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Although I think the concept and content of this article is an excellent idea, I wonder if Dictionary is the best title for this article. SAS has a Dictionary data structure and I would have thought that this article would be about that subject rather than being a glossary or index of SAS related key words. I am not sure you mean this article to be a dictionary, but at present it looks like a glossary to me. I am not saying the title is wrong. (The article is still developing after all.) I am just seeking to understand why this particular title was chosen over other alternatives. - Cameron (talk) 21:07, 16 May 2016 (CDT)

These are good points. The page title is certainly open for discussion. Based on the first sentences of the Wikipedia articles, I could see why we might want to rename it to "Glossary." Perhaps our "Dictionary" page could be like Wikipedia's disambiguation pages, and note the conflict you mention. - paulkaefer (talk) 08:39, 17 May 2016 (CDT)
Before taking any action, like making this article a disambiguation page, I would like to see others contribute their opinions. - Cameron (talk) 08:03, 18 May 2016 (CDT)
Glossary or Index makes the most sense to me. i do not believe that we currently have any disambiguation pages, which is not to say that we shouldn't.--Art Carpenter (talk) 01:15, 20 May 2016 (CDT)
I think articles like DELETE are de facto disambiguation pages. It is just that they haven't been identified as such, yet. - Cameron (talk) 04:41, 20 May 2016 (CDT)
One more comment on the title: I'm in favor of keeping it Dictionary; I'll give the reader the credit of figuring out that it doesn't mean a hash table/SAS dictionary table. We could use something like Wikipedia's about (This page is about X. For Y, see page Y.). But if others think calling this page Glossary, that makes sense, as well. Index to me is what the Sasopedia/Topics page is for.
Weighing in on the disambiguation page discussion, I just created PROC SQL vs. DATA Step. It's a common question, and multiple papers have similar titles. The idea is to point a reader to various disparate resources, rather than just linking to one paper. I mention it as an example of why our community has need of disambiguation pages.
We definitely have other examples of de facto disambig pages, as Cameron mentions. - paulkaefer (talk) 09:58, 21 September 2016 (CDT)

Article content

This article appears to be evolving into primarily a list of acronyms and a few other abbreviations that are commonly used by people in the SAS programming and user community. I am wondering if the name of this article should be Acronyms or pehaps Jargon? I do not see much about concepts and wonder if there would benefit from having a separate Concepts article. - Cameron (talk) 19:04, 27 May 2016 (CDT)

I started this page with the title "Dictionary" since everyone knows what a dictionary is (in the language sense). I've seen this title in another wiki (with the same general page idea/structure) and in technical documents. If this still causes confusion, I'd vote to put a see also or about note like on Wikipedia.
Since May, this page has definitely evolved from just acronyms, so I think we should stick with Dictionary, or Art's suggestion (above) of Glossary. Index is problematic, as it suggests links to every occurrence (as within a textbook). Jargon is a bit informal, and the vast majority of these are technical terms used across computing fields.
I definitely would want to see several more community members with strong opinions. If there is no strong consensus, I'd say leave it as-is. - paulkaefer (talk) 10:15, 22 December 2016 (CST)

Page benefits

The top benefit of this page (in my mind) is a place where you can look up acronyms and terms that may be obscure or more or less exclusive to SAS users. Some of these acronyms have other meanings, but this disambiguates their meaning in the fields of data analytics and SAS programming.

This is also a great page to help index pages on the wiki and find categories that you may not realize, since they don't have "main pages." It can potentially help combat orphaned pages. A big benefit of a wiki, in my experience, is the interconnected web of pages, so you can find all kinds of "rabbit holes" by starting on one page and seeing where links follow. And of course, to allow users to edit and create pages that don't already exist. - paulkaefer (talk) 13:32, 22 August 2016 (CDT)