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RV: Re: [Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#391717: gender in /etc/passwd


Dunno why I haven't received back the copy for my message sent to the list or
in the bug report. I'm resending it just in case.


 --- Miriam Ruiz <little_miry@yahoo.es> escribió:

> Hi,
> I think it's a great idea to find a way to use gender in i18n. I think it
> makes the system much more user-friendly and I fully support the idea.
> I'm not sure if /etc/passwd and GECOS is the proper way to handle that,
> anyway. I wouldn't really like a gender field used for anything else than
> i18n. For example I think it would be a horrible idea to have the user's
> gender appear in finger reports. I repeat that I wouldn't like having a
> gender
> field for anything else than i18n.
> I don't know what the best technical solution is, but I like the idea of
> being
> able to have my system referring to me in feminine for a change, and I guess
> many female users whould thank that too. Thanks for bringing this topic.
> Regarding the discussion about other possible enum values than feminine,
> masculine or undefined, I don't really think they make sense in this
> context,
> because linguistically most transgendered people tend to identify themselves
> with one of those labels. It would be useless.
> Greetings,
> Miry
>  --- Robert Millan <rmh@aybabtu.com> escribió:
> > Well, there are some constructions (even in English, although much less
> > common)
> > that can only be made with assumption on the user's gender.  For example
> in
> > Catalan (and probably most latin languages) you can't ask "Are you sure
> you
> > want
> > to xxxxx?" (a pretty common question in computing) without assuming the
> user
> > is
> > male or female.  Usualy the former is assumed, but I find this a bit
> > disrespectful, specialy since making debian more friendly to the female
> > public
> > [1] is a common concern in our community nowadays.
> > 
> > [1] Which reminds me debian-women might want to be CCed..

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