Weboob, the Asshole Detector

We often get complaints around Weboob‘s name, and the various application names.

There’s no denying they’re childish. What they are not, however, is sexist.

There is “boob” in the main name, and “boob” is a friendly name referring to (mostly female) breasts. We would, for example, avoid using “tits” or “cunt”, because they are often demeaning1. Though it is a happy accident (our earlier ideas like “woob” and “webob” were taken), we certainly like playing with that.

The idea is the same with application names; it’s all about friendly jokes (like wetboobs the weather tool, which manages to be related to weather and boobs).

If you’re offended, just ask yourself “how is it sexist?”.

As it appears, Weboob is a formidable tool to detect people that are part of the “be offended first, think later” crowd. Interestingly, the crusaders2 are to date all male, and often assert that women can’t like jokes about breasts or sex in general3. How fucked up is that?

They will always make a scene4 on how they’re never going to use Weboob because of names. Guys, here’s the thing: we don’t need you and we certainly don’t want you. I for one am glad we created an Asshole Detector, albeit by accident.

  1. We however are mostly not native English speakers. Mistakes can happen. []
  2. This is not an euphemism. They act like they are fighting for a good cause, but it’s only pretend. []
  3. And who the hell are they to talk in place of others? That is actual sexism. []
  4. So that it is abundantly clear, this is purely about making a scene; I do not care about their opinions or how many penises they may have. All our contributors do not and do not have to like the branding. []
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14 Comments

  1. Posted 2014-03-21 at 0954 | Permalink
    Firefox 17.0 Firefox 17.0 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Did you know? Even “bro” is offensive now: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7121268
  2. Jack
    Posted 2018-12-14 at 1645 | Permalink
    Firefox 52.0 Firefox 52.0 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    It may not be sexist, but it’s childish and embarrassing. It makes it seem that nobody on your team is older than 13.

    And accusing your critics of being ‘assholes’ is pretty poor form. If I was hiring staff, I’d steer clear of any of you lot.

  3. nephitejnf
    Posted 2018-12-20 at 1644 | Permalink
    Vivaldi 2.2.1388.34 Vivaldi 2.2.1388.34 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Jack, also keep in mind that the vast majority of programmers are kinda childish with names of libraries and such. A lot of people don’t know the names of the underlying tech on the web either and some of that can be rather childish in name. Microsoft has much more crude language in their code that they clean out before letting the Government go through it… I think it would be more productive to go after the larger problems then go after the smaller problems.
  4. S. Mannequin
    Posted 2018-12-20 at 1834 | Permalink
    Google Chrome 65.0.3325.109 Google Chrome 65.0.3325.109 Android 5.0.1 Android 5.0.1
    What about the names of common utilities like touch, unzip, finger, mount, and fsck? And didn’t Debian have a released distro called woody? OMG! OMG!
  5. Tim
    Posted 2018-12-20 at 2131 | Permalink
    Chromium 72.0.3626.17 Chromium 72.0.3626.17 Ubuntu x64 Ubuntu x64
    Developers are allowed to name as they wish, and no one has taken this right away from these devs. But Debian developers are also allowed to choose what packages they include in their distribution. I don’t know why people are upset: two communities have a disagreement, and they have resolved it according to their rights and processes.
    Community standards change over time. Open source developers usually like to keep users happy so perhaps the devs will think about this and make a few small changes to some package names. They joke about computer science is that there are only two hard problems: invalidating cache, and naming things. Usually the joke is to show how hard cache management is, this is a rare example of the other problem.
  6. Big booby guy
    Posted 2018-12-21 at 0314 | Permalink
    Pale Moon 28.2.2 Pale Moon 28.2.2 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    absolute disgrace you named it that
  7. Posted 2018-12-21 at 0605 | Permalink
    Firefox 64.0 Firefox 64.0 Windows 10 x64 Edition Windows 10 x64 Edition
    Screw Debian and the infestation of SJWism that has come upon it.

    If you’re going that direction, get rid of “SystemDick” aka ‘systemd’ right the fuck now. Get rid of it and keep it the fuck off my system along with the rest of PedoPoettering’s bullshit. We don’t want the D and it needs to go the fuck away.

    Stick to your guns or shut the fuck up, Debian community. You already proved you are full of shit and can’t code for jack shit when you made Pulseaudio a default. Prove your brains are just as broken as your moral standards.

  8. Posted 2018-12-21 at 0608 | Permalink
    Firefox 64.0 Firefox 64.0 Windows 10 x64 Edition Windows 10 x64 Edition
    “But Debian developers are also allowed to choose what packages they include in their distribution”

    Hey, Tim, moron – the point of Linux is CHOICE. Debian assholes are removing said choice and have been since SystemD. Fuck them, and fuck you in every way for supporting their bullshit false flag claims.

    Asshole CLEARLY detected.

  9. Posted 2018-12-21 at 0938 | Permalink
    Google Chrome 71.0.3578.80 Google Chrome 71.0.3578.80 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    I’m not one to close comments but keep in mind this is a post from 2013, is not about systemd or Debian, and that mentalities have changed for the worse since then; moving on from “be offended first” to “how can I pretend to be offended today and how can it benefit me?”.

    I wouldn’t write this today, because it’s so pointless.

  10. GregG
    Posted 2018-12-21 at 2258 | Permalink
    Firefox 63.0 Firefox 63.0 Ubuntu x64 Ubuntu x64
    Just here to show support for the project and can completely see your point of view. You have an acronym and went with it, just like many others do. The problem with the internet is that every idiot can voice their opinion now, and the biggest idiots are the loudest. I am glad you have created an application that allows me to pull what I need from the web without having do deal with the whining and offended idiots like I would using a traditional browser. Don’t cave to the few that are the loudest, keep the name and stand your ground. Nothing wrong with a boob, unless your a sensitive fool that has to over sexualize everything. Keep up the good work!
  11. Raool
    Posted 2018-12-22 at 1123 | Permalink
    Firefox 64.0 Firefox 64.0 Ubuntu x64 Ubuntu x64
    Thank you.
  12. Posted 2019-06-14 at 0513 | Permalink
    Firefox 67.0 Firefox 67.0 Ubuntu x64 Ubuntu x64
    I am personally glad for this asshole-detector. I already knew Chris was an asshole but we can see this Ian person who reported Weboob is the premier assmunch. As a member of this community for 20 years (and female dev) I am appalled at this C0C pullshit. I’ve used programs like clit and thought it was hilarious. People would ask me about the program I used, I was like, Oh, yea. Clit. They go: See Lit… I’m like – no CLIT. LMAO. We were and still can be a great community if these assmunch SJw and C0C police like Molly De Blanc, Chris Lamb, Deb Nicholson, and the M key just left us alone. Assholes!
  13. Posted 2019-06-14 at 0516 | Permalink
    Firefox 67.0 Firefox 67.0 Ubuntu x64 Ubuntu x64
    Here is that Debian “bug” link for when they were discussing forking the project under a new name. The Debian team is out of control. They were rude to jwz regarding xscreensaver too. Who knows who else they are treating badly because of a name or a request to update the package. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=907199#47
  14. Posted 2019-06-14 at 0931 | Permalink
    Google Chrome 68.0.3440.75 Google Chrome 68.0.3440.75 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Clit/ConvertLIT is actually on my list of software to watch (I’m kinda afraid to publish it because they might get the ire of activists). I think that because it’s generally not user-facing and more of a dependency, so it makes it a bad target.

    When I see “Worked with several community members to help them proactively be more inclusive in their communications” I think Debian has completely given up to petty bureaucrats, the exclusion of Weboob seems like a small problem in comparison.

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