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There is a job posting I saw on the side:

Wanted: Python Developer (m/f) at Ableton AG (Berlin, Germany)

Two things come to mind:

  • "Male or Female", which just seems odd, or
  • "Monday through Friday", which seems more relevant, but also strange to put in the job title.

Anyone know what this means?

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Your first thought was the right one: It stands for Male/Female. In German job offers, the term (m/w) (männlich/weiblich -> male/female) is used.

This comes from the fact that in German, nouns like job descriptions have both a male and a female form (e.g. Lehrer and Lehrerin for teacher). Since companies want to show that they are open to male and female applicants, but always writing both forms is a waste of time/space/letters/bandwidth, the form Job Title (m/w) came to be.

The advertisement you read was obviously translated by someone who didn't think of the fact that English does not have any gender distinction in job titles.

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That's not anywhere near as cool as I was hoping. – TheTXI Jul 28 '09 at 17:48
    
Brilliant, thanks for satisfying my curiosity, which demands I find out thins that I really don't need to know :-) – Kyle Brandt Jul 28 '09 at 18:09
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@TheTXI, actually, that is much cooler than I was hoping. I don't care if he's making it up. That answer is awesome. For the record, I don't think he's making it up. – devinb Jul 28 '09 at 18:21
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It would be nice if there was a way to flag these ads so they can update their listings. – ThomasW Aug 10 '15 at 7:14

Based on their job posting at CrunchBoard.com

The only logical sense I can see is that the "m" stands for "Mid-career (2+ years experience)" and the "f" stands for "Full Time/Permanent"

Edit Apparently Treb knows much better than I.

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Good guess though... – jjnguy Jul 28 '09 at 17:50
    
I wish logic had anything to do with this... sigh – Treb Jul 28 '09 at 17:52
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mayhaps you ought to delete your incorrect answer? Although I do enjoy that "the only logical sense" bit. – devinb Jul 28 '09 at 18:22

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