In the current version of The Loop, one of the options for racial background is spelt “Black or of African decent”, rather than “Black or of African descent”.

I tried notifying Sara Chipps by @ commenting her yesterday, but didn’t get a response. (Maybe she doesn’t check her notifications often?) This was first noticed a week ago.

I know that some users would rather that racial background doesn’t get asked at all - there’s another question here about that. I know that some people think that “Black” shouldn’t be grouped with “African descent” - if nothing else, I assume it’s to make the option symmetrical with “White or of European descent”, an option which is preferred over just “White”. But can we agree on fixing a typo even if we can’t agree upon everything else?

Yes, it’s just a typo. But considering that in the previous version of the survey they had totally excluded this group, and that Stack Exchange has placed a strong emphasis on users being respectful to each other, the company taking a bit of effort to be respectful would be appreciated.

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    Sara hasn't seen your comment. The last time she visited here was Nov 27 at 14:34.
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 22:10
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    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We're looking into getting it fixed. Apologies for the delay. I'll hopefully have an update soon.
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 3, 2019 at 23:36
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    This should be fixed now.
    – Catija
    Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 0:23
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    Well it's a bug. Small bug. I don't like SE, I don't like what they do, but that one is a pure human error. The lack of review is indeed annoying, but that's what we, the ordinary users, are for. Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 14:06
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    @Shadow: If only the corporation had a way to solicit feedback and review from its user community, gather bug reports and discuss changes to the platform ... Oh, wait.
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 16:08
  • @Robert they just did here. It's sad that they kick it and closing meta, but we can use it while it lasts, at least. Commented Dec 4, 2019 at 23:59


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