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re: GitHub to replace racially-loaded terms (master, slave, blacklist and whitelist) VIEW POST

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Considering that tech has moved towards worker for a while, I'm not surprised by the change. Like, boss-worker nodes vs. master-slave nodes. Or even child processes. Things that are under or spawned off of a controlling element have been moving away from historically charged phrasing.

I'm glad to see them making progress towards a better way of phrasing, but it makes me think less of them that they're doing it now... There's no way they actually care and aren't just doing it for the pat on the back for being progressive during #blacklivesmatter.

 

Wait until someone thinks "child process" is offensive because of "child labor".

There's no way they actually care and aren't just doing it for the pat on the back for being progressive

Exactly. GitHub has far worse social problems to fix than the name of a branch (see point 6 in my post).

 

Thanks for gathering all of point 4 in one spot! I remember each of those individually, but seeing them all in one place is particularly damning.

I don't know about the point here, though (and similarly point 3 at your write-up). Since language and meaning evolve over time, I don't see an issue with renaming child processes if a lot of people associate it with child labor instead. In that case, it doesn't affect me at all if it stays or if it changes, but it could help people if it changes, so net win. This is also why I see Github's timing as the suspicious part -- they're getting positive feedback and recognition for something that they weren't affected by and a lot of people in what they see as affected populations don't see issue with.

They aren't doing it out of empathy when there's rarely a person affected. They're doing it to look good.

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