dogfood

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dogfood in the context of the indieweb, refers to the software practice of "eating your own dog food" but in particular with using your own creations on your own personal site that you depend on, day to day. Beginning in 2019, the community began actively eschewing the words dogfood and selfdogfooding for the more positive framing of the phrase "eat what you cook".

Eating what you cook in particular is one of several IndieWeb principles.

Since colloquial usage is a bit broader and (mis)biased toward a "a company [using] its own product", thereby implying people using work creations on work sites (rather than their own individual/personal sites), and not necessarily depending on them, it's helpful to have a more specific, more meaningful term to use in broader contexts:

Criticism

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_your_own_dog_food#Criticisms_and_support for starters.

Negative gender and cultural associations

Self-associating with "dog" is possibly particularly negatively gendered and offensive in some cultures.

Lingo

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