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Janne "Lietu" Enberg

The term "master" is a bad one, but claiming it's racist is an idiotic reason to change it. It's non-descriptive and counter-intuitive vs e.g. "default".

Has nothing to do with racism, "master" is not a racist term, and this is not a race issue.

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Christian Baer

Thing is, we do not get to decide what counts as racist, as we (the white dudes) are not affected by it. Your argument is invalid, sorry.

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Janne "Lietu" Enberg

No, sorry, yours is. You don't get to invalidate me because of my skin color or genitalia.

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Christian Baer

Try this one with a PoC and see how this works out...

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Janne "Lietu" Enberg

So you're saying they have special rights to disregard people because of their skin color?

No, nobody does.

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Christian Baer

This is a waste of time. If you want to be racist, be...

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Janne "Lietu" Enberg

What an incredibly stupid statement and pretty ridiculous of you trying to make me into a racist because I don't think the term "master" in Git is racist.

Grow up.

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Godstime Osarobo

I just have to say something here. Cause this whole thing is getting quite ridiculous. As a person of African origin(Nigerian - born Austria raised in Ireland) I've never seen master with regards to git as something that is related to slavery. Never. I've always understood it as the master branch. As in the main branch. The way I see it, this change is more of a nice-to-have cause it makes more sense now.
Even with the master-slave strategy which I used when working on Robocode virtual AI robots, I understood the context. This robot controls the other robots and those robots follow the command of that robot, so its called Master-slave. This has nothing to do with human slavery. Robots/Machines/Software/Code don't have emotions. If I wanted to, I could call my computer my slave and there'd be nothing ethically/morally wrong with that. Why? Because it's a machine that has no emotions and it was specifically built to obey the commands I give to it. It's a machine not a human and I understand that difference.
Personally I feel that these small remarks by companies saying "this is making people of colour feel more inclusive in the industry" or that "this shows that we support people of color", actually downplays the real problems that people of color actually face in industry.
Either way I'm happy about the change (although my OCD will now cause me to change all my Github repos from master to main. So a big thanks to

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for helping out with that). 'Main' makes more sense but this shouldn't be used as a "See, we support people of color now. So we cool?" card.
This is just my opinion as a black person. I understand that there are other black people that feel differently about this and I respect their views just as I hope they respect mine.
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ino76

Exactly. Main is pretty good word. But the reasoning about slavery in git is just pure laughable and ridiculous.

So this invalid reason make the switch completely 'redundant'. Like we have not many things to learn? And now some crazy devs are clogging our code with some politics/ideology/banCulture dumb shit?

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ino76

I say, change where it matters! Use brain the right way! Be at least reasonably good person at best the best version of yourself. Respect others. Thas it.

And don't add another problems milions of others devs .. like renaming branches on github for no reasons. That doesn't spark joy -___-