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Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:06 • by b0red (unregistered)
Nice name, heh =-)

You didn't mention the tweaked looked -- I like it!!

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:13 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
Funny, I was actually thinking that this site needed a new name just today. "Daily" just doesn't fit too well. :)
I like the new one too, only shortening it to just WTF could cause some confusion... WoTF perhaps? Any better ideas?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:13 • by fennec
The real WTF is still the forum software.

Addendum (2007-02-24 16:21):
-- also, shouldn't that be website.renameTo() instead of Website.RenameTo()?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:13 • by Evert (unregistered)
Thats kind of weak.. bend up for the man

wtf

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:29 • by fennec
I've done basic updates to the Wikipedia article.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:31 • by swapo
122407 in reply to 122404
I recently had an similar situation about what WTF stands for. I like the new Backronym, keep up the good work (and I should send in some WTFs myself...).

fennec:
also, shouldn't that be website.renameTo() instead of Website.RenameTo()?

Not if you're from the .NET-World as Alex obviously is, they use some really WTFish naming conventions over there ;-)

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:35 • by itsmelol! (unregistered)
What the fuck? Well at least its still wtf...

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:36 • by Mr. Mister (unregistered)
This is lame. WTF!? Not PC enough? Gowd help us.

The Real WTF? RSS link!

http://worsethanfailure.com/Articles/Announcement_0x3a__Website_0x2e_RenameTo(“Worse_Than_Failure”).aspx

clicked in RSS newsreader opens up url:

http://worsethanfailure.com/Articles/Announcement_0x3a__Website_0x2e_RenameTo(%1CWorse_Than_Failure%1D).aspx

...

Bad Request (Invalid URL)

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:40 • by X.Static
A much more fitting name IMO.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:45 • by Censoring FAILS! (unregistered)
Yet another website falls for the censoring way of life. In every country (especially USA) you see this shit happening :S stop bloody censoring things just cos some ppl can't handle vulgare names!

Up yours!

lol

2007-02-24 16:48 • by Publius (unregistered)
I think the real WTF here is that I'll never have to hear what the real WTF here is again.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 16:56 • by Jackal von ÖRF
What happened to the "show full articles" checkbox on the front page? Today when I came to the site, there were 3 new articles, which meant that I had to (1) click "Full Article" link on the oldest article and read it, (2) click "Back" button, (3) click "Full Article" link on the second oldest article and read it, (4) click "Back" button, (5) click "Full Article" link on the latest article and read it. So a total of 5 clicks compared to 0 clicks if the full articles had been visible on the front page.

Addendum (2007-02-25 04:09):
mario, the hyperlink was not visible when I wrote that message (using Firefox + NoScript). Now it at least says "Tip: Enable JavaScript & Cookies to toggle full article text" so I will know to enable JavaScript to get the link visible. So the WTF is only that the site requires JavaScript enabled.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:03 • by Al (unregistered)
122414 in reply to 122412
Publius:
I think the real WTF here is that I'll never have to hear what the real WTF here is again.


Censoring FAILS!:
Yet another website falls for the censoring way of life. In every country (especially USA) you see this shit happening :S stop bloody censoring things just cos some ppl can't handle vulgare names!

Up yours!


Uh, I think you need to look at the new name a little more carefully guys...

Capcha: Darwin

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:06 • by mario (unregistered)
122415 in reply to 122413
Jackal von ÖRF:
What happened to the "show full articles" checkbox on the front page? Today when I came to the site, there were 3 new articles, which meant that I had to (1) click "Full Article" link on the oldest article and read it, (2) click "Back" button, (3) click "Full Article" link on the second oldest article and read it, (4) click "Back" button, (5) click "Full Article" link on the latest article and read it. So a total of 5 clicks compared to 0 clicks if the full articles had been visible on the front page.


Or, you could have cliked on hyperlink right where the checkbox used to be that says "Display: Full Article.

Sure, it would have required 1 click more than 0 clicks, but you would have saved at least 500 keystrokes, and an additional 2 clicks to post the comment.

Heck, you would have even saved me a bunch of keystrokes and clicks as well.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:07 • by Censoring FAILS! (unregistered)
I did realise that Worse then Failure actually does seem like WTF. But it isn't, it is just a cuty contest to fit in the censoring way of life :S, which, imho, is a sad step. Basically, I am completly against censoring, and as this is censoring I am against this website, and as I am against this website I will stop reading this website as regulary as I did before.

