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Re: blacklist -> blocklist in current

At Mon, 15 Jun 2020 20:35:46 +0200, Kamil Rytarowski <> wrote:
Subject: Re: blacklist -> blocklist in current
> Whitelist/blacklist is a regular term in computing. I have never seen
> 'blocklisting' before.

Popularity != fairness; and so on....

This article from 2018 might help point out the inherent issues with the
choice of certain terms:

On the other hand there are deliberate biases in choice of certain terms
since they are indeed intended to indicate positive and negative
opposites, however the more "neutral" one can be in choosing such terms,
then the longer those terms might hope to hold out as inoffensive to as
many people as possible.

Personally I prefer "allow"/"deny", but I'm not sure what lists of
things that are "allowed" or "denied" should more generically be called.
We do have one example of such lists already supported in NetBSD:
/etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny

					Greg A. Woods <>

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