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From "Joan Touzet (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-2248) Replace "master" and "slave" terminology
Date Tue, 27 May 2014 14:54:03 GMT


Joan Touzet commented on COUCHDB-2248:

I have Native American heritage and was born in the USA, does that mean I qualify as an American
POC? First Nations people certainly were enslaved and the subjects of a concerted genocide
effort. Was the comment made by a POC specifically about CouchDB's documentation?

We really never talk about "slave" in our docs. No one has yet suggested a suitable replacement
for multi-master replication. Rather than continuing to fight over intent and hurt feelings,
I suggest we table this discussion until there is some replacement worth discussing. I also
recommend that such change appear in a diff or commit somewhere, rather than as a stump speech
here in CouchDB.

> 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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