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Re: blacklist -> blocklist in current

grep -i ^black /usr/share/dict/words | wc
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It's an uphill climb, but naming is one of two hard things.  Yes, we can do better.

On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 12:44 PM Christos Zoulas <> wrote:
Hi Marc,

When I wrote this in 2015 I did not consider the terms blacklist/whitelist offensive,
or associated them with race. If as was going to name the program today I would
have chosen differently; perhaps I would have chosen 'denylist' instead of 'blocklist',
(I smirk because the spell-checker autocorrected blocklist to blacklist even when I had
it in quotes and I had to change it back), but I would not have called it blacklist.

I made the poor naming choice in 2015, and I needed to fix it. I decided to do it quickly,
and I did not want to have a discussion about it -- I was going to do it anyway. I believe
that as insignificant and annoying that change might seem to some, it is a move in the
right direction and I hope that it will inspire/encourage others to make similar changes
where appropriate.

We should be all doing whatever we can to correct social/race/gender/sex
injustices/prejudices around us, and every little bit helps.



> On Jun 15, 2020, at 3:02 PM, Marc Balmer <> wrote:
> And you just do that based on you own opinion, without previous discussion, breaking existing confugurations, and all you have to offer is a „sorry for the inconvenience“?
> That inconvenience was not needed and nobody asked for it.
>> Am 15.06.2020 um 04:02 schrieb Christos Zoulas <>:
>> Hello folks,
>> I've renamed blacklist to blocklist, so if you are currently using it,
>> you should rename things accordingly:
>>   - rc.conf variable
>>   - /var/db/blacklist.db file
>>   - npf table name
>> Apologies for the inconvenience,
>> christos

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