[gmx-developers] FW: Gromacs quotes

Tsjerk Wassenaar tsjerkw at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 08:45:18 CET 2012

I second that. The criterium should be restrictive: if it can be insulting
to some or is of questionable taste, then it shouldn't be in there. I do
like the references to MD from literature, like Shakespeare and this one:

"I will for a night put on the needful restraints." Ivanhoe, Sir Walter



On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 1:57 AM, Justin Lemkul <jalemkul at vt.edu> wrote:

> On 12/14/12 4:27 PM, David van der Spoel wrote:
>> On 2012-12-14 21:55, Shirts, Michael (mrs5pt) wrote:
>>> FYI, from my student.  We also have to turn these off in F at H to avoid
>>> complaints.
>>> Might it be time to retire the quotes? Do we feel it has that much of a
>>> purpose?  I wonder if it's causing more trouble than it's worth . . .
>>>  Maybe replace them with ads for the NRA?
>> Sorry, also bad taste.
>> We had discussion on it previously and the naysayers were less vocal than
>> the
>> proponents at the time.
>> Does it have a purpose? It can put a smile on someone's face.
>> Otherwise,
>> setenv GMX_NO_QUOTES 1
>> Or maybe we can make it a cmake option ;).
> I don't feel particularly strongly either way, but the complaint related
> to some inappropriate content is well taken.  I think there are some quotes
> that probably don't belong.  I'm not easily offended, but maybe we should
> make an effort to eliminate any quotes that can be seen as objectionable,
> as there are a few that may be seen as such due to foul language or other
> reasons.
> Disabling the feature with an environment variable is fine (and
> documented!) but I think, at the very least, we should clean up the
> database, since the onus is on us, the developers, to produce a
> user-friendly product.  I'm a big fan of witty quips, though :)  Maybe the
> database should simply focus on humorous quotes from the developers and
> other influential people?  Just a thought.
> "If I had a dime for every time I posted a link to the wiki..." (J.
> Lemkul)  ;)
> -Justin
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