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Blackbox Trivia

This page holds amusing or interesting facts about Blackbox and its history, things that don't normally make it inside the documentation-oriented pages of this site. Please feel free to add any such things, but also add a link to proof of some kind whenever possible.

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The name of the slit surfaced during a long discussion on the user mailing list, in February 1999. It started after BradleyHughes announced* he had working WindowMaker dockapp support. He also said* that he was thinking of naming the dockapp bar "the slit", which prompted a wave of counter-proposals. They included pier, jetty, mooring, barge, block, port, BBDB (Blackbox Dock Block), BlackPort, status bar, quay, BlackQuay and assorted water-themed alternatives, with "quay" being favored by several people. However, no consensus was reached and Bradley kept calling it slit. Even though it sounded "nasty" to some at first, pretty soon its functionality prevailed and people got used to the name.

In 2002, a rather casual message* from Joseph Applegate prompted a new debate over possibly, perhaps... renaming the slit. Among the reasons invoked were it being non-intuitive for non-native English speakers, being a tad obscene(!) (again) and probably a subconscious dislike to the name. People revised the original proposal list from 1999 and added dock, box, pocket, cloak, docking bay and hole, with dock seeming the favorite. Again, due to lack of consensus, the discussion never led anywhere and the idea died down eventually.


The name "Blackbox" was chosen because of the first screenshot I (BradleyHughes) ever took. For the longest time, I thought I had lost that image in a hard drive crash long ago. But I found it the other day! Take a look!* I'm sure you'll agree, the name fits quite well. :)


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