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Today, I received the following message from the mods according to Cody Gray ♦, it was actually from CM mods/SE staff - not from user-elected SO voluntary mods:
Could you please remove the it from your profile? It's snarky and somewhat rude, even offensive towards some people. I'd really appreciate it if you could.
(I got it on SO site, to be exact)
'The it' they are referring to is, as far as I understand, from this paraphrased Orwell quote:
No animal shall kill any other animal
itthey didn't use valid pronouns.
I honestly fail to see how quoting (and paraphrasing, as far as the second part goes) Orwell in reference to recent SE events and/or using '
that pronoun they' in reference to an animal in my personal profile is, quote, "rude, even offensive towards some people", assuming the people are sane. I can agree it's snarky - it was intended to be. It's the only way to express the amount of stress and frustration the recent pronoun/Monica/Sarah/CC4.0/mod vacuum/nonapology/post-it-to-newspapers drama caused me.
I can understand that the n-word is a racial slur. I can understand that the f-word refers to a sexual act and thus is considered taboo (see the linked meta answer from Atwood about the possibility of usage in profile though). Still, if using that pronoun is now considered so rude/offensive in reference to a literal animal that usage in the profile page is verboten, what will be next?
FWIW, I don't care much about my fake internet points and virtual swag. I do still care about the freedom of self expression. Since I'm obviously "a troll" (as a mod themself put it about two weeks ago) I anticipated this action, and for this reason explicitly put
Blank me, ban me, delete me; be my guest.
in my profile already. What is sad that nobody bothered to comply with my request, instead spamming me with yet another "you're rude" mod message.
I guess I'm done, like the other people before me. I'm not a mod, not even a past one, I'm not a honcho with million rep, nobody will care and nobody will miss me. I've removed the offensive word from my profile. Still, I won't remove Orwell from my profile. If removed - I'll revert it. If suspended - I won't care, I'll do it again. If permabanned - I'll sigh with relief.
If I'm really a troll, if all my answers, rep, badges & time wasted are worth less than my "privilege", now revoked, to quote Orwell - so be it. I'm in no position to change anything. I can only complain.
The question that I want to leave to the community here - where will you draw the line?