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From "Erik Krogen (Jira)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SPARK-32037) Rename blacklisting feature to avoid language with racist connotation
Date Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:57:00 GMT

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Erik Krogen commented on SPARK-32037:
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I think it might be helpful to frame the discussion around the components used by this feature.
It also might be worth noting that I think in the context of this feature, the opposite term
("whitelist") is never used, so I don't think we need to worry about the counterpart to whatever
new terminology is chosen. Here is a list of the main (non-test) blacklisting-related classes
whose names need to be changed:
* BlacklistTracker
* TaskSetBlacklist
* YarnAllocatorBlacklistTracker

Personally I still feel that a health analogy sounds most intuitive, yielding:
* HealthTracker
* TaskSetHealthReport? TaskSetUnhealthlyList?
* YarnAllocatorHealthTracker

Taking blocklist, we get:
* BlocklistTracker
* TaskSetBlocklist
* YarnAllocatorBlocklistTracker

I think it's not very intuitive... "Blocking" to me would usually imply defending yourself
against adversarial behavior (e.g. blocking a phone number, blocking a nefarious IP address,
etc.). But I am open to it -- it certainly makes the diff easy, just one character to change
:)

> Rename blacklisting feature to avoid language with racist connotation
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: SPARK-32037
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SPARK-32037
>             Project: Spark
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Spark Core
>    Affects Versions: 3.0.1
>            Reporter: Erik Krogen
>            Priority: Minor
>
> As per [discussion on the Spark dev list|https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/rf6b2cdcba4d3875350517a2339619e5d54e12e66626a88553f9fe275%40%3Cdev.spark.apache.org%3E],
it will be beneficial to remove references to problematic language that can alienate potential
community members. One such reference is "blacklist". While it seems to me that there is some
valid debate as to whether this term has racist origins, the cultural connotations are inescapable
in today's world.
> I've created a separate task, SPARK-32036, to remove references outside of this feature.
Given the large surface area of this feature and the public-facing UI / configs / etc., more
care will need to be taken here.
> I'd like to start by opening up debate on what the best replacement name would be. Reject-/deny-/ignore-/block-list
are common replacements for "blacklist", but I'm not sure that any of them work well for this
situation.



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