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Being excellent to one another

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Being excellent to one another
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:43:20 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.1 (gnu/linux)

Hi there,

Gentlefolks, please everyone calm down.  Being rude or insulting to
fellow hackers is not acceptable on the project’s communication
channels, period.  When you feel unable to express your disagreement in
a constructive and respectful manner, please delay your reply until you
can do that.

We added to the contribution guidelines in the manual a while back an
item about using gender-neutral wording in our documentation.  We’ll do
that because I believe it’s one of the modest ways in which we can help
fight gender bias in our domain, and because it’s a tiny effort and
leads to “valid” understandable English (there’s lots of documentation
about the origins of singular they, BTW.)

Besides, while I appreciate it when native English speakers provide
corrections and guidance, I think we as a project must tolerate English
mistakes in our communication.  The reason for this is very simple: most
contributors are not native English speakers.  English is our
communication medium; it shouldn’t be a hindrance to the inclusion of
contributors who do not master it.

Happy hacking!


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