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What's in a name ("ROS Answers")?

asked 2019-03-04 01:57:12 -0600

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updated 2019-03-04 02:51:12 -0600

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Hi guys, Hope this doesn't come across as a really stupid question, or should I say, hope this doesn't come across as a question that shows my stupidity......

You have me interested in the name "answers.ros". Can you shed some light on where the name came from and whether it means anything in particular?

Thanks in advance.

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You have me interested in the name "answers.ros". Can you shed some light on where the name came from and whether it means anything in particular?

I'm not sure I completely understand the question: are you asking where the answers.ros.org domain name came from?

Or "ROS Answers" itself?

gvdhoorn gravatar imagegvdhoorn ( 2019-03-04 02:07:12 -0600 )edit

"ROS Answers"! Oh, i see. Thank you ^_^

nhungthientai gravatar imagenhungthientai ( 2019-03-04 02:13:39 -0600 )edit

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answered 2019-03-04 02:32:10 -0600

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I'm by no means an authoritative source for this, but "ROS Answers" (ie: this site) is an instance of something called Askbot, which is a platform for "Q&A sites". "Q&A" is short for: Question & Answer, which is the type of interaction we have here on ROS Answers.

So the name would suggest that this is the place to get answers to questions about ROS (ie: "the Answers site for ROS").

I guess it could have been named "ROS Questions", but that might not be a good name from an English language perspective, as it would imply that there are mostly questions here (which may be seen as something negative) while a site that provides answers would seem to be more valuable.

As to the domain name: I believe that follows logically from the "ROS Answers" name: answers.ros.org.


Note btw: questions.ros.org does exist. It directly forwards to answers.ros.org though.

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