How could IBM have settled at ‘Q’ while naming its system objects?

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for e.g. QSYS, QSJSENDER, QCMDEXC, QDDSSRC

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It is least likely to be used by a customer for their naming conventions. You will also similar thinking in a lot of other areas where the use of some letters like O and I are not used because of the similarity to zero and one causing confusion and typos if entering data.

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  • Splat
    It's one of the least used letters of the alphabet.
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  • GregManzo
    Splat is correct. Check your Scrabble set - Q is worth 10 points. (So is Z but it's too much of a cliche)
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  • WoodEngineer
    IBM also wanted something which would identify an object as part of the systems infrastructure - something supplied by IBM.
    In the early days of the IBM i's predecessor, System/38, there was a terrific tech magazine named Q38.   
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  • rajat01
    Or maybe, 'cause, the system primarily deals with the data processing, hence Q perfectly represents the importance of 'Queuing Theory' in a data-processing system. Maybe.
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  • ToddN2000
    True a lot of Q's on the system MSGQ, DTAQ, JOBQ, OUTQ, DSTQ, USRQ, PRTQ, DPCQ, FAXQ.
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  • Splat
    But no Qbert.
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  • ToddN2000
    @Splat: They did but he jumped ship :) That brought back memories.
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  • aceofdelts
    I always thought it was because the person who decided had 17 fingers
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  • ej
    I recall that "back in the day" of System 3 and S34 / S36 IBM used # and $ sign to preface their utility programs and they were criticized for being to imperialistic using $ and #. So when they came out with the S38, they chose something less likely to be so controversial.
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  • Rrbond07
    My understanding is that it is a carry-over from the SYS36 and SYS38.
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