Removing sexist language

Can the default email notification message that comes with the software be revised to ensure all pronouns are gender neutral? For example, for an editor decline template email, it has the text, “This email is send to the author if the editor declines his submission initially, before the review stage.” I would vote in favour of using “their submission.” Thanks!

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Hi @virvine,

Yes, you can do it with modifying the email templates.

Regards, Primož

Hi @virvine,

That’s embarrassing – we definitely try to do better! I’ve filed this for correction in the next release. The gendered text only appears in the email description, not the default email text, fortunately.

Regards,
Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

@asmecher No worries! I know when making stuff from scratch, things move fast with some oversight at times. I appreciate you pushing this forward for release. I think I saw it under a different field as well, so you might do a scan of the instructions for each of the email templates to ensure neutral language is consistent. Thank you so much!

@asmecher I suppose it should say “sent” not “send” as well. Thanks! I don’t mind helping with tweak suggestions, so long as you don’t mind receiving them. All the best, V

Thanks, Primoz. It’s not in the editable template, unfortunately, but the instructions.

Hi @virvine,

Tweaked that as well. Always happy to receive suggestions. I did search for more occurrences of “his” / “him” throughout the language files and didn’t see any – but please do let me know if you see other cases.

Regards,
Alec Smecher
Public Knowledge Project Team

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