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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

I'm a member of the LGBT community. So perhaps, let me share our side of the story, rather than you folks making guess about our feelings. (Percentage-wise, the majority of you aren't LGBT.) The ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

Given that your motive behind this policy is to find a minimally offensive compromise, it's worth noting that some people, especially trans people with "he" or "she" pronouns, will consider referring ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

If you want to adopt this policy of your own free will, that's absolutely fine – with me. However, I fear that this is not how the upcoming Code of Conduct changes will be explained; all evidence so ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

1. Why people might avoid pronouns? The fact is that most people avoid using pronouns on users who are not clearly male nor clearly female not because they are queerphobic, transphobic or anything ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

I am trying to very carefully avoid any identity / personal values /... pitfalls here (and yes, I do have an opinion, but that’s absolutely not what I want to bring into this minefield) and stick to ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

English as a foreign language English is not my mother tongue. I have learned English at school and from books. English not being my mother tongue, I do not feel that I am allowed to change it; I ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

Following up on @Stephie's observation–see below–I would like to support it with something that just happened to me recently. Please don’t assume that a non-native speaker that already struggles with ...
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Neopronouns: please be lenient with users who are not native English speakers

Just a few things. Firstly, the major change to the CoC is around pronouns. Neopronouns is a subset of that. Secondly, I don't think even most native English speakers are aware of a majority of ...
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Neopronouns: please be lenient with users who are not native English speakers

There is an user I often chat with in one of our chat rooms. His mother language does not have gender specific pronouns in the first place. For this reason, he often switches "she" and "he" because ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

The problem with the imperative and declaratory is sometimes folks lose track of what's really important. People. We get too caught up in rules and debate and politics and... forget. A bunch of folks ...
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Neopronouns: please be lenient with users who are not native English speakers

will bring a lot of additional work to our moderators. Pronouns are not used very often. Neopronouns are even more rare. not penalize users that are not native English speakers This offical FAQ ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

I first joined the Stack Exchange back in 2012, on ELU. I liked the way it was different from other user forums; it was about getting answers – no distractions, no chitchat. It was largely drama-free. ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

After having read the open letter by Monica Cellio and the resignation by Caleb, I suspect that the new Code of Conduct (CoC) is going to treat avoiding the use of preferred pronouns as transphobic ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

The question in the title is easy to answer: Yes, there are objections. But ... the same would be true for any question that starts with "Are there any objections...?", so this won't help us ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

In my native language we don't have gendered pronouns. When I talk I have to use extra brain power to determine which pronoun to use as I was raised in an environment where this was a non-issue. It is ...
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Allow bilingual tags

Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be implemented in our current localization model (unless we take on a broader project of providing true, multi-national support with language-switching throughout ...
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"How to ... ?" questions might be wrong grammar. Will it help dropping the question mark for all questions or warning the user or something the like?

If you want to fix the grammar of "How to fix a collation conflict in a SQL Server query?" some possibilities might be: How do you fix a collation conflict in a SQL Server query? How should ...
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What level of English proficiency do we expect of people participating on SE sites?

As someone who participates on a site where people tend to write long posts (in fact, if someone writes something short, it's probably bad quality), I don't think this is an issue. For reference, the ...
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Editing a post by translating it

This might seem helpful, but unless you have indications the author actually speaks the site language, you shouldn't do it. As described here: Please do not translate posts for the OP. They need to ...
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How can an Arabic-only speaker benefit from different sites of Stack Exchange Network?

is there any way they can benefit from the Stack Exchange network? I guess the most trouble they will have is with finding the right posts. Because the search function works in English, and you need ...
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Should we attempt to salvage non-English questions?

This resurfaced again here: GIS-SE - Answer to XY points not displaying – now deleted after this discussion. I want to point out another issue with these kind of edits, and more importantly ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone? It's not my habit (though I might change my habit if asked). My habit is: Use "you" as a pronoun -- why gossip about 3rd parties? Refer ...
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{Request} Russian SE site for English language questions

asking and explaining in English is difficult for them Exactly, that's why they should practice English. Immersion is very important when acquiring a language. On English Language Learners, we see ...
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"How to ... ?" questions might be wrong grammar. Will it help dropping the question mark for all questions or warning the user or something the like?

Instead of using titles like: How do you fix a collation conflict in a SQL Server query? which inevitably results in a very large proportion of all questions having titles that begin with the same ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

I have another problem with the use of "they" that hasn't been mentioned yet. There are hundreds of minorities out there. People with special psychological conditions. People with special physical ...
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How can I ask a question when I have a poor grasp on English?

The question text changed repeatedly. "Profile deletion" is addressed in the older answer. Regarding nasty comments, the answer is: flag them. But to answer the question asked in the question title: ...
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Neopronouns: please be lenient with users who are not native English speakers

This call for leniency seems entirely unnecessary and seems to imply that the CoC changes are unusually punitive. But in reality, the changes to the CoC were minimal and more of a clarification then a ...
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The problematic of inter-language migrating, the difficult of communication and my personal case

There are a few issues here — there are quite a few sites that could be a good fit, and I don’t really know the norms of the sites other than my own. It’s not really a Super User question though — SU ...
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Are there any objections to using singular they for everyone?

Leaving this here as well. I point to this list here. List of protologisms/third person singular gender neutral pronouns I submit that they, them, or their be allowed to refer to any and all of ...
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