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Saturday, February 20 • 3:15pm - 3:55pm
Words Matter

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Open source technology is better, faster, and more creative because of the diverse perspectives and experiences that are represented in its communities. If open source is truly meant to be inclusive and a place where anyone can participate, it must be welcoming to all.

If any person or groups of people feel unwelcome because of the language being used in a community, code or documentation, then the words should change. We can choose words that are precise, not dependent on metaphors, and convey messages without negative connotations.

We will discuss the process of auditing our own work - our code, documentation and content - and identifying potentially divisive language. We will also talk about methods to standardize replacements and collaborate with writers and developers to carry out these changes in a sustainable way.

Working to eradicate problematic language from our open source code and documentation is just one action in a larger effort of diversity and inclusion. For open source to continue to be the best way to create better solutions faster, we must break down any barrier that could potentially inhibit participation and make the documentation and development process more inclusive for all.

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Josip Vilicic

Technical Writer, Red Hat
Technical Writer, social justice advocate, and musician.

Eliane Pereira

Technical Writer, Red Hat
Technical Writer for RHEL

Saturday February 20, 2021 3:15pm - 3:55pm CET
Session Room 1