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marcmagus: (regexp)
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 10:13 am

I awoke this morning to an email from the LiveJournal Community Care Team explaining that the changelog is beta code and that they would have fixed this before release:

Letter you've probably seen by now )

Given hope, I went and checked out the changelog. True to their word, r16042 rolls back the commits associated with the gender field over the last few days.

Hopefully when this comes back it will retain an "Unspecified" field and add "Other".

Given that the first diff went in on 2009-12-10, I kind of wonder how long it would have taken before somebody inside LiveJournal had caught this and fixed it [and how they would have fixed it] had [personal profile] synecdochic not caught it and pointed it out.

marcmagus: (regexp)
Monday, December 14th, 2009 11:26 pm

Update: LiveJournal has rolled back the relevant changes and sent letters indicating these changes would never have been allowed to go live.

If you haven't heard yet, [personal profile] synecdochic has pointed out that LiveJournal is changing their codebase to make the gender field mandatory at account creation. http://synecdochic.dreamwidth.org/366609.html

I've been asked if the code really does what's being reported, and I'm starting to see a fair amount of speculation about what it does and what it will do, so I'm going to go over the changelog entries which seem relevant myself and report back on what I find.

Details behind the cut )

TLDR: I'm not 100% certain, but my code browse suggests this forces only new users to select a gender. I'd anticipate an upcoming change to force existing users to select a gender at next profile edit, if this doesn't do it. I believe you will still be able to change your gender in your profile, unless they decide to add some extra Fail.

Edit: If it's not immediately apparent to you why this is a bad thing, well, I don't have the energy to explain it right now. [livejournal.com profile] rm does an excellent job at http://rm.livejournal.com/1770434.html.