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From cinnebar <>
Subject Re: Initial couchdb accounts feedback
Date Sun, 10 Jan 2010 23:42:53 GMT
I think its a worthwhile discussion to have but not sure if its entirely
relevent to this thread?

breifly: limiting a set of keys to three letters, where other keys are not
makes keys from the set instantly uniquely disinguishable.  common practice
would be user or users so in the context usr is a unique identifier.
whereas in "_users" the visual variation is a _ which is harder to
distinguish in a list of names from user or users or other names using
regular english terms for things you would want to keep in a db, _imhos.

(also i would hope that the question is more an effort to establish best
practice rather than lazy antagonism)


On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 6:38 AM, Noah Slater <> wrote:

> On 10 Jan 2010, at 19:19, cinnebar wrote:
> > i was talking about a set that is uniquely distinguishable, even from the
> > set using underscores
> What makes "usr" uniquely distinguishable in a way that "_users" is not?
> To quote Sam Ruby, and applying it to URLs (which are opaque buckets of 1s
> and 0s), it's just data!

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