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  1. How did Tomcat get its name?
  2. How do I contribute a question?


How did Tomcat get its name?

He (James Duncan Davidson) came up with "Tomcat" since the animal represented something that could take care of itself and fend for itself. That's how he came up with the name.

How do I contribute a question?

  • Make sure the question has been asked more than once
  • Make sure the answer(s) given are correct
  • Select the right FAQ section in Confluence
  • Edit Confluence, keeping to the existing format and layout
  • Add your question to the list at the start of the page
  • Don't forget to add an anchor to the start of your answer