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From "Robert Newson (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-2248) Replace "master" and "slave" terminology
Date Tue, 27 May 2014 11:48:01 GMT


Robert Newson commented on COUCHDB-2248:

I agree with you but I'm not dismissing the sincerely held opinions of others either. I have
already vetoed the notion of banishing the terms "master" and "slave" and I'm not persuaded
to remove it.

The earlier suggestion to use 'replica' instead of slave is misguided. Both the 'master' and
'slave' are replicas (it would not be an error to talk of a "master replica" and a "slave
replica" in my opinion).

It was useful to raise the topic for discussion but I hope it's now clear that there's no
consensus that these terms are as charged as originally claimed. There are many important
battles to fight and much consciousness raising to be advocated for. This seems a very weak
example of either.

If Noah will refine the ticket to cover a proposed documentation change, I'm sure we'll all
be happy to review it on its merits and not dwell so ponderously on the motivation.

> Replace "master" and "slave" terminology
> ----------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-2248
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Bug
>      Security Level: public(Regular issues) 
>          Components: Documentation
>            Reporter: Noah Slater
>            Priority: Trivial
> Inspired by the comments on this PR:
> Summary is: `master` and `slave` are racially charged terms, and it would be good to
avoid them. Django have gone for `primary` and `replica`. But we also have to deal with what
we now call multi-master setups. I propose "peer to peer" as a replacement, or just "peer"
if you're describing one node.
> As far as I can tell, the primary work here is the docs. The wiki and any supporting
material can be updated after.

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