View Full Version : new name needed for "scumware"

08-28-2001, 10:19 PM
While I agree 100% that programs like Gator are indeed "scum" in practice, I think that geekvillage as the higher moral ground should come up with a new name for this type of product.

Calling it scumware I think could turn some people off to our cause, and I think that a different title for it could go a long way to help us out.

Perhaps something similar to "Overlayed Adware" or something similar.

08-29-2001, 12:41 AM
Point taken and thanks.

Bill suggested "Theftware" which I think has great merit.

This would describe the technology which is deployed such as TopText and Surf +


08-29-2001, 06:24 AM
How about:


Here is the result of a look up at www.dictionary.com:


1. Living by preying on other organisms: a predatory mammal; a predatory insect.

a. Of, relating to, or characterized by plundering, pillaging, or marauding.
b. Living by or given to exploiting or destroying others for one's own gain.

All the best,


Robert from SI
08-29-2001, 07:28 AM
I thought "scabware" was appropriate (in the USA persons who defy a striking union are called "scabs")

08-29-2001, 10:05 AM
While that may make sense (scabware) the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear that word is the blood clots that form when you cut yourself - yuck!

Squeamish connotation if you ask me.

08-29-2001, 08:30 PM
I'm a fan of Theftware... easy on the syllables, and gets the point across nice and fast.

08-29-2001, 09:31 PM
I second that. It sounds much more professional, if the languauge allows that.

Originally posted by Manos
I'm a fan of Theftware... easy on the syllables, and gets the point across nice and fast.

Aaron Dragushan
08-30-2001, 12:23 AM
Scumware says, "we hate these guys"
Theftware says, "these guys are thieves"

Theftware gets the point across beautifully, and comes across as a more rational point of view, less easily dismissed as extreme. On the other hand, we're not at the beginning of this fight, and "scumware" might be too branded by now to change the term.

In any case, they're still scum. :)

08-30-2001, 12:53 AM
Theftware it is. Thanks all. I will do the other site tomorrow.

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