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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    What is "meant" is often less important than what is "taken".

    No. None of us can please everyone. But we should take care to avoid offense to the extent that we can.
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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by help_me2 View Post
    ... are we supposed to know what is acceptable in every country? Sometimes I think people are a little too sensitive in this day and age.
    The obvious answer to this is 'no', but the issue is easily overcome by this solution which was also posted earlier (much):

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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    What is "meant" is often less important than what is "taken".

    No. None of us can please everyone. But we should take care to avoid offense to the extent that we can.
    I guess that's why the net is a world unto itself. It's different than face-to-face interactions. People misinterpret posts all the time, and the op has to apologize, explaining what they really meant. Emoticons and just explaining yourself clearly can definitely help.

    But I still stand by my assertion that society as a whole is way too sensitive.

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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by help_me2 View Post
    But I still stand by my assertion that society as a whole is way too sensitive.
    It is not about being too sensitive but about being inclusive. What you see as a restriction can be seen as including a broader group. Misconceptions, both ways, blur that kind of conversation.

    QIII +1. We are international help forums for an OS, not the general society, we have rules, the place is moderated and administrated. There are plenty of other places on the internet where the line is drawn at a different level if the one we have here does not fit you.
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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    Political correctness gone mad. You guy's Lol.
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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    I see nothing politically correct in trying to be respectful of other forum users, by not making unwarranted assumptions about gender, age, social background, technical proficiency in Ubuntu, or any other of the million ways I could mentally pigeon-hole people into categories that might discomfort them. And I see nothing politically correct in trying to find ways of expressing myself so that I can aware of any tendency that I might have towards unconscious stereotyping.

    Now can we please get back on-topic, which is about the best gender-neutral way of addressing others on this forum?

    For what it's worth, I usually use the pronouns they and them (and possessive form their) when referring to other forum users. Although strictly ungrammatical when used in the singular in English, these are at least gender neutral.
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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post

    Now can we please get back on-topic, which is about the best gender-neutral way of addressing others on this forum?
    how about people?
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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecat View Post
    For what it's worth, I usually use the pronouns they and them (and possessive form their) when referring to other forum users. Although strictly ungrammatical when used in the singular in English, these are at least gender neutral.
    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    how about people?
    A non native English speaker, I found it strange to use third person plural to avoid specifying gender, when it is actually third person singular (he or she), but I see that it is often use here, and I'm getting used to it.

    I can't stop thinking about the first person issue. When I say 'we', we are talking about me and my lice. When the king says 'we', he is talking about himself, oops, I mean, when the regent says 'we', they are talking about themselves (and maybe their people too).


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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    As this site forbids discussion of anything related to politics, religion,gender, sexual orientation etc. and given the multicultural nature of our community a single nongender related term might be hard to define. To me the term OP seems flat and distant, except of course when im suffering from cranial flatulation. So perhaps the one universal term
    that is not gender specific and does reflect a sense of community. Friend/s?
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    Re: Avoid Gender-Specific "Guys" on Ubuntu Forum?

    When I say ''we'' on forums, I generally mean to address the whole community including me. I'm fine with referring person in question as OP tbh, its a practice followed by lot of people on different forums, so this is not an unknown ground. Freind/s does have a nice sound to it :3

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