A DISCUSSION OVER the appropriateness of the .bro extension in a new and inclusive internet has caused things to boil over in some parts and got more than a few pairs of Y-Fronts in a twist.
It is not often that the naming of an extension is up for debate, but this one, which could have been .br or .bro, does have that something about it. A long discussion post on the Bugzilla pages shows the question thrown up for debate, and the result sees the decision thrown to the wolves at Reddit.
A long thread in the forum entitled Change the content encoding type from ‘bro' to ‘br' concerns the Brotli Compressed Data Format and the best way to abbreviate it. Problems have arisen following concerns that it might alienate ladies and Brazilians, and presumably Brazilian ladies in particular.
The debate was started by Google and pushed forwards by Mozilla engineer Patrick McManus, who questioned the sensitivity of the name.
Google and Mozilla ditch the .bro file extension because of feminist concerns. Reddit naturally spews bile. https://t.co/itF5nI27ZY— Shona Ghosh (@shonaghosh) October 12, 2015
"'bro' has a gender problem, even though the dual meaning is unintentional. It's misogynistic and unprofessional due to the world it lives in. I received a series of 'bro' jokes in response to my posting about this new feature. Best to avoid it rather than spending time defending an arbitrary nickname," he said.
Avoidance was the best policy, and the result of the discussion is the acceptance of this advice. Google's Zoltan Szabadka said that, after a talk with one lady, a decision has been made.
"I have asked a feminist friend from the North American culture sphere, and she advised against bro. We have found a compromise that satisfies us, so we don't need to discuss this further. Even if we don't understand why people are upset from our cultural standpoint, they would be (unnecessarily) upset and this is enough reason not to use it," he said.
The decision has not found favour with all parties. "That's plain stupid. People who are offended by an HTTP header accidentally named like a slang word for a (male) friend have serious mind issues and should go see a doctor instead of being kept happy by developers," said one Reddit poster.
Another added that no one seems to have a problem with the .sys extension which would seem to be gender equivalent.
This carries on at Reddit where the males have come out in protest. "Political correctness gone fucking stupid, yet there was little/no press about Icann blocking the .gay internet domain suffix. What a fucked up world we live in," said one poster. µ
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