[etoys-notify] [JIRA] Commented: (SQ-668) change "demon's castle" wording to be less offensive/worrisome

Takashi Yamamiya (JIRA) tracker at squeakland.org
Thu Mar 4 19:47:02 EST 2010

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Takashi Yamamiya commented on SQ-668:

Honestly, I really don't understand impact of the wording as I'm not a native English speaker. But from reading the the ticket, I think that fixing the society where "Demons are very real" is the very reason why EToys is necessary. I heard that there are villages in Africa where witches are still real and a lot of innocent girls fall victim by witch hunting. To me, fear of demon is equally questionable.

Additionally, the term "demon" has been used as a metaphor of computer's mysterious function, and the root was "Maxwell's daemon" for comical explanation of entropy.

In short, I like the word and I don't like to change it by superstitions.

But I'm not a person who directly faces kids. If teachers believe that the title is truly an obstacle of their educational goal, I want to listen and respect them.

> change "demon's castle" wording to be less offensive/worrisome
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SQ-668
>                 URL: http://tracker.squeakland.org/browse/SQ-668
>             Project: squeakland
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: etoys
>            Reporter: timothy
>            Priority: Critical
>             Fix For: etoys 5 and showcase
> As we head to Haiti, I'm getting considerable backlash about Demon's Castle from Haitian Americans.  Demons are very real in their culture, as they are for evangelical Americans as well.
> Simple suggestion ... change the name to "Wizard's Castle" and this text:
> "You have been captured by an evil demon!  If you don't escape, you will never see your friends again! You are my slave!  Ha ha ha!"
> "You have been captured by a wizard!  You must find a way to escape!"

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