Talk:DOS (disambiguation)

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I think that the order of items on this disambiguation page is misleading. I think that far more people expect to see MS-DOS first, while the spanish number 2 definition is kind of silly. A Google Test shows that MS-DOS is the most commonly intended meaning of DOS, followed by the US Department of State. - DropDeadGorgias (talk) 18:22, Apr 19, 2004 (UTC)

OK, the new list is basically in order of the links I found from the google test.
Links 1,3,4,5,6,7,9 related to MS-DOS or Disk Operating System related topics
Link 2 was the US Department of State
Link 8 was a report on a large Denial of Service Attack
Link 11 was a site using the number 2 in spanish
The rest of the items on the disambig list were not represented in the first page of google results, so they remain arbitrarily ordered. - DropDeadGorgias (talk) 18:27, Apr 19, 2004 (UTC)

Close, DropDeadGorgias, but no cigar. The vast majority of the links are aimed at DOS not any particular flavour of it, such as DR-DOS or MS-DOS. Many of them are oxymoronic things like "MS-DOS for the IBM PC" - which, of course, didn't exist, as the IBM PC never shipped with MS-DOS!

Anyway, I'm trying to sort this rats nest out. Tannin 08:49, 25 Apr 2004 (UTC)

True or false?[edit]

True or false: there was once a time in history when this dis-ambiguation page was titled simply "DOS" with what is now DOS being something like DOS (system). 21:44, 8 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Who cares? Graue 22:15, 24 Apr 2005 (UTC)

The format of this page[edit]

IMHO it is important for the reader to know what are abbreviated "DoS" and what are abbreviated "DOS". Having separate paragraphs for each kind of capitalisations seems to be the norm, e.g. see UNO.

Also, it is better to categorise disambigs rather than have one gargantuan Category:disambiguations. Hence the use of {{TLAdisambig}}. Again, see for example, UNO. -- Paddu 14:39, 6 August 2005 (UTC)

This is a disambiguation page which also disambiguates terms which are not three letter abbreviations, so this template that does not include such terms is not appropriate for this page. Regardless, why is it better to have artificial division of disambiguation pages, and what is wrong with having a disambiguation Category with a multitude of items in it? - Centrx 01:49, 7 August 2005 (UTC)
Hmm, within the disambiguations of DOS, DoS and dos, the page also has the disambiguation of the TLA DOS, so TLAdisambig is appropriate. Otherwise we would have to split the page into separate disambigs for DOS, DoS and dos, in which case the TLAdisambig would be placed in the disambig for DOS. But clearly, it is better to put all disambigs in one page since readers might not know what is abbreviated DoS and what is abbreviated DOS.
Looking at other uses of TLAdisambig, it is obvious that it is intended to be used in this page too, but I'm not able to find any page that documents the purpose of TLAdisambig or any page that says why gigantic categories are bad. As such, I'm not really interested in TLAdisambig vs. disambig, so I'll leave it for those who are working on categorising disambigs to argue about why TLAdisambig should be used. For now you can change to {{disambig}} if you feel like. I'm sure someone would later change it to TLAdisambig (or some future variant).
Coming to the other change that kept getting reverted, I would like to ensure that the page clearly states what things are called DOS and what are called DoS so our readers don't get the wrong notion that all the things disambiguated are called DOS. I'm not bothered about the particular order of DOS, DoS, etc. but just that we should make it clear what is the correct acronym for each of the cases. Also, we have separate articles for DOS and disk operating system, which are not up for merging, and hence both should be mentioned in this page. -- Paddu 05:35, 7 August 2005 (UTC)
If you feel disk operating system is a rare usage, you could move it down. Also a better way of handling "denial of service" which is abbreviated DoS as well as DOS [1] [2] would be fine, but I want to ensure that we make it clear that e.g. the Dept. of State is DoS and density of states is DOS and the band is dos, and disk operating system is DOS. -- Paddu 05:44, 7 August 2005 (UTC)

DOS acronym for denial of service[edit]

Unless you can find a few instances of such actual use, it would seem that acronymfinder is simply incorrect about "DOS" being used as the capitalization for "denial of service". - Centrx 17:41, 13 August 2005 (UTC)

2 in Spanish[edit]

I don't know why this meaning of "dos" was removed but I put it back up. If you wish to discuss why the meaning of number two doesn't belong here, please do. --Sampi 03:11, 18 November 2005 (UTC)

Maybe because it's not an english meaning? Karol 08:24, 18 November 2005 (UTC)
Ok, fair enough. Removed. -- 22:05, 18 November 2005 (UTC)
I think that Spanish is a common enough language, and dos is a simple enough word that it is common knowledge that dos means two in Spanish. I therefore think it is appropriate for Wikipedia to mention this.-- 02:24, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
I have removed it. This is the English speaking Wikipedia. Kilo-Lima|(talk) 12:09, 7 April 2006 (UTC)


I have cleaned up the page. Kilo-Lima|(talk) 12:09, 7 April 2006 (UTC)