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Opened 7 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#24513 closed enhancement (fixed)

Refer to user as 'them' rather than 'it'

Reported by: johnbillion Owned by: ryan
Milestone: 3.7 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.5
Component: Text Changes Keywords: has-patch commit 3.7-early
Focuses: Cc:


We usually refer to a singular user as 'them' but on the Add New User screen in Multisite we use 'it'.

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Change History (9)

7 years ago

#1 @johnbillion
7 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch i18n-change added

#2 follow-up: @toscho
7 years ago

  • Cc info@… added

How can a single new user be them?

I am not a native speaker, but this looks odd.

#3 @johnbillion
7 years ago

It's a singular pronoun used when using him or her isn't relevant.

#4 in reply to: ↑ 2 @rmccue
7 years ago

Replying to toscho:

How can a single new user be them?

I am not a native speaker, but this looks odd.

More specifically: "they"/"them" is used for gender-indeterminate subjects/objects (not neuter) whereas "it" is usually used for non-gendered subjects/objects. See also Wikipedia.

Most style guides seem to be ambivalent on the issue, preferring to rewrite the sentence to avoid it. That said, given precedent in core, +1.

#5 @SergeyBiryukov
7 years ago

  • Keywords commit added; i18n-change removed
  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 3.6
  • Version changed from trunk to 3.5

Would be consistent with the other strings in the file.

#6 @ocean90
7 years ago

  • Keywords 3.7-early added
  • Milestone changed from 3.6 to Future Release

#7 @wonderboymusic
7 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 3.7

these are all marked 3.7-early

#8 @ryan
7 years ago

  • Owner set to ryan
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 24992:

Bestow sentience upon users. Level up their pronoun.

Props johnbillion
fixes #24513

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