Misc: Technology industry new terminology initiative


Summary:
I've been working in technology for about 20+ years now, so it'll be difficult for me to break old habits w/ terminology, but I'm posting this here in the hopes that I can continue to adjust to new dynamics.

Nothing really technical here, but if you happen to commit/modify code anywhere, here is a good starting point to adjust the terms you use in your code.  Also, a reference point to adjust your spoken vernacular to be inclusive to all those around you.

Information shared from the VMware vExpert program.

Words

Recommended Alternate

Other Situational Alternates if Recommended Alternate does not work

abort

stop

·         cancel

·         halt prematurely

·         end prematurely

·         stop prematurely

blacklist

·         denylist (n)

·         block (v)

deny (v)

blackout

·         restrict (v)

·         restriction (n)

outage (n)

kill

stop

halt

master

primary

·         main

·         original

·         control plane / control plane node in Kubernetes context

rule of thumb

rule

guideline

segregate/segregation

·         separate

·         separation

slave

secondary

replica

whitelist

·         allowlist (n)

·         allow (v)

·         safelist (n)

·         acceptlist (n)

Other Terminology Recommendations

Terminology changes/guidelines going forward (no legacy changes)

No change needed

Words

Alternates

Words

black hat

unethical

·         bind/binding

·         black box

·         black hole

·         black screen

·         invalid (adj)

·         masterful

·         mastermind (n, v)

·         masterpiece

·         master plan

·         masterstroke

·         simple

·         white board

female

·         jack (n)

·         socket (n)

he ***

they

eviction

alternate usage depends on the situation

execute

run

ghetto

TBD

kill switch

TBD

male

plug

she ***

they

suffer **

alternate usage depends on what's being described; alternates can include:

·         decrease, lessen, shrink

·         increase, grow

taint

TBD

white hat *

ethical


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