Project Name - MaidSafe

#community (couldn’t find a category or tag for this :wink:)

Hello everyone,

The last few weeks I have been taking a look at the MaidSafe code, documentation, team and community to see where and if I might fit here. There are a few questions I have but the one that might be the easiest to answer and I have not found an answer to yet on the product site or wiki.

The question is where the the name MaidSafe come from and what was the thinking intent behind it? Especially given the definitions (from Google) below.

maid

  1. a female domestic servant.
  2. an unmarried girl or young woman.

and

safe

  1. protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost.
  2. not likely to cause or lead to harm or injury; not involving danger or risk.

Thanks for any historical context you can give about this,
Sam

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Massive Array of Internet Disks - Secure Access For Everyone

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I just found what I think is the reasoning for the Safe part on the Wiki:

SAFE stands for Secure Access For Everyone

But why the Maid part? Wondering why the choice of a servant and also why a gendered one? Neither of those things insight “for everyone” to me. Guess that in part is where the question is coming from.

As many programmers are aware names matter and communicate intent hence the curiosity. :slight_smile:

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See the post above yours. (M)assive (A)rray of (I)nternet (D)isks

Since the project has progressed beyond MAID the network is now called the SAFE network

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maid = Massive Array of Internet Disks

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Ah, thanks for the @VanCan. Interesting to hear it is also an acronym. Might be nice to add to the Wiki or product page? If I can edit the Wiki I can try add that info at some point.

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It’s actually a play on RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) but instead MAID Massive Array of Internet Disks :slight_smile:

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And it sounds when spoken like ‘made safe’…well…at least to my non native English ears :slight_smile:

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yeah cuz they’re the company that “made SAFE” for everyone to use :smiley:

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Welcome to the forum :+1:

The name of the company is Maidsafe. It’s the acronym as explained above. The intent is to create a “Massive Array of Internet Disks”.

The name of the technology is SAFE: Secure Access For Everyone.

Could be compared to Mozilla (the company) creating projects like Firefox, Thunderbird etc.

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Sure, I just added a new FAQ question to the SAFE Network Wiki: https://safenetwork.wiki/en/FAQ#Why_the_name_MaidSafe.3F :slight_smile:

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