Vindicated by History (maybe)
About two years ago, I filed a common complaint about the muddiness of Drupal's terminology. So that blog post was addressing the lack of clarity of terms like story/page/post/content and some other things like the "content construction kit" that doesn't actually make content. As a trainer I get to explain these terms over and over again.
Well, I was thinking back to that post while perusing the admin menus of Drupal 7 and I was pleased to see some of the changes (for the better) that have been implemented since May 2008. I noticed that the "Story" content type is now called "Article", CCK's port into core is now called Fields, and even the area that was called "User Management" is being called "People" which was a thought I suggested that earned me a hearty scoffing. That's fine, I've gotten used to taking a little heat as one of those guys that works at the intersection between developers and other people, but I feel relieved that these terms will make it easier for my trainees gel their understanding of the concepts.
No doubt the people joining the Drupal project now can thank all the usability testing that the Drupal Association facilitated, as well as the influence of the D7UX effort, for not having to suffer through some muddy times.
Of course, there are new terms to use and learn - like the difference between "Entities" and "Bundles" in the Fields API. Let's see how my students approach that vocabulary on May 24.