A tiny corner of the internet is a little bit brighter today as “Muff Wiggler” evolves into the more tasteful “Mod Wiggler” to the collective sound of eyes rolling.
It’s a debate that has intensified over the last year or so and following on from the noble choice of GearSpace to leave behind their Benny Hill mentality, Muff Wiggler has finally decided that maybe there’s a better way to be.
Muff Wiggler was created by the late Mike McGrath who chose the name based on two of his favourite Electro-Harmonix guitar pedals: the Big Muff and the Wiggler. It was never intended to be offensive to anyone and really only raises a mild smirk because we’re all blokes having a bit of a laugh in our blokey hobby of modular synthesis. Who would have thought that anyone would find it inappropriate, annoying or a barrier to entry or that there were people out there who weren’t just blokes?
The site caretaker “Flatscan” posted on the forum:
Today (22nd April) marks the 2 year anniversary of Mike’s passing, so I thought it would be a good time to detail the often hinted upcoming changes to the site that will be going live over the next week:
Top of the list is the change in name which has already been implemented.
We will not be rewriting history. We will not be changing old post contents. We are not banning or scrubbing words.
I’m not going to go into details about why the name was changed. That and settling on a new name was hard enough. It’s done and not open for debate.
There are a few rule changes and rejigging of the store and you can read about all the changes here.
It’s an enormously positive move that should be celebrated although I get the sense that many people are not particularly happy about it – never has the disapproving cat looked so disapproving. I know that Mike in the past was strongly against the idea. And you can understand the frustration of being criticised because of a couple of funny words when you’ve created a huge and wonderfully helpful community forum. However, like it or not, the name made it difficult for some people to access the resource whether through work filtering, the perceived blokey environment or simple embarrassment. Of course, you don’t have to visit these places if they offend you but the difficulty with that defense is that the Muff Wiggler forum is the official support forum of 52 boutique modular manufacturers which makes it a hard place to avoid if you are into modular synthesis.
What is fabulous is that we no longer have to moan or groan or roll our eyes at each other over the juvenile naming of forums and places of community and support. It’s become a non-issue and we can focus on music-making, enjoying electronics and making the industry a more inclusive and open place.
So, if you never have, why not go and visit the Mod Wiggler forum and enjoy the wealth of experience, information and community it can offer.
- Mod Wiggler forum.