1234 wrote:Now I was thinking about calling it (highly originally) phpMailAdmin, however there is already a project called that, but that hasn't seen movement since at least 2003, and any downloads I can find are broken. Is it acceptable/a good idea to steal this name for my project, or is it a better idea to call it something else?

Any ideas?

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Postby guy » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:02 pm

Have you thought of joining or taking over the original project and breathing new life into it? Might get you some instant publicity and possibly even save you a pile of work.

Stealing will likely earn you enemies - no publicity is bad publicity, but how robust are your cyber defence skills?
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Postby sledgehammer » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:06 am

Does the name have to be descriptive? I mean Firefox, Roundcube and Apache hardly describe their purpose.

Why not name yours after the author 'bobthebob' which can be shortened to a nice short command 'btb'

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