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  2. RFC-566

Deprecate use of the term "mini-broker"

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    • Type: RFC
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    • Resolution: Done
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      The term "mini-broker" has been used over several years to describe the LSST service that applies both pre-defined and user-supplied filters to the alert stream. In practice this term is imprecise and creates user confusion.

      We propose to deprecate the term "mini-broker," instead using "LSST Alert Filtering Service," which is the term used in LSE-61.

      This name permits the initialism "LAFS." I would welcome comment on whether its use should be encouraged.

      Passing use of the term "mini-broker" is present in at least LDM-148, LDM-230, LDM-540, LDM-533, LDM-542, and DMTN-081; we would propose to replace these mentions.

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            Parejkoj John Parejko added a comment -

            I have no problem with the removal of "mini-broker". I'm not so keen on "LAFS": could we just say "filtering service" for short, with the first two implied from context?

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            Parejkoj John Parejko added a comment - I have no problem with the removal of "mini-broker". I'm not so keen on "LAFS": could we just say "filtering service" for short, with the first two implied from context?
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            ktl Kian-Tat Lim added a comment -

            +1 from me for "mini-broker" deprecation. I don't think we have to stick with LSE-61 names; it is quite reasonable to say that the LSE-61 "Alert Filtering Service" is implemented by the Restrained Alert Filtering For LSST Export component. But as a default name choice, I think it's also fine. I agree that the pronunciation of "LAFS" is likely a problem. While "AFS" has other uses, it might be an acceptable alternative.

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            ktl Kian-Tat Lim added a comment - +1 from me for "mini-broker" deprecation. I don't think we have to stick with LSE-61 names; it is quite reasonable to say that the LSE-61 "Alert Filtering Service" is implemented by the Restrained Alert Filtering For LSST Export component. But as a default name choice, I think it's also fine. I agree that the pronunciation of "LAFS" is likely a problem. While "AFS" has other uses, it might be an acceptable alternative.
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            lguy Leanne Guy added a comment -

            I agree in principle with Kian-Tat Lim's comment:  " I don't think we have to stick with LSE-61 names; it is quite reasonable to say that the LSE-61 "Alert Filtering Service" is implemented by the Restrained Alert Filtering For LSST Export component"   - but I do not like 'restrained' - it is too negative.  I like "(LSST) Alert Filtering Service" - it is clear and unambiguous. 

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            lguy Leanne Guy added a comment - I agree in principle with Kian-Tat Lim 's comment:  " I don't think we have to stick with LSE-61 names; it is quite reasonable to say that the LSE-61 "Alert Filtering Service" is implemented by the Restrained Alert Filtering For LSST Export component"   - but I do not like 'restrained' - it is too negative.  I like "(LSST) Alert Filtering Service" - it is clear and unambiguous. 
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            swinbank John Swinbank added a comment -

            “RAFFLE” was a joke... right?

            I think deprecating the term mini-broker is an excellent idea. I don't object to the abbreviation “LAFS” (especially if the “predefined simple filters” are the “Read-Only Filters for LSST”).

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            swinbank John Swinbank added a comment - “RAFFLE” was a joke... right? I think deprecating the term mini-broker is an excellent idea. I don't object to the abbreviation “LAFS” (especially if the “predefined simple filters” are the “Read-Only Filters for LSST”).
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            ktl Kian-Tat Lim added a comment -

            Yes, a joke. Any implication that we would be randomly handing out alerts to users (unless they request randomization) is purely for amusement.

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            ktl Kian-Tat Lim added a comment - Yes, a joke. Any implication that we would be randomly handing out alerts to users (unless they request randomization) is purely for amusement.
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            lguy Leanne Guy added a comment -

            Possible alternatives:

            LARFS: Lsst AleRt Filtering Service

            LAFTER: Lsst Alert FilTEring seRvice

            LARFE: Lsst AleRt Filtering sErvice

            LEER: Lsst alErt filtEring seRvice

            ANLESE: AN Lsst alErt filtering SErvice  (like the name Anne-Lise)

             

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            lguy Leanne Guy added a comment - Possible alternatives: LARFS: Lsst AleRt Filtering Service LAFTER: Lsst Alert FilTEring seRvice LARFE: Lsst AleRt Filtering sErvice LEER: Lsst alErt filtEring seRvice ANLESE: AN Lsst alErt filtering SErvice  (like the name Anne-Lise)  
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            tjenness Tim Jenness added a comment -

            Eric Bellm It sounds like people are okay with this change and there have been no objections from CCB members.

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            tjenness Tim Jenness added a comment - Eric Bellm It sounds like people are okay with this change and there have been no objections from CCB members.
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            ebellm Eric Bellm added a comment -

            Consensus is that we refer to the filtering service as the "LSST Alert Filtering Service" but do not use the "LAFS" initialism.

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            ebellm Eric Bellm added a comment - Consensus is that we refer to the filtering service as the "LSST Alert Filtering Service" but do not use the "LAFS" initialism.

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              ebellm Eric Bellm
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              ebellm Eric Bellm
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              Eric Bellm, John Parejko, John Swinbank, Jonathan Sick, Kian-Tat Lim, Leanne Guy, Melissa Graham, Tim Jenness, Wil O'Mullane
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