One thing I have noticed over the years of being on Stack Exchange sites is the consistent use of “Hey guys…” as an opening declaration of many question and answer posts. Not everyone who participates on Stack Exchange sites is a guy — or even desires to identify as a “guy” — right?
When I catch them, I remove them while keeping post context in mind. But considering the Stack Exchange network’s desire to make this place a more friendly and welcoming place for all, would it make sense to add a “Hey guys…” filter that would warn or prevent posts from being made of the words “Hey guys…” show up in the post?
- Super User: Here are the search results I found on Super User. As of this post it shows about 80+ posts with “Hey guys…” very clearly at the beginning of each post.
- Stack Overflow: And when rolling over into Stack Overflow, a similar search shows about 9640+ posts with “Hey guys…” right at the beginning of the post as well.
The type of filter I am thinking of is similar to the one that catches anyone posting a question title with the word “Help” in it. But in this case it would — of course — attempt to detect words in the body content of posted questions and answers.
What the wording of that red text would be and what would it link to? Unclear myself. And I would not be insistent that posts be completely blocked due to “Hey guys…” triggering a warning; perhaps something like an “FYI” box shows up that allows an original poster to self-edit if need be. And perhaps limit such a filter to the tech-focused sites since those fields — for better or worse — tend to be male dominated.
But I personally find the low-level buzz of “Hey guys…” being posted on Stack Exchange sites something that can be dealt with and lead to positive outcomes for all.
And honestly, it seems to consistently be in the first two words of the body of a post, see screenshot below of the results on Stack Overflow for example:
And for context for those who don’t really understand the issue of using “guys” casually like this, here are two decent articles that delve into this issue:
- “Why I’m finally convinced it’s time to stop saying “you guys”” by Jenée Desmond-Harris (Vox, June 11, 2015)
- “The Problem With ‘Hey Guys’” by Joe Pinsker (The Atlantic, August 23, 2018)
- “Is it time to stop saying ‘guys’ at work?” by Grace Jennings-Edquist (ABC Life, October 15, 2018)
- “‘Guys’: the new 4-letter word (and how we tried to say it less)” by Sara Bent (Hotjar’s Blog, April 19, 2019)