main irks the shit out of me. Probably not worth talking about in public, but man. The sheer pointless self-righteousness of doing nothing but a purely symbolic thing.
NISTIR 8366 is the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Interagency Report titled “Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards”, and functions as a standardized guidebook for choosing appropriate language within CS. It’s a short document – only 8 pages of content – that covers a wide range of topics. Section 4.1 is a bullet-point list with headers like “Avoid terms that assign a gender or sex to inanimate objects” and “Avoid colloquialisms, metaphors, similes, idioms, and other unnecessary jargon”. This is the section where the document first brings up “master/slave”, under the header “Avoid terms that perpetuate negative stereotypes or unequal power relationships”. The same document later gives the example “The terms “master/slave” to describe a model where one device or process controls another as subordinate should be avoided.”
Avoid terms that assign a gender or sex to inanimate objects: *Examples: male/female connectors; male bolt/female nut*