Just here to defend my statement, and wanna see people defending the renaming :).

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:13 • by mario (unregistered)
122417 in reply to 122416
Censoring FAILS!:
Basically, I am completly against censoring, and as this is censoring I am against this website, and as I am against this website I will stop reading this website as regulary as I did before.


How is this change at all censorship? Censorship would be deleting your comment because you're whining.

Censoring would be not printing the real names of WTF companies involved in the stories. Oh wait. That's already done ... so ... wait, how are you reading the WTF still if Alex already does that?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:16 • by john q public (unregistered)
Stupid to change the name. dumb move.

A recursive name would have been better

2007-02-24 17:18 • by Roy (unregistered)
How about "WTF Technology Folklore"?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:19 • by Ryan (unregistered)
I think "The Daily WTF" was part of this site's success and an excellent brand. We'll see if Worse Than Failure captures new audience as well, I doubt it.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:20 • by Ryan (unregistered)
When do people make business plans based on how their Grandma likes the name? I thought that the target market determined the name.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:23 • by Dennis (unregistered)
I actually liked the old name better than this one, probably because TheDailyWTF is funnier/better to say (for me that is, but I won't say such stuff to my grandma) than Worse Than Failure.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:26 • by AC (unregistered)
Liked the old name better. WTF is up with changing it? Seems like bowing to PC pressure to me. Hmmm, other PC names: Succeeding Differently? Functionally Challenged Conceptions? Differently Abled IT?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:28 • by no (unregistered)
What the Flip have you done?

unfuckingbelievable.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:41 • by NewNames (unregistered)
Reasons old name was better:
- daily was in the name (it just sounds more frequent, visit daily)
- wtf is the real wtf (and an internet lingo - worse than failure is just a cop out to keep WTF acronym but changes the meaning)
- mentally seeing FAILURE at the top of your page in red is bad for the irrational marketing side.
- longer URL (new name)
- dailywtf was a name that caught attention, new name does not have the same ring
- your relatives disliked the name, usually means you are onto something good.

At least grandma is happy.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:42 • by Icarium (unregistered)
YOU RE A SISSY! :)
come on saying fuck to your grandma can't be worth it :)

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:45 • by Dave (unregistered)
Leave the name and let us explain it to grandma!

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:48 • by rudolf (unregistered)
Captcha : slashbot...
let's hope this site doesn't turn into something that sounds similar eh :)

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:52 • by Erik (unregistered)
I've been a reader for a LOOOONG time and this is the first post I've ever felt the need to make. Changing the name of this site for the sheer PC-ishness of it is RIDICULOUS.

I'm shocked that anyone who would have used the original name in the first place would later cave to this sort of pressure. Definitely a sad day and I will close by saying that if you stick with the neutered name, then the terrorists have truly won.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:52 • by Noone important (unregistered)
What the Frack?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:57 • by Evo (unregistered)
The real Worse Than Failure is the Taboo for the old ppl on the word Fuck ;-)

Looking forward to the programming contests though!

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 17:59 • by Eric Cartman (unregistered)
The link to this site in my favorites bar says "The Daily WTF". I'm going to edit it so that it reads the REAL name: "The Daily WHAT THE FUCK?!?"

Fuck-fuckity-fuck-fuck-fuck. Jesus Christ - it doens't hurt anybody!


Captcha: smile

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:00 • by PeriSoft (unregistered)
If PC Week can get away with changing its name to eWeek, this isn't so bad.

(I wrote to them suggesting that 'eWeak' might be a better monicker given their submission to industry peer pressure, but I guess they didn't think it was funny.)

CAPTCHA: Xevious. Back in the day.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:00 • by AC (unregistered)
122434 in reply to 122430
Huh? April 1st is 5 weeks away, whay gives?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:04 • by EnterUserNameHere
The REAL WTF is that the intent of renaming the site has had the opposite effect and actually resulted in MORE of the F-word!

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:05 • by WWWWolf
122436 in reply to 122404
fennec:
-- also, shouldn't that be website.renameTo() instead of Website.RenameTo()?


