In a programming context, I want to use the term 'dogpile' like 'Let's all dogpile on this latest change, document what bugs exists and fix them'. ie. A group effort of everyone focusing on one particular thing.

The problem is - 'dogpile' has unfriendly connotations - it's often synonymous with bullying.

Is there an alternative word that doesn't have the bullying connotation?

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    I always thought that dogpile was the friendlier alternative to something now unprintable.
    – tchrist
    Jun 2 at 23:02
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    what’s wrong with “focus”?
    – Jim
    Jun 2 at 23:24
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    "work together"
    – Barmar
    Jun 2 at 23:48
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    Or gang up on the problem. I thought dog pile was the polite term for canine excrement. Yeah! Let's all do that!
    – Elliot
    Jun 3 at 3:45
  • @Elliot Oh god. I hadn't even thought of that.
    – dwjohnston
    Jun 3 at 3:54

2 Answers 2


If you want a verb:

Let's all jump on this latest change, document what bugs exist, and fix them.

Jump on:

  1. To start something early or ahead of others, in order to gain an advantage. If we want to beat the competition, we should really jump on this project now.

If you want a noun:

Jump-something, e.g. jump list, jump issue, jump topic, jump task

You wouldn't be the first to use "jump" in a creative way. For example, Windows has a jump list, which it defines as:

A jump list is a system-provided menu that appears when the user right-clicks a program in the taskbar or on the Start menu.

This usage is not exactly the same as what you want -- it's things to jump to, whereas you want things to jump on. But you get to provide the context to your colleagues in your other communications.

Alternatively you could use your word, focus: focus list, focus item[s], etc., or the already established hot list, hot topics, etc.

hot: 6a: of intense and immediate interest

  • I'm looking for a noun. Basically something to name a slack channel. 'issue-jump-on' doesn't really work. Maybe 'issue-trampoline'.
    – dwjohnston
    Jun 3 at 6:09
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    @dwjohnston You're not looking for a noun in your question. In "let's all dogpile", dogpile is a verb.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 3 at 8:53

Collaborate (or collab, for short): It sounds more professional than other words or phrases. From Oxford Languages, online: collaborate - work jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something.

  • You should include a dictionary definition for your suggestion to show how it fits the question. Jun 3 at 15:21

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