This article contains guidelines to make your feature or variable naming more inclusive. Feel free to share, copy, edit, etc.
Be mindful of your choice of words and use them to support an inclusive work environment. Avoid using language that is:
Below are lists of words to try to avoid due to their racist, prejudiced, or otherwise harmfully exclusive history and associations. If you see these, please consider updating them and referencing this page for justification.
In many cases, the terms here connote or denote meaning that serves no purpose in the context it is being used. Therefore these terms are simply not efficient in communicating it’s intended meaning.
|blacklist||Relies on the (racist) connotation that black = bad to communicate its intended technical meaning of a list of disallowed entities.||denylist, blocklist|
|master||It is important to acknowledge the centuries of enslavement of African Americans when using the term. I’m doubtful that using this term as a feature or variable name can also adequately convey the necessary cultural deference so as not to erase such serious part of our history.||controller, manager, director, conductor, orchestrater/or, owner, main|
|slave||see master||worker, agent, soldier, unit, pawn|
|hang||avoid when usage might have militaristic or racist meaning||frozen|
|destroy, kill, dead||violent language||stop, stopped, halt, end, shutdown|
|blind||unperceptive, isolated, independent, disconnected, lacking visibility/vision|
|chairman, manpower, man in the middle, etc||male-gendered language reinforces male primacy||chairperson, power, middleperson|