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By anonymous

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18-09-2003, 23:13

semi = half
quasi = pretends to be
pseudo = seems like, but isn't

By BiFi

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19-09-2003, 07:59

The best word in this case might be 'semi-commercial' I think. With 'non-profit' the creator doesn't want money for it in return (allthough it'll be always something to welcome of course). Even the word 'hobby' may give a negative sound to all this... As if thiungs created 'as a hobby' are less than the same thing being sold. It's really a pity.

By Algorythms

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19-09-2003, 11:49

home-brewed software Smile

By sjoerd

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19-09-2003, 12:49

community software

By Sama

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19-09-2003, 13:35

Let's just call the things by their names. Amateurs they are, so amateurs we shall call them. Linguistically this doesn't say anything about their capabilities.

By anonymous

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19-09-2003, 13:43

I still think pseudo-professional is the best. semi means half, and we're definitely not half professional! What is half professional anyway? Does that mean we screw up 50% of the time?
MSX-Engine was definitely quasi-professional btw Smile

By Arjan

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19-09-2003, 14:04

Rikuse, you're right about that...but words do have more meanings than just the 'official' ones in the books. If someone says those bloody amateurs, amateurs doesn't refer to people who do things as a hobby, but to people who don't have enough skills/knowledge/whatever and probably screwed up Tongue Btw, this is called amateurish, not amaturistic. You can determine from the context if the word 'amateur' has a negative sound or not.

By MrRudi

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19-09-2003, 15:40

I still think pseudo-professional is the best. semi means half, and we're definitely not half professional! What is half professional anyway? Does that mean we screw up 50% of the time?
MSX-Engine was definitely quasi-professional btw Smile

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By Sama

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19-09-2003, 17:01

Rikuse, you're right about that...but words do have more meanings than just the 'official' ones in the books. If someone says those bloody amateurs, amateurs doesn't refer to people who do things as a hobby, but to people who don't have enough skills/knowledge/whatever and probably screwed up Tongue Btw, this is called amateurish, not amaturistic. You can determine from the context if the word 'amateur' has a negative sound or not.

But we know better, don't we? Professional means nothing more than 'someone who is doing something for his profession'. 'Beroepsmatig', in Dutch. This totally lacks any connection with 'love' for what someone is doing. The word 'amateur' DOES connect those words.

An amateur can be an expert, whereas a professional doesn't necessarily have to be an expert.

By anonymous

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19-09-2003, 18:13

true...
When you put it that way, 'amateur' is really a kick-ass word! Smile

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