Main Question or Discussion Point
I know that it is a common question to wonder why there are only 8 gluons, so I am sorry for bringing it up again. I have been reading a lot lately about SU(3) and Hermitian Matrices with trace 0, and basically everything seems to make sense, that is except for one item. Despite seeing logic in all the mathematics, it seems that each of the 8 gluons should have a name, so a list of these names should be easily made. I would love to see such a list, but I do not see how one can eliminate a single name from the list of 9 gluons that is so simply conceived by any novice learning of color charge before learning that there are indeed only 8 gluons.