No, it should be:

:1,$s/The Daily WTF/Worse Than Failure/

The REAL WTF is that apparently, according to the title, no one at the site's end bothered to edit the configuration files or templates or update the database table or whatever the heck this monstrous piece of software uses. Instead they just dived in the CMS logic, added a line of code to change the site title, and recompiled.

So, um, the title is obviously in line with the contents of the site.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:06 • by Erik (unregistered)
122437 in reply to 122429
Oh, and please sell off the old thedailywtf.com domain so somebody who has balls can continue.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:15 • by wgh
Man, this is a sad day. I _really_ like the old name so much better.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:21 • by WORSE and FAILURE (unregistered)
Some words have bad mojo, just seeing WORSE and FAILURE in your title in large red type, it will affect the brand. Its not too late to go back. Don't worry you can keep the URL and tell a story on it about one time when you changed the name of your most successful brand in the height of its readership. F*CK is such a nicer word than FAILURE and WORSE.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:37 • by null-loop
I'm going to have to add my 2 pennies worth. Old name rocked, new name sucks. As someone else has noted, Worse Than Failure doesn't make any sense What The Fuck? does... it described perfectly what we'd all think when reading most of the articles. Very lame Alex, I'm disappointed.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:38 • by GeneWitch
I don't care what the site is named, that's so petty.
I'll still visit and be an asshole sometimes and be nice othertimes and appreciate all the help you guys give me. and advice!

One thing though Alex... Obfuscate the real reason next time... say that the TLD .com people made you change your domain name because they were scared they'd be featured on your main page or something.

And don't sell off the old domain, forever forward it here!

Weeeeee!

EDIT:
Do you guys write letters when vivendi buys companies and makes them change their names? How about Time? Warner? Bell labs/ Ma Bell?
The lot of you that are being cantankerous about this really should look at what you are doing... you get this site for FREE... it's funny and entertaining... and you guys are giving the webmaster shit because he changed something. Get a grip.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:38 • by masklinn
Mmmm Alex?

Would it be possible:

* For the old domain not to redirect to "worsethanfailure.com"
* For the old domain to keep the old DWTF branding

?

It's pretty trivial to do so the tech part shouldn't be much of an issue

That way, those who really prefer their WTF with more dailys and more fucks would get to keep it, and those who prefer failures could fail as hard as they can?

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:40 • by Plastriq (unregistered)
I really liked the other name better...

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:40 • by Sell out! (unregistered)
Another person bows to public pressure. I say fuck at least 60 times a day if not more. Just because it makes people uncomfortable.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:43 • by GeneWitch
122446 in reply to 122402
on a side note, i really want to see the domain

TenToTheTenToTheTen.com - World's fastest search engine.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:48 • by Kinglink (unregistered)
The daily WTF is the better name, WTF is a common idea to most online people. Worse than failure doesn't make sense and just makes me shake my head.

I'm sorry about you talking to your grandma but so what? Just tell her it's an acronym that means something doesn't make sense. Changing the whole site because the F stands for a swear is silly.

Changing the format of the site is up to you, Want to have a "worse than failure" section that's fine, but changing the name is going to lose you readers.

And when I say WTF I'm being polite here, I mean the What the **** not the letters.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:51 • by Jason Scott (unregistered)
Lame. But you gotta do what works for you.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:52 • by Jochen Ritzel (unregistered)
WTF? That name was perfekt. It was blinking in big letters in my head whenever i read something here. Besides, wtf, lol, rofl and the like are no longer acronyms at all and dont need to be spelled out. Saying "WTF stands for What the fuck" is like saying "IBM stands for Industrial Buisness Machines". Will you start explaining the facial expression of the smiley in the header too? I'm really disappointed :/

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:54 • by wtf (unregistered)
When I used to tell a friend about this site, they'd get a kick out of the name and that alone would make them want to check it out. "Worse Than Failure" sounds like a shitty local emo band or something. Very disappointing.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:55 • by WORSE and FAILURE (unregistered)
122452 in reply to 122442
GeneWitch:
I don't care what the site is named, that's so petty.


Then why change it, changing it is petty and truly a bad marketing decision. I know programmers dont' do marketing but branding works. The whole site was spawned from one thread titled the Daily WTF, why be petty and change it.

Re: Announcement: Website.RenameTo(“Worse Than Failure”)

2007-02-24 18:57 • by ikebowen (unregistered)
So. ... You'll live, guys.
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