Sophie - So, um... about that custom text in my style.
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September 2016

Date: 2016-09-29 23:56
Security: Public
Mood:embarrassed embarrassed
Tags:apology, dreamwidth, psa
Subject: So, um... about that custom text in my style.

It's just come to my attention that I may have unintentionally portrayed myself as an Australian-Danish woman in Australia to some people looking at my Dreamwidth - namely, those who look at other journals in their own style. (Which you can do by setting the "Journal Pages Shown to You" box on this page, or by putting "?style=mine" at the end of a journal URL.)

The story is that this text (describing myself as someone I wasn't) was in my custom text module in my style. Since my style doesn't actually use the custom text module, it didn't show up for most people viewing my journal, including me. However, while previewing a style for someone else, I noticed this description and thought it may have been accidentally hardcoded in the style, so I let them know. As it turns out, though, the problem was on my end. Oops.

I guess I must have been testing styles at some point with someone and may have needed to use the custom text module to see how it looked. My guess is that I then left the text in there unintentionally, and never noticed until now because it doesn't normally show up.

I sincerely apologise to anybody who I have accidentally misled. While I am not going to detail what the text read (or whom the text actually described - even if I could remember) out of privacy concerns, the text did portray me as being in several underprivileged groups to which I do not actually belong.

To be clear, I am a white 34-year-old transgender woman living in Scotland in the UK. I am not currently employed and am living with my parents. My hobbies mainly revolve around the computer, including making music. I have a mild ataxic cerebral palsy, but no other physical diagnosed issues.

I don't know how long this text has been up, as I don't remember the last time I edited that part of my style, but I just deleted it. Once again, I am extremely sorry if I misled anyone. This is completely my fault and I cannot apologise enough for appropriating (even unintentionally) things to which I have no right.

Thank you for reading.

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User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2016-09-29 23:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Thank you for the update... while I was not among those who may have assumed you were in Australia, I am all the same glad to know where you are now and that you are okay.

It's always great to hear from you.

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User: [personal profile] sophie
Date: 2016-10-01 01:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

It's nice to hear from you, too! How are you doing? It's been a while.

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User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2016-10-01 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

I'm good! Things are stable. My kids are about to graduate from high school and go to college, which is quite surreal. Time really does speed up the older you get.

I'm not writing fiction much these days, but I've pretty much decided to stop worrying about that and allow myself to say I'm taking a break.

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User: [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke
Date: 2016-10-02 19:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

We never saw your custom text, but then we know full well where you live. *Hug*

That can be really embarrassing when it happens though x.x


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