I noticed yesterday the new Code of Conduct FAQ (CoC): Official FAQ on gender pronouns and Code of Conduct changes
This appears to be relevant to Keelan's reason to resign since he also mentioned this post: Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community? That post mentions Monica Cellio's post on Judaism Meta Stack Exchange: https://judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/q/5193
There may be problems with this new CoC. For example, consider this FAQ question:
Q2: What does the Code of Conduct say about gender pronouns?
The Code of Conduct has two direct references to gender pronouns:
- “Use stated pronouns (when known).”
- “Prefer gender-neutral language when uncertain.”
We’re asking everyone to do two things. First, if you do know someone’s pronouns (e.g. because they told you), then use them as you normally would use any pronoun. Second, if you don’t know someone’s pronouns, use gender-neutral language rather than making an assumption.
This does not allow one the option to use gender-neutral pronouns, such as "OP", if one knows the poster's preference.
Another CoC question is the following:
Q11: If I’m uncomfortable with a particular pronoun, can I just avoid using it?
We are asking everyone to use all stated pronouns as you would naturally write. Explicitly avoiding using someone’s pronouns because you are uncomfortable is a way of refusing to recognize their identity and is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
This makes it explicit that one is not allowed to "avoid using someone's pronouns" by using a gender-neutral reference.
I generally use gender-neutral references, such as "OP" or the singular "they". I am also not politically interested in this issue. As a regular member, an option for me is to simply ignore responding to such posts. Also I haven't seen any challenging issue related to gender pronouns so far on this site.
However, I can see how a moderator would be placed in a compromising position in the future when responding to flags based on posts designed to test the moderator's compliance with this policy. I can see why Keelan would want to resign because of that.
Normally, I do not down vote. Since this question on Meta Stack Exchange is effectively a vote on this CoC, I down voted it and gave this reason in a comment:
I downvoted because of Q11 and Q2. People need to have the option to use gender-neutral pronouns, or "OP", whenever they wish and in any circumstances. This should be made explicit. Otherwise this policy is itself a form of harassment. As I read it, the policy is hostile and unwelcoming. That needs to be corrected.
I encourage people to review this update to the CoC on Meta Stack Exchange and vote.