[TUHS] etymology of cron

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Wed Dec 23 14:05:57 AEST 2015

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015, at 21:59, John Cowan wrote:
> Wikipedia is by nature a *summary of the published literature*.  If you
> want to get some folklore, like what "cron" stands for, into Wikipedia,
> then publish a folklore article in a journal, book, or similar reputable
> publication.  Random uncontrolled mailing lists simply do not count.

The problem is this backronym is the sort of nonsense that attaches to
_all_ computer commands that are not an English word (and a fair few
that are), and that should heavily weigh against the use of people's
willingness to uncritically repeat them in print as a "reliable source".

It may be reasonable, in Wikipedia's role as a "summary of the published
literature", to say something like "some people have suggested" that it
may be an acronym, and to list the sources there, but certainly _not_ to
assert that it was actually intended as one without a source actually
traceable to someone in a position to know.

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