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December 15th, 2009

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04:46 am - Oh LJ...
LiveJournal's making a change to the gender setting on the profile page.

* Gender will be a mandatory field at account creation.

* LiveJournal is removing the Unspecified option for the gender field. That's right: you get to be male or female. Period. That's it. (Source.)

I... I don't even have words to explain how much this hurts me. And it does hurt, because I can't see what good limiting the gender option does at all, especially if the information is staying private.

It's probably silly of me to be crying about this, but I just don't need this shit right now.

(For those who'd like suggestions on how to deal with this, this post has some ideas, which is where I found out about it.)

[Edit] Apparently the change is not going through (edit at the bottom of the page), sorry!
Current Mood: crushedcrushed

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Date:December 15th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
Official line is that it was a fuck-up. Now, I'm willing to buy that because it never went live, the code in question contains other fuckups and the code in question would not totally remove the 'unspecified' option (which I would expect a policy-change to do).

However, even if we are to accept that it was a simple fuck-up (and, I write code for a living... such fuck ups are not unknown) this is one in a long line of fuckups that hit marginalised groups HARD and barely impact on other people. This, to me, speaks of a lack of diversity training and awareness at LJ-Central (and indeed, in companies in general). Yes, it's easy to sleepily write code that omits some option the policy says should be there - but it is easier if you personally didn't really know/care why that option was there, if you care about the option you're less likely to forget about it when coding.
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Date:December 15th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I agree.

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