So apparently is really worried now that "photoshopping" is becoming a generic term, which might lead them to lose the trademark. So they offer all sorts of helpful advice:


> Correct: The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software.
> Incorrect: The image was photoshopped.

I think what we should do instead is say:

> The image was gimped using Adobe™ Photoshop™



no need to add ableism, that won't make it better.

how about instead, fuck trademarks. people can use words how they want.

also, fuck Adobe completely. their "software rental" strategy effectively locks down artists' own works by making their data inaccessible without the proprietary program.

@crashglasshouses eh, it was a play on a certain popular FLOSS image manipulation program with an admittedly unfortunate name. I thought it would be obvious in the context. 🤷‍♀️

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yes, i know that, but using the word to make fun of the people who use it, is still using the word, and makes you one of those people.

@crashglasshouses I'll keep that in mind next time.

That said, I did not use the word to make fun of people who use the GNU Image Manipulation Program. I used that term as a mirror-term to "photoshopping" — taking a name of a particular software package, and using it in a generic way. I use it myself, in fact, and I appreciate what it allows me to do.

I get what you're saying about the term, but ascribing particular intent to me here is unnecessary, and in this case incorrect.

@rysiek it doesn't matter what your intent is, the impact is the same. if you care about disabled people (hi, that's me, i'm a disabled person), don't use ableist words.

@crashglasshouses @rysiek I Disagree.

Using a name to make fun of the name is criticism of the name and thus can not be pro-use of said name.

Valid criticism of bad things must be allowed. Including in jokes.

As for branding people, be careful with this sort of absolutism, it'll cause all sorts of unforgivingness to blossom. And I'd rather redemption not be made harder by name calling.

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