Inspired by discussions on using the floppy disk icon for save button, and how this might not be good enough nowdays since nobody uses floppy disks anymore, I started thinking of the word "save" itself.
It's worth thinking about ways to simplify or eliminate the "save" metaphor. When you think about it, having to "save" work all the time is somewhat silly.
"Save" is a bit drastic word. It indicates that something is about to be lost, and you need to take immediate action to save it from destruction.
In an application that is not stable, this is maybe not far from the truth, but that's not the ideal...
When I look down here as I am typing this question, there are no "Save" button. The button is instead called "Post Your Question".
Is it better to make more use of context specific actions, and for those situations where a more general word is needed - is there a better word to use?