Reply to post: Re: What type of interactions are the mods having on SE????

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Re: What type of interactions are the mods having on SE????

Far too many people these days take offence (real or feigned) at things where no offense was meant. Often in completely inappropriate circumstances, such as technical discussions.

Accidentally, unknowingly using the wrong personal pronoun isn't disrespectful, especially when it's unclear what said pronoun should be, and when English lacks appropriate neutral personal pronouns - "it" is considered rude, but what's the alternative?

Reusing incorrect assignment can be abusive, sure, but don't instantly assume someone's being a twat when the reality is they simply don't know which term to use. Most people aren't deliberately being an arse, they just lack some information about a person, information that person considers crucial.

So many people take innocuous statements far too personally. There's a time and place, and an SO discussion usually isn't either.

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