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Re: DEP1: Non Maintainer Uploads (final call for review)

Ben Finney <ben+debian@benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> Roberto C. Sánchez <roberto@connexer.com> writes:
> > On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 08:16:56PM -0300, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> > > The whole developers-reference is written in a non-gender-neutral
> > > manner. If there's consensus that it's a good idea, I would prefer
> > > if the whole devref was converted at once, instead of converting
> > > only this part.
> > > 
> > Any particular reason why it must be gender neutral?
> The same reason it should be race-neutral; the use of gender-specific
> language in reference to a person, when we can make no valid
> assumption of their gender, is needlessly discriminatory.

However, balance of examples and judicious use of "one" and "a
developer" would be better than butchering the English language and
making the document more confusing by using "they" to stand for a
definite singular quantity without context.

MJ Ray (slef)
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