Opposing efforts to emasculate the Debian project, huh. Well, that is a great concern. Maintaining Debian is, after all, a task on par with felling giant redwoods, repairing punctured truck tyres using only your teeth, and ghostbusting.
The Debian Project is considering replacing all instances of "chairman" with "chair" in its constitution – the blueprint that defines the management of the GNU/Linux distribution. Argentinian Debian developer Margarita Manterola, who is also a member of the Debian Women project, proposed the change this month: The Debian …
Saturday 16th July 2016 03:45 GMT Number6
Saturday 16th July 2016 07:56 GMT ckdizz
Re: Wrong usage
Chair is the correct term in the UK parliament select committees, and the Australian Senate and House committees. Chairperson is the correct term in the NZ parliament select committees. They refer to them in all committees in all three countries as Mr Chair or Madam Chair, or usually, in the third person, the Chair.
Are you concerned that the person sitting in the chair might confuse your address with the actual chair? I'm pretty sure this has happened at some point in at least one movie. But following the literal path, addressing them as Mr Chairman means you actually have to find the guy with the surname Chairman. Or maybe the person who made the chair. Or who lists the chair as an asset in his cost code? Where would you like to stop with the literal approach? It could be the modern day Who's On First, although knowing boardrooms, taking that approach could be just as productive as anything else that happens in there.
So, in lieu of giving in to a surreal form of literalism, regardless of how hilarious it could be, the correct term is whatever the organisation decides it is. I'm sure organisations across the world are replete with designations that confuse and disorient people such as yourself with a rigid approach to boardroom etiquette, but the easiest and most respectful way to handle these tricky situations is to address people how they want to be addressed, and use the designations the organisation has decided they want to use.
Sunday 17th July 2016 08:20 GMT Anonymous Coward
Re: Wrong usage
'..So, in lieu of giving in to a surreal form of literalism, regardless of how hilarious it could be, the correct term is whatever the organisation decides it is. '
On an 'utterly insignificant little blue green planet'
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT: Address the chair.
CROWD MEMBERS: Yes.
FORD: There isn’t a chair! There’s only a rock!
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT: Well, call it a chair.
FORD: Why not call it a rock?
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT: You - you obviously have no conception of modern business methods…
FORD: And you have no conception of where the hell you are -
MARKETING GIRL: Oh look shut up you two, just shut up! I want to table a motion.
Guy: Boulder a motion you mean…
FORD: Tha-Thank you I think I’ve made that point! Now listen!
Someone: Order, Order!
THHGTTG (Fit the Sixth) - D.Adams.
Oh God! indeed. Apropos the subject of the main article, every time I see this sort of bloody nonsense appear I keep thinking 'we're really still mostly "B" Ark material as a planet' . The people behind this sort of scheiße always remind me of the pigs from Animal Farm, specifically, they're like an army of little 'Squealers', such 'unspecial' little snowflakes themselves..(Aye, right.)
Saturday 16th July 2016 13:30 GMT Anonymous Coward
Saturday 16th July 2016 15:16 GMT Will Godfrey
Saturday 16th July 2016 17:29 GMT Barry Rueger
Sunday 17th July 2016 02:18 GMT PNGuinn
Re: Seriously? I'm 2016?
"The whole "debate" disappeared about the same time that most of us stopped referring to "coloured people.""
Which always makes me angry. I may only be a somewhat pale yuckey beigey pink, but I'm still bloody "coloured" not "white".
I often think that these political shenanigans with language are designed by the devious to CREATE division and more jobs for the thought police.
In the meantime I'll continue to use the English I know and use the traditional term, rather than a address a piece of furniture.
Is that ok Madame Three Legged Stool Man?? Or would you prefer Mr Naughtystep?
Saturday 16th July 2016 19:20 GMT Cynical Observer
This change can be applied by a simple sed command (s/Chairman/Chair/g).
I'm more concerned that a dev would propose a case sensitive sed command where it should be case intensive. Surely (yes I did just call you....) not all instances of chairman/chair/chairperson would be capitalised? .....
FWIW - I gave up years ago on the degenderfication of positions - they told me I was being silly when I suggested it should be personholes! I'm now too old to care what the call them.
Though thinking on it, should we have Personchester where Personcunians live?
Sunday 17th July 2016 12:17 GMT Anonymous Coward
ONE Sod Holds Everyone Hostage.
I'll repost my comment from the AdBlocker thread:
The majority of the people make it very clear they do not want ads, little is done except creatively finding ways to place more.
One small-minded person is offended by song lyrics, gets government to ban it across an entire nation.
(the decisions was quickly reversed, but displays the power of one sod)
The inmates are running the asylum.
Everyone is so ashamed of their gender. She is a chairwoman. He is a chairman.
Well, if he gives in to this, should be chair-male, as he would be NO man!