It was NOT widely communicated in July 2014, but some of us received a directive to abandon the use of Maintenance Level and ML in favor of using the [industry-standard] point release numbering scheme -- Pega 7.1.6, Pega 7.1.7, and Pega 7.1.8 -- going forward.
Do you want me to update the BUG or is that for someone else to do? As for naming I'm not sure what the standard is as I rely on the documentation team to update to the standard vebiage. Go forward we should pull this from the vertical doc teams and into the horizontal so we have more consistency across CS applications.
No need for you to update the doc bug. My note to the tech writer who is assigned the bug links to this discussion thread.
Yes, continue to rely on your doc team for naming and other standards.
You've hit the crux of the broader issue: Too many people across LOBs are "not sure what the standard is".
Until we (the wide audience of stakeholders/content owners) get a unified message regarding the usage of Pega 7.1.x versus Pega 7.1. MLx, I guess that we continue to do what we do -- and strive for consistency within our LOBs. We all do the best we can!