Abstract Wikipedia/Wiki of functions naming contest/Wikilambda

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  • Support Support --Thadguidry (talk) 23:17, 21 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support -- better than most. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 07:19, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support Sure, lambda is Greek - but wiki is Hawaiian. Michaelgraaf (talk) 13:58, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support. PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:34, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support — recognizable, unique, has deeper meaning for those who wants an etymology and quite functional otherwise. –SJ talk  04:28, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support Jon Harald Søby (talk) 08:25, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support --LydiaPintscher (talk) 09:30, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support ArthurPSmith (talk) 12:22, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced this should be the first name. --Sannita - not just another it.wiki sysop 13:37, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support Chris.Cooley (talk) 15:45, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support --Luk3 (talk) 17:05, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support I can’t rule out that I like this name at least in part because it’s the initially suggested one, but still, I really like this name. It follows the established “Wikiword” pattern, the word is relevant but not too banal, the lambda should lend itself to a variety of logo options, it sounds nice. --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 19:40, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support Artrixs (talk) 10:59, 24 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Support. --Yair rand (talk) 00:02, 25 September 2020 (UTC)


  • The status quo.
  • It's mostly fine. It's somewhat cryptic for people who aren't familiar with lambda calculus and its relationship to the concept of function, but it's a problem because even in the most optimistic scenario I don't expect a lot of people to contribute directly to the functions' code, just like not all Wikipedians directly contribute to the code of templates, modules, gadgets, and extensions. This name is also easy to translate because many languages have a standard way to write the names of Greek letters. --Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 11:01, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
  • No - it is not easy to translate (not transliterate) to Chinese if the translated name needs to be informative. In Chinese, names of Wikimedia project are never transliterated. See Talk:Abstract_Wikipedia/Name#lambda_is_too_'Western'.--GZWDer (talk) 13:35, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
    Shouldn't be the name informative to all those aware of d:Q242028? --CamelCaseNick (talk) 19:21, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
    I don't understand this. It's a mathematical symbol, used just as much by Chinese speakers as English speakers. What makes it hard to translate? --Yair rand (talk) 20:36, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
    • Agree with GZWDer. There are only transcriptions/transliterations of λ in Chinese. Unlike the romanized “lambda” used in “lambda calculus”, such transcriptions/transliterations are not widely used (and in particular not commonly used in Chinese translation of “lambda calculus”, for which the Greek letter is normally used directly), so cannot easily recognized even by those who are familiar with lambda calculus. --Stevenliuyi (talk) 18:23, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
      • Perhaps the Greek letter could be used in Chinese. --Yair rand (talk) 08:27, 23 September 2020 (UTC)
  • I like it. I have a strong preference for a name that incorporates (to at least some extent) the Abstract Wikipedia-side of the project. ("Lambdas changed my life" -- Barbara Partee) --Chris.Cooley (talk) 22:36, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
  • I actually think Wikilambda is great: it means Wikifunction but in a less Anglo and more universal symbol. Admittedly less familiar to non-math/CS types, but there is no denying that unlike any other sister project, this will be largely maintained and cultivated by people with some math/CS familiarity. And math terms are as close as we can practically get to a universal term. I am so convinced of these points, that not only is status quo superior to every alternative proposed so far, but I have a hard time imagining a term that could possibly beat it in more than a single aspect. Ijon (talk) 22:48, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
  • I could see this abreviated as λ/lambda internally or stylized as Wikiλambda, e.g. in a word mark, see proposal for λ. --CamelCaseNick (talk) 16:24, 18 September 2020 (UTC)
  • This one is a bit too techie for my taste, but it's growing on me.--Pharos (talk) 18:19, 20 September 2020 (UTC)