# Canonicalizing/verbosifying software names?

Every time I write "Cura" in a question or answer, it gets edited to "Ultimaker Cura", most recently resulting in awkward verbose repetition that required additional edits to fix. I don't see any justification for requiring use of official verbose names for software products that can be clearly identified by a well-known shorter name. For example on computing SE sites we don't force users to write "Microsoft Windows" or "Redhat Linux" in contexts where "Windows" or "Redhat" would be understood. And even on this site I don't recall every mention of "Ender 3" getting edited into "Creality Ender 3".

Is such a policy (it's effectively a policy, since it's enforced by edits made by a moderator) appropriate for this site?

For what it's worth, as a new-ish contributor to this SE site, having nitpicky edits to all of my posts does not make me feel welcome and appreciated.

• I can see what you mean, but I am sure that any such edits are meant with good intention, and are not intended to annoy anyone or make them feel unwelcome. We like to try to keep this particular SE site correct (be that grammatically, SI units and the correct spacing, or brand names or what have you). However, you raise a valid point, w.r.t. the manufacturer, and we'll take note in future. Cheers :-) – Greenonline Sep 1 '19 at 21:14
• Indeed, I don't think the intention is bad. But it ends up being irritating and with a result that's objectively neither better nor worse, just gratutitously difference from what the author originally wrote. – R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE Sep 1 '19 at 21:24
• All good points and quite understandable... BTW, thanks for your input and contributions to the site - the more active members the better, and we might actually make it out of beta (one day)..! :-D – Greenonline Sep 1 '19 at 21:30

• Personally I don't like the units changes either - replacing space with &nbsp; is ugly and makes the markdown hard to read/edit, contrary to the whole purpose of markdown, and I don't even consider a space between the last digit and °C to be proper style - I always learned the degree sign goes immediately "on" the digit. But these are all matters of formatting style where it's easy for me to accept that the site mods want a polished uniformity, even if it's not one I agree with, much like a common indentation style in a codebase. – R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE Sep 3 '19 at 3:35
• @R. - Please read Don't forget the space!. It is the international standard. The ° is adjacent to the quantity only for angular measurements... that surprised me too. You could use the unicode non-breaking space character (U+00A0/\xa0/ALT255), but as that is invisible, it's virtually impossible to tell if it is there or not. BTW, if you have anything that you wish to discuss, you can join us in 3D Printing Chat. – Greenonline Sep 3 '19 at 6:05