The question entitled "Post for clarifications on the updated pronouns FAQ" has become a protected post so that I cannot reply to it. I do not have a reputation greater than 10 without the association bonus, so I decided to post my question here. If this is unacceptable, please close it or do whatever you have to do. (Edit: The question has since been un-protected, but since I already posted this question, I will leave it here.)
I have been noticing over the last few days a trend of moderating where any attempt to question the new preferred pronoun policy is removed.
This is a genuine question and not an attempt to be provocative. I am genuinely curious if this moderating is going to be applied to the entire site, or if this was just selective moderating due to concerns of relevance for certain, particular questions. Does the new CoC prevent us from engaging in discussion about whether the policy on preferred pronouns is a good idea? I suppose if a moderator deletes or closes this question, I will have my answer.
The new FAQ does discuss whether discussion about pronouns is permitted, but the language it uses raises more questions than it answers. For completeness sake I include it here:
- Am I forbidden to express my opinion about this?
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I am not sure if my opinion about the policy itself is relevant to the question, but for completeness sake, I include it here: I support the enforced use of preferred pronouns, but think people who disagree with this policy should be allowed to say that they disagree and why. I will not elaborate here